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If you attend an auction, never bid on an item that you have not examined at the preview. If you’re bidding online, study the item’s description and photos, and call for more information, especially about condition. The auction often has important information that is not included in the short description and can’t be seen in a photograph.



#1 Investigate condition concerns.charles116 2012-10-17 19:00
Also, especially on eBay, sellers are often dishonest.
One man's 'fleabite' is another 's Grand Canyon.
Also be suspicious of badly focused photos - it may be deliberate, to hide damage.
Some sellers also refer to hairline cracks as 'crazing'.
I can't believe they can't tell the difference.
Eve n a small chip on a piece of glass drastically lowers it's value, on pottery, which CAN be repaired, not as much.

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