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    Ebay shopping

    Just bought a trumpet for my son, who will be going into 4th grade.

    Odd(and annoying) thing I noticed is that there are knock off "brand name" horns going on sale there, i.e. pro model horns (schilke, for instance) being duped and sold as shilke (minus the "c"). It strikes me as odd that this has been going on continuously and ebay does nothing about it. Caveat emptor, but as a former semi-pro musician I know the difference, but what about people who don't?
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    Hopefully, if the horn is not good quality, the people who buy the knock-off will be able to return it for a refund ... But if they are non-musicians, they might not notice!
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    The difference is about $1500 in price, and if you're not careful, you could be.....unhappy.
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    Caveat Emptor: Buyer Beware.

    I'm sure the Sellers do this on purpose, hoping Buyers consider it a 'typo.'
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    It's on purpose, in 99.999999999999999999999% of the cases I've seen it's a chinese knock-off, just like in many other industries.
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    I've seen incredibly obviously fake fossils on there, or at least what I thought were fake, for about $200+. Being a Newbie in that type of market, I did my research and read many many articles about fakes being sold. I don't think I'd ever buy something like that from Ebay, way too risky for way too much.

    I don't get why Ebay doesn't do anything about it. I would bet it's because they make money off it as well, as I think it costs money to put something up for sale. But maybe they also don't have the time to sift through hundreds of fake items which I am sure are sold and bought every day.
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