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Be careful out there!? Is Insulater Fraud Rampant?

CreekWalker

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Jun 7, 2009
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Seen on ebay today! The following appears to be a common place practice. This is the wording of the completed auction. "This is a sale consisting of 3 Raspberry Hem no 12 $9.99 each $29.97 2 Armstrong Purple TS $12.99 each $25.98 2 Purple Hem 42 $14.99 each $29.98 3 Red hem 42 $14.99 each $44.97 2 Red Hem TS $12.99 each $25.98 2 hem 12 Orange $9.99 each $19.98 3 hem 42 Red/Orange $14.99 each $44.97 2 Hemingray 10 Blue $9.99 each $19.98 2 Whitall Amber $14.99 each $29.98 Total $271.79 with Free shipping." [attachment=red hemingray D4.jpg] This great seller was fair with pricing, honestly, stated the following.
"I purchased these beautiful glass items from a local Arizona maker / Artist. They can make just about any color or shade in any just about size insulator out there. They also provide custom drilling for lighting applications.!!" What concerns me, is the post sale usage, of these dyed insulators. Notice the sellers next statement. "To maintain these should be hand washed in cool soapy dish water cool rinsed, then hand dried. Please do not put in dishwasher." Definitely meaning mishandling the insulator will damage the finish! The next seller might not have this warning. Thanks goodness for a honest seller, let's hope the buyer, who turns seller, fills in the next purchaser as to the actual condition! And next ,is the popular practice of irradiated insulators, just like bottles! It seems to automatically add $300 to their value! [attachment=irratiated petticoat1.jpg] [class="videscquotes"] This buyer states: “CD 151 purple irradiated petticoat h.g.o. insulator has some chips and bruises, other wise in very good condition, just like the real one, cannot tell the difference, and I had someone test insulator and they were only 95 persent sure,[class="videscquotes"]” The price for this one, is only $400 US dollars. Pretty good profit for a $2 insulator, well, $2 if perfect, I'm sure 100% percent of forum readers would agree. Insulators were made to prevent electric shock, so don't be shocked , "Be careful out there." http://www.ebay.com/itm/CD-151-Irradiated-Purple-Petticoat-H-G-O-Insulator-/231725921533?hash=item35f3f0f4fd:g:7k4AAOSw~bFWHCM8#viTabs_0
 

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nhpharm

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Apr 24, 2007
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Yeah...the heat stained insulators are rampant. The good thing is that for the most part they are easy to spot because of the crazy colors and also because they feel kind plasticy when you handle them...but online people could definitely get scammed. The purple irradiated stuff is trickier since there are a lot of valid sun colored insulators out there that are the same color.
 

CreekWalker

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Jun 7, 2009
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West Tenn.
That's right! The ICON website is your best bet, when starting out. I noticed values of some purple types have fallen dramaticly , due to over supply of the irradiated insulators. I compared Icon's 2007 prices, to recent 2014 and 2015 auction prices realized. An example is the HG.Co. CD 145 , narrow shirt, in purple (dark),which is bringing one seventh the 2007 prices of $800-1000.
 

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