So I just started getting into collecting some memorabilia, and I found the site icollector.com. I scored some movie props from there from Premiere Props, and then found this "live auction" with an auctioneer called "High End Memorabilia".
The auction prices seemed great. I got an awesome Sopranos plaque with a script signed by a bunch of the cast (including James Gandolfini) and a Rush album cover signed by three members of the band. For both, with shipping and premiums, I paid about $750.
Live and learn, it was only after I won that I did my due diligence.
This is the auctioneer's next upcoming auction (which has the same Rush album signed that I "won"):
I googled the auctioneer's phone number and it links to "Front Row Memorabilia". There are a couple of threads on here related to them being scammers.
Both "High End Memorabilia" and "icollector.com" have not answered my inquiries.
Ugh . .
Where do I go from here? I only have an invoice from Paypal for my payment. No communication, shipping info, or anything. Should I just open a Paypal dispute?
Yes. Open a dispute.
i can't find anything wrong at i.collector.com but could be wrong...could you place the sopranos signed script? because i'am very curious about the autographs...
Isn't icollector just a venue with High End Memorabilia the actual vendor? I do think it would be best to show us the pieces you are asking about to get opinions.
Yes icollector is a venue but they have "High End Memorabilia" as their featured auction on the homepage . . not sure if they cut a deal to be featured like that.
Here are the items:
what i see on the sopranos script is that these are fast signings but can't say these are authentic or not ''so i have doubts'' normaly a signed sopranos script is worth a lot more but at auction it could end lower.
The only thing I can add to this is pertaining to the Sopranos script. I can't speak to the other signatures but the James Gandolfini is 100% forged. Therefore, I can only assume the others are as well. Either way, one fake signature invalidates the whole item in my opinion anyway. Good luck, please keep us informed with the outcome.
CJ, Joe W gave you the right advice: Open a PayPal dispute. As long as you didn't pay Friends and Family you should be protected for six months.
Find out what they want from you to prove that what you bought is likely not authentic.
The exact same script and the exact same photo is or was being offered at Touch of Modern. Here's the Google page:
It could be a copy of one, genuine or otherwise.
If they are selling the exact same album again, that's probably suspicious enough right there. You can point them to the links here too.
The seller is in California, so you have strong protection. Any sales from autograph dealers or auction houses from or into Calif. are covered with a very strong law that entitles you to 10x damages plus legal fees if they don't comply. The seller may give you a refund just for telling them that they have violated the law statute—if the items are not real.
"...Should the bidder choose not to go forward with the purchase, or cancel their item/s; they are still liable for the 25% premium as a penalty and an additional 25% Restocking fee..."
That says a lot. Steve & Joe are correct. Good luck :)
Paypal can override their return policies. These were not as represented. Paypal is very good at protecting their consumers.
Also, if you paid with a credit card via Paypal, you also have possible recourse through them as well.
That says it all. Do a search for LuxeWest and see what you find in listings.