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Willits Model Canoe - NOT!!

Discussion in 'Scale and Miniature Canoe Models' started by pat chapman, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. pat chapman

    pat chapman Willits biographer

  2. bredlo

    bredlo LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Authentic indeed - even has a scaled down rotten stem! ;)

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  3. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    You gotta be kidding me! I had to send the lister a message......we'll see how he responds.
  4. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams all wood nut

    Pat, are you sure? It looks SO close to the Willits I own, that I might have to pay shipping from England! I gotta have it!
  5. OP
    pat chapman

    pat chapman Willits biographer

    Chris - I beat you to it and sent a message to the seller when I saw the posting. I don't expect a response to either of us, particularly since there already is a bid on this choice collectible.
  6. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    How is it that he has so many transactions but still maintains a 100% score? There must be a way to manipulate the numbers?
  7. Roger Young

    Roger Young display sample collector

    Another cheap, Asian or Chinese import masquerading as an authentic 'salesman's sample'. It never ends. The seller has more than likely been cruelly deceived him/herself by those who sold to him/her. Like several others here on the Forum, I have written as well, encouraging the removal of this inaccurate listing, and also giving some info where the real stuff can be seen. Hopefully, the seller will respond.

    Glad to see that you jumped on this early Pat, and I hope the seller recognizes your authority for doing so.

    Regards all,
  8. OP
    pat chapman

    pat chapman Willits biographer

    Here's the complete, unedited reply to my message I got this morning from the seller:


    At least I got a response. I note, however, that the listing has not changed. There remains one bid on this gem.
  9. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    I think that the seller(s) knows that they are selling fake imports and don't care as long as they can con a few people. I just don't get how he keeps his 100% rating. I don't suppose ebay has a vehicle for reporting fraud? I should think they would want to keep their reputation positive, unless they turn the other way and don't care either?
  10. OP
    pat chapman

    pat chapman Willits biographer

    That's why I was surprised to get a response. I did just now find a link in the listing to report the item to eBay. Just did that, so we'll see if anything happens. By the way, it was just pointed out to me that the shipping charge is nearly the same price as the starting list price. How can this deal get any better?
  11. bredlo

    bredlo LOVES Wooden Canoes

    This is one situation where I'm not particularly concerned about the seller's dishonesty and/or ignorance.

    If someone is knowledgeable enough to know the Willits name, then they've more likely than not seen one. And if they have an internet connection to bid on it, they can quickly see that this isn't the real deal with a quick google search.

    Then again, maybe there's a Brit by the name of W. Illits who builds model canoes... and this is all on the up and up. :rolleyes:
  12. OP
    pat chapman

    pat chapman Willits biographer

    So I got an auto reply from eBay on the listing. In effect it says they will check into it and take any appropriate action. We'll see if they do. Don't hold your breath...
  13. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    My guess is that a seller in this situation could plead ignorance ("well that's what I was told when I bought it") and eBay probably has the "let the buyer beware" attitude, and won't do much, if anything.

    Unless it's a totally phony ad, where the seller doesn't actually have the item, if eBay is going to make a little money they may not care. That may sound cynical, but hey. It's all about money, power, and somebody being able to buy a big-screen TV. Everything will be all messed up until the Vulcans land and fix everything.

    I do know eBay gets after sellers for high postage rates though... like a 99 cent item with $20 shipping... eBay doesn't like that, because they can't make money off of postage.

    I did have luck pursuing something through PayPal's really boring and involved process requiring faxing of documents-- I *won* and could have gotten my money back if I'd returned the item to the seller who misrepresented it. By then, I had invested in fixing the item and it would have been foolish to send it back. Lesson learned: see what the seller usually sells. If it's used computers, don't let him pretend this was his little personal laptop.

    Peace and Long Life
  14. ralphdisley

    ralphdisley Scale model canoe builder

    A canoe with oars should indicate its a fake :d
    i never saw a man oar a canoe up river.

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