I’ve been buying from Ebay off and on for years, usually when I’m looking for something specific that I can’t find anywhere else. In the past you’d go to Ebay to find a bargain and you did. It was a great place. I’d been more than pleased with every single purchase. Unfortunately things have changed. There are so many scammers on there these days, it’s almost impossible to know if you will receive what you think you’re buying or just a piece of junk. I love vintage, silver jewelry and have purchased some lovely things from the honest Ebay sellers.
Today I was reading a few sites warning buyers about the fake silver being sold by Ebay sellers. They seemed to think all the fake silver being sold was from China and a few other countries outside the US. Many commenters on this one site thought if they stick with US sellers, they’ll be safe from fraud. Not so, folks. I recently went looking for a sterling ring for a family member who happens to wear a size impossible to find in the retail world. I wanted sterling silver and since there aren’t any jewelers in my area who will size silver, I needed the correct size. I found what I was looking for from a US merchant on Ebay. This merchant had a 100% positive rating out of thousands of customers. Couldn’t go wrong, right?
Wrong. The ad clearly stated that the ring was rhodium over .925 sterling silver. I bought the ring, gave it as a gift and the lady was thrilled with it. Now three months later, she’s not so thrilled. The rhodium had worn off and it turns her finger green. The ring is base metal, not silver. I don’t like being scammed, but what bothers me most is that I’d left this seller a positive review. Will I still buy silver jewelry from Ebay? Yes, but most likely only from the individuals selling a few items, not large venders. I also won’t be leaving any reviews unless I have the item tested right away. So beware, US venders can be just as unscrupulous as foreign venders.