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UNETHICAL ANTIQUE DEALER

Ellis Antiques in Collingswood, NJ This dealer paid us $150 for 50 antiques. She said they were practically worthless in today's market. Look in her Ebay store. She is selling the two Jasperware dishes for $159 and $59.00. And that is only two of them! She got four of them and four discontinued Lladro too. This woman is a thief. It is bad enough we had to sell things that had been in our family for three generations to try to keep our house out of foreclosure. Being cheated like this is the ultimate indigniture. Shame on you Ellis Antiques! Customers, do you want to do business with a dealer who lies about the value of antiques?
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#96222

The dealer told me I was obligated to sell to her after she "valued" the items. I called other dealers and the NJ Attorney General's office.

This was not true. And a dealer can offer as little as they want for anything but they cannot KNOWINGLY lie and deceive anybody.

#95855

I was wondering is it legal for a antique dealer to lie and say that your antiques are not worth much in the market the sell them for a high price?

I sold some antiques to a dealer and they said it was not worth much in today's market sold them very cheap 3 dollars a piece, but after selling the antique dealer sold just about every item for much much more than what i was paid for them. Is it illegal for them to do so after telling you they are near worthless in today's market?

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SJZ, Member in Good Standing of the New York Bar

It is legal. You did not pay them for their expert opinion (i.e. pay them as a consultant or appraiser). Instead you went to a dealer to sell your goods. Since you did not pay them for their opinion, they did not violate any sort of a contract by not giving you an accurate price; and as for fraud, it is a given that a dealer of any kind will quote a price below what they hope to sell it for--that's how they make money. Getting a lowball price from a dealer is not fraud, it's how the business works, and you could have bargained the price up, looked for a second opinion from another dealer, walked away entirely, etc.

#95849

idk if this is legal and will continue to search if it is but this is very wrong to do to a person when i find out if its legal i will let you know

#95847

you...are really a *** to think that antique anything is worth only 3 bucks a pop. why didnt you research ebay before you calle her. dumbassdumbassdumbass

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