View Full Version : Be Careful about Buying Half Cents on EBay
10-11-2012, 09:12 PM
On E-Bay - so many listings (headings and descriptions) will say half cent but the picture will be a large cent.
But another issue just happened to me for the second time which is too often to be a coincidence.
I won an auction for a half cent -then the seller sent me a large cent anyways (same date)...Now I can understand maybe of every 200-300 e-bay transactions, a dealer maybe shipping the wrong coin to the wrong person but of the 7 cheaper common late date half cents (49,50,51,53,54,55,56), I've tried to win 6 of them on e-bay and twice was shipped the large cent version when the picture and description were for the half cent. Both times I was offered a full refund but now I wonder - has anyone else come across this or is this just another variation of my lousy luck?
10-12-2012, 02:19 PM
Let's see, common large cent in good, $15, common half cent $40, nope not lousy luck, lousy sellers. Yell and scream, ebay, bad feedback, etc. What is this scam? Sell a large cent at a half cent price. Upside, lots more money, downside, seller pays return postage, or, if you're more greedy, no returns, and blow them off when they complain.
Scream to eBay, try to collect the money thru their buyer protection, but make sure you follow their procedure, contacting the seller, being blown off by him, documented, etc. If a few do that, ebay will dump him. And don't [U]ever[U] buy anything from him again. Not an accident, the guy used a picture, anything other than that coin is wrong.
12-18-2012, 09:10 PM
I know for many collectors who do not have access to coin shows...for a variety of reasons...I know for many of you your options are limited. My suggestion is to go to our Web Site and check out EAC Dealers for their web address and look at the sellers in the back of Penny-Wise.....at least with these individuals you you should have better experiences in buy early copper coins!!!
Take it easy.....Leo
12-18-2012, 11:04 PM
I'm a new copper collector since September 2012. I've spent a lot of time looking at coins on eBay. I've actually bought one that was nice, but got tired of spending postage sending several others back. Now I buy from EAC dealers pretty much exclusively and have rarely been disappointed. I insist on good photos unless the dealer understands what I'm looking for, and I deal with several that do. It helps to send them photos of your collection. The dealers who are not afraid to pass up a sale by saying, "this one's not right for you" are my heros and worth spending a premium on the sale. Some things are just not worth looking for a bargain. It's like an auto mechanic. You learn after awhile who to go to, who to avoid, and then you deal with the good ones all of the time. Thanks & happy holidays to all of my favorite dealers. You guys are awesome!
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