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Biggest stitch up down the years

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Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby theforceuk » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:54 pm

Ok I'm new to this forum, but have been collecting vintage Star Wars for many years and have some great memories of great finds down the years. But I did get stitched up once badly many years ago. I found this shop not far from where I lived that had some vintage stuff. I brought all the stuff I wanted over a period of about 6 months and got friendly with the guy who ran the shop. He put me on to another bloke who apparently had some nice loose figures. I met him in a layby :lol: and brought some nice figures Pop Up R2 and Luke Stormy. Then I said I'm looking for a VC Jawa and he said I have one. Cut a long story short he stitched me up with a fake one for £120 evan the blaster was repro :lol:

It took me about 6 months to realise it was fake so I whent back to the shop. The shop had been taken over by a new guy who woulden't give me any info. He also had some vintage stuff which was overpriced and in poor condition. Every time I asked him about a figure he said 'that one is very rare' evan if it was a Prune Face :roll: Anyway I cut my loses and never got done over again. Was wandering if anyone else has some good stories that might make me feel better :lol:
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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby Section 8 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:27 pm

I bought a VC jawa a good few years ago for around £5 and realised it was a repro cape and gun straight away. It displayed well but didn't really want to keep it in my collection. It looked pretty like an original so I just sold it to an unwitting upstart for £120 a few weeks later.

I had a bloody great time with the money so hope this happy story cheers you up a bit.
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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby momike » Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:48 pm

Section 8 wrote:I bought a VC jawa a good few years ago for around £5 and realised it was a repro cape and gun straight away. It displayed well but didn't really want to keep it in my collection. It looked pretty like an original so I just sold it to an unwitting upstart for £120 a few weeks later.

I had a bloody great time with the money so hope this happy story cheers you up a bit.


Think i would of kept that one to myself tbh :lol:

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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby poncho » Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:02 am

momike wrote:
Section 8 wrote:I bought a VC jawa a good few years ago for around £5 and realised it was a repro cape and gun straight away. It displayed well but didn't really want to keep it in my collection. It looked pretty like an original so I just sold it to an unwitting upstart for £120 a few weeks later.

I had a bloody great time with the money so hope this happy story cheers you up a bit.


Think i would of kept that one to myself tbh :lol:


me too :lol:

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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby tiefighterboy » Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:01 am

momike wrote:
Section 8 wrote:I bought a VC jawa a good few years ago for around £5 and realised it was a repro cape and gun straight away. It displayed well but didn't really want to keep it in my collection. It looked pretty like an original so I just sold it to an unwitting upstart for £120 a few weeks later.

I had a bloody great time with the money so hope this happy story cheers you up a bit.


Think i would of kept that one to myself tbh :lol:


That was a can of worms you just opened there. :shock:

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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby Grant_C » Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:09 am

:?

Yikes.......

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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby BlueDog » Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:56 am

Me thinks a tongue is firmly planted in a cheek with that comment.
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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby Richard_H » Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:34 am

Come on guys it's obvious Andy is joking. :lol:

Although there've been many scams down the years, some running into the 1000s like the recent $4500 for a notebook!, me personally not a huge lot:

- bought a 3 leg R2 to find out later it was modern about £8
- about a dozen repro weapons over the last 2 years
- bought parts for a Kenner Death Star described as mint but they were worn - all about £20 in total. Wasn't going to bother to send back to US.
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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby theforceuk » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:06 am

Section 8 wrote:I bought a VC jawa a good few years ago for around £5 and realised it was a repro cape and gun straight away. It displayed well but didn't really want to keep it in my collection. It looked pretty like an original so I just sold it to an unwitting upstart for £120 a few weeks later.

I had a bloody great time with the money so hope this happy story cheers you up a bit.


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :arrow: It's now the most expensive toy my daughter has. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby poncho » Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:27 am

I got fucked over on a repro vcj :x once.


Should of done my research mind. It was a lazy ebay listing with a grainy picture thought i got a bargain didnt spend loads and loads. I did at least get some some mint loosies as it was a part of a lot.

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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby walkie » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:10 am

Section 8 wrote:I bought a VC jawa a good few years ago for around £5 and realised it was a repro cape and gun straight away. It displayed well but didn't really want to keep it in my collection. It looked pretty like an original so I just sold it to an unwitting upstart for £120 a few weeks later.

I had a bloody great time with the money so hope this happy story cheers you up a bit.


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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby Pomse2001 » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:35 am

In the 90s when I started to collect the us marcel comics. Then I bought them in comic stores in denmark. I did not know about ebay at that time.

So I paid $100 for no. 1 and between $50 and $20 for no. 2 to no. 10. from no. 11 I paid $10 each. Lucky me I did not buy all 107 comics like that. Because the stores did not have them all. But I think I bought 50% of the comics like that. a few years later I learned about ebay and I bought the other 50% for maybe $1 each or less in usa

Wish I had learned about ebay or a star wars forum before I bought them in the shops :oops:

I also remember I could buy no. 1 on ebay 15 years ago for $1 in usa and I paid $100 :oops:

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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby walkie » Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:39 am

I did once pay £140 for a boxed imperial shuttle to find out the windscreen was chewed up, apparently by his dog!!! The seller failed to mention this in his listing. This was back in the days before 'buyer protection' so I ended up swallowing a bitter pill, keeping the item and buying a replacement elsewhere.

My latest stitch up was an AFA graded stormie I picked up on RS last year. I paid less then a loose example and decided to free him from his acrylic case for my display. All was happy in the 'walkie' camp till I found out a few months ago the blaster was a Kenner variant and not the rare Takara version, bummer :(
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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby weasel » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:06 am

Ask AJ about Han Duo. He probably won't thank you for reminding him of it though.
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Re: Biggest stitch up down the years

Postby x-pack » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:39 am

I've been lucky. Never been screwed over anything. Had problems with a buyer on Ebay once but it wasn't big money. Seems the VCJs are the source of all Star Wars buying grief


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