(Closed) Trusting Etsy Sellers?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Yes, get appraised as soon as you get it. Best to do that for insurance reasons anyway. If any doubts then speak with the seller and return.

Post # 3
1295 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I agree to get it appraised. Also, the seller coul dhave gotten the ring from an estate sale bout or a storage locker buy ont, and that is why the proce seems so low. In addition, most people do not actually get what jewelry is appraised for if they sell it. Since there are so many positive reviews, I would not worry, but get the apprasial to be safe. 

Post # 5
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’ve found it’s normal for vintage jewellery to be sold at about half the appraised value. Add on the lower karat of the gold and I don’t think it’s too suspicious. Also you never know if she’s lowered the price because she’s had it sitting for a while.

Post pics when you get it! Congrats!

Post # 6
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Jeweler a can vary. For the best idea call some in your area for more information

Post # 7
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

Yes any jewelry store will check stones with a diamond tester, check tightness of setting, and clean for free. Pretty ring – that is the one u wanted but he was not sure of right? I think it looks very classic. Congrats!

Post # 8
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1989

Beautiful ring!  I wouldn’t worry about it.  Just take it to your jeweler when you get it.   They should be willing to take a quick look at the diamonds and verify that they are real and give you the basic specs for no charge, especially since you will be having them size it. 

I’ve been looking and buying on ebay recently, and it is amazing how low the prices are on some really nice and high quality jewelry.  Many people just don’t want to buy “pre-loved”, so the prices are quite the bargain if you look carefully. 

Congratulations on you find, and I think it is great that you and Fiance now will both have the perfect rings!

Post # 9
1740 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I totally believe that the price can be that low despite the appraised value.  Jewelry resale is rarely as high as appraisal value (only when it’s new), which is why it’s not a good investment — even if it’s antique.  Also, your seller is online, she doesn’t have the overhead costs that brick and mortar stores have.  

I own a little retail shop (physical, not online).  I sell name brand (After Six, Perry Ellis, Oscar de la Renta, etc) tuxedos that have been rotated out of rental stock.  I sell them incredibly cheap, given the quality and brands.  But my supplier sells the exact stock even cheaper online; in fact he sells it so cheaply on ebay that I can’t compete with him, so I do not sell onlinne.  So every Saturday and Sunday I sit here in my shop where I pay for rent and electricity.  It’s just a market reality. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by  MelissainNC.
Post # 10
893 posts
Busy bee

xstaticsummers:  I got my ring custom made by an Etsy seller and I’ve been freaking out about my decision for 2 weeks, but I got regular updates and it looks pretty good. I get it today and I’m just hoping that it’s perfect and that I wasn’t scammed. The price was almost too good to be true, so I’m scared to get it appraised.

In your case, I think you should get it appraised as soon as you can (email the seller in case you get the ring on a weekend and so you have to wait until Monday to take it to the jeweler, and ask her if you can have until like Wednesday to send it back if need be) (also, I found a local jeweler that does free appraisals so you might be able to find someone too) but it looks like a great ring and it is probably from an estate sale or something where the seller got it for a good price and isn’t looking to make a huge profit. Hey, there must be some people in the world who just want to make nice things affordable!

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