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Stamp Collectors Against Dodgy Sellers

stamptraders: Design Misrepresentation

In perhaps the most extreme case involving a mis-identified United States stamp on eBay seen to date, stamptraders advertised a faulty (thinned) US #35 as a #34, misleading bidders into thinking the stamp was worth more than 34 times its true catalog value.

This stamp attracted a bid of $422, but a SCADS warning prompted the bidder to retract his bid, resulting in no sale.

Shown at left is the #35 (type 5; catalog value: $65) that stamptraders advertised as a #34 (type 4; catalog value: $2,250).  At right is a certified #34 clearly showing the distinctive complete side designs as well as recutting at top.

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