This is not really a positive post, which I hope is okay. It's a warning and vent of sorts.
Wayyy back in May, I answered an ad on Craigslist (placed on both the Des Moines and Omaha sites) asking for blowmolds. I had quite a few I was looking to sell. The lady who posted the ad said she was a collector in Southeast Iowa, looking to enlarge her Christmas display. Her hubby was recovering from some medical issues and she didn't have much to spend on molds, but really wanted to enlarge her display.
The summer got away from me, and I got busy, so by the time we got something put together, it was the end of September. She couldn't come, so she sent a couple family members to meet me in Des Moines (I live outside Omaha) to do the deal the first Monday in October.
Being a soft touch for fellow collectors, I sold her stuff at bargain-basement prices: $5 for the small ones, $10 for the big ones. A Union Mrs. Claus and a couple Union gingerbread men. A SB Minnie Mouse. A SB snowman. A TPI snowman w/ broom. A Beco-pattern GF nativity. I *gave* her a weathered Poloron/Empire Santa, and an Empire sleigh.
Dirt cheap. But...whatever - a nice deal for a fellow collector who's a little tight on cash, right? She'll have the greatest display in SE Iowa! Not thinking any more of it, I took my $170 and went my merry way.
You can tell where this is going, can't you...?
Today I got a lowball offer message on a TPI Mrs Claus I'm selling on eBay. Turned out it was from the same lady, who didn't realize it was me she was messaging via eBay.
And who was now selling nearly all the molds I had sold her so cheaply, on eBay, at a handsome profit. That $10 Union Mrs. Claus I had sold her was now $70. Snoopy was $100. The Union gingerbread snowman is now $80. My old beat-up Empire Santa is now $75.
Suddenly, the little things that struck me as weird made sense: Why she really really wanted the Christmas molds I had right then, and not the passel of Halloween stuff I was offering to sell her (too late to really sell them for the Halloween rush, don't you know).
Why, when I emailed her a week later to tell her I'd forgotten to bring the baby Jesus for the nativity, she never emailed back to tell me where to send it (she didn't care about the set - she was just parting it out).
To be clear: I don't mind people selling molds for profit or as a way to fund their hobby. I do it myself. But it's pretty [email protected]
to deceive someone who thinks they're doing you a favor. Had I known she was going to flip them, I'd have never sold them to her so cheaply. Or maybe at all.
I won't broadcast names and such here. But if anyone wants more information on the person doing this (like their eBay account name), feel free to PM me.