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Pandora Jewelry

ashley42085
Adventurer
Is it OK to report an item that you know is a FAKE? I see some "Pandora" beads that are being sold and the seller states that they're authentic and claims that stamps of authenticity are present. I know Pandora beads very well and some of these beads I have NEVER seen before (designs, colers, etc). One example....Glass Murano beads that I know for a fact Pandora does NOT make!! I'm simply looking out for other buyers that may be getting ripped off as well.
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in reply to May 17, 2010 5:58:29 PM
winslow63
Scout
HI Ashley,

The "fakes" on Ebay are prolific. And you can report it if you like, but Ebay seldom does anything about it, from my experience.

If you search this posts on this board, you'll find numerous examples of other buyers who've been ripped off, too. Mostly buying from China/Asia...but not always.

Your best bet is to know about what you're buying and ask questions. Some sellers will acknowledge they're selling fakes when questions, even though their listings state otherwise.
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in reply to May 18, 2010 5:40:18 AM
beabsabc
Enthusiast
fake is fake, fake can be recognized easily,it will

be died out soon,however, honest businessman

can get the lasting benefits
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in reply to May 23, 2010 3:22:45 PM
lgre2323
Pathfinder
I have received beads from 7 sellers recently. Of all the beads only 2 appear to be genuine. All the photos were the real deal. For sure the beads I got were not the ones in the photograph.

It is one thing to bid up to $30 on a bead that retails for $45 but the beads I have received I wouldn't pay $5 at a bead show. All were listed as Genuine authentic Pandora. Only one came from out of the country, it was also a fake but slightly better. It came in an envelope with no inner wrap and was covered with graphite. What's with that?
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in reply to May 23, 2010 8:59:51 PM
winslow63
Scout
Sadly, "that" is all over Ebay...anything popular enough to copy, that can be copied inexpensively, is copied. I don't know much about the Pandora beads...but if the situation is anything like the Tiffany (silver) fakes-on Ebay, the sellers sometimes go as far as actually using the OM's photos.

For Ebay it's double edged sword-keeping buyers safe vs. reaping fees from sellers. And since buyers can always return items....

And don't feel bad-of my last eight or nine jewelry purchases here, all from U.S. sellers, only about three were "as described". Between sellers not really knowing what they have-and some not caring as long as they can make a buck-it's hardly worth the aggravation to shop for jewelry here anymore...imo.

There are still honest sellers with genuine items listed, but I live in a large city so the prices are generally higher than what I can buy comparable items for locally. Since the 'bargain hunting' aspect of Ebay was a large part of it's appeal for me..the veneer has worn quite thin.

I still see collectable peices listed which do well and even start bidding wars..and the sellers of these items are usually very knowledgable. I suppose if I was a 'die hard' fan of a specific type of jewelry I might feel differently.
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in reply to Jun 24, 2010 4:13:02 PM
hemingpn
Enthusiast
I report them every time I get -- I am a PANDORA collector and like many look for a good price. I have found a few reputable Pandora sellers and will now only purchase from them. Always sort for NEAREST FIRST it narrows it down to people mostly close to you (if you are in the US) and then you can easily match from a Pandora Jewerly store to EBAY -- it is a shame they are allowed to rip people off with FAKES!
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in reply to Jun 25, 2010 1:23:41 AM
jewelscollectingdust
Thrill-Seeker
I think its interesting here to reflect not only on the problems of fakes but also on the issue of legal lookalikes which are also all over ebay

Hinged opening glass / enamel / silver charms threaded on a chain doesn't strike me as being particularily unique - although you have to admire the way Pandora marketing has done a master job at producing the impression they definitely are !.

Its not against the law to make new similar looking charm beads where manufacturers might use Pandoras designs for inspiration.
Lets face it chain stores do this all the time - something appears on the catwalk and they will produce their version of it. The same occurs in jewellery.
What is of huge importance is what "stylistically similar" items get called and how they are described when they appear on ebay.

A common listing technique with Pandora lookalikes is that sellers state in the listing title "Silver / Glass bead - fits a Pandora bracelet / necklace" - rather than to actually call the item a "Pandora charm / bead".
This isn't actually incorrect - since the lookalikes mainly are deliberately made to fit over the same size chain as Pandora uses.
Its a play on words that is very effective at pulling up beads /charms made by other manufacturers alongside genuine Pandora charms / beads in searches.
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in reply to Jul 10, 2010 4:31:54 PM
lgre2323
Pathfinder
[/quote] A common listing technique with Pandora lookalikes is that sellers state in the listing title "Silver / Glass bead - fits a Pandora bracelet / necklace" - rather than to actually call the item a "Pandora charm / bead".
This isn't actually incorrect - since the lookalikes mainly are deliberately made to fit over the same size chain as Pandora uses.
Its a play on words that is very effective at pulling up beads /charms made by other manufacturers alongside genuine Pandora charms / beads in searches.[/quote]

The majority of the fakes I received were listed as Genuine Authentic Pandora Beads/charms. They mostly came from the US and nearby on the East coast.
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in reply to Oct 3, 2010 2:00:48 PM
I think its interesting here to reflect not only on the problems of fakes but also on the issue of legal lookalikes which are also all over ebay

Hinged opening glass / enamel / silver charms threaded on a chain doesn't strike me as being particularily unique - although you have to admire the way Pandora marketing has done a master job at producing the impression they definitely are !.



I don't know why lookalikes should be such a problem. If a person wants genuine Pandora beads all they have to do in an advanced search is ask for certain words like fits, or compatible NOT to appear.

Then I don't understand this, recently eBay unfairly pulled some of my bead listings (under my selling ID) that were "fits Pandora." (These beads were made by Kera for example, fine quality precious metal charms.) Unfortunately I am a small seller, and of course there are still several others, at least 28,000 "fits Pandora" since I last checked. eBay said they would send these others a warning, Well where was my warning!?

Then eBay claims you can never mention two competing manufacturers together. Yeah, right, I even deal with some companies that mandate that you mention their product is NOT made by somebody if you wish to sell it. About the conflict eBay says, well ask your lawyer.
Sure, at whose expense? Sure not eBay's.
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in reply to Dec 8, 2010 3:21:59 PM
nancysbeadbox
Enthusiast
I have the same problem with Ebay pulling my listings that say "fits" or "compatible with" Pandora also and yet thousands of other sellers can use it in their listings. Funny how a company who stole their concept from Trollbeads wants to monopolize everything now.
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in reply to Dec 8, 2010 4:15:18 PM
bonjourami
Rockstar
Did you say 'Fits Pandora 'in the title? That would be keyword spamming.If thousands of other sellers are saying this, its because noone reported them.


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in reply to Mar 1, 2013 8:44:41 PM
stuball_designs
Enthusiast

There are sellers with 15,000+ feedback and "sterling" reputations such as Collectabead on eBay. Following is my message convo with them when I tried to verify their authenticity. You decide....and also ask yourself if their grammar even sounds like an American?


 


Me: Do your beads come with COA and Pandora's Box?
Collectabead: May we know what is COA?
Me: certificate of authenticity?
Collectabead: We are so sorry we do not have any certificate of authenticity like you inquire.

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in reply to Mar 2, 2013 7:10:35 AM
bonjourami
Rockstar

Three year old thread..spamming the board, a violation.



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