Yet Another Scam

Similiar to the scam pointed out in the GoldKit post ‘Things We Buy’ runs an infomercial/commercial in which they want you to send them your watches, your very expensive watches. When you do their highly trained and paid ‘experts’ will evaluate and appraise your watch(es) and send you a check for them. Are we really this stupid? (Don’t answer that!) Does anyone believe a company is going to give them the full value of an item they intend to turn around and sell to someone else?! Please, people, stop falling for these scams. They continue because WE continue to be stupid!

Hawk (holding onto his Timex)

17 Comments

  1. Chilly

    I recall watching that GoldKit commercial the first time and wondering who would be stupid enough to blindly mail their valuables to some stranger to be “evaluated,” and then actually expect to be paid at all, much less a fair market value. ‘Course, what is the most frustrating is the fact that there really are people out there who fall for crap like this.

    Mr. Barnum was as accurate as any Harvard-educated analyst when he waxed philosophical about suckers and how often they are born.

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  2. hawk (Post author)

    Barnum was an optimist.

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  3. brittany

    yes most of these so-called great offers are phony as all hell, but im not so sure this one called thingswebuy is… i got curious about how legit they were and called the BBB and the BBB did confirm that thingswebuy is a legit company…

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  4. Hawk (Post author)

    There’s lots of ‘legit’ companies that are quite happy to screw you out of your money. ‘Legit’ has no practical meaning. Without spending the money to get your items appraised before sending them OFF to be “appraised” you’ll rarely have an accurate idea what your property is worth. These are scams through and through.

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  5. Tracie

    I sent in a nice piece of jewelry and was paid an agreeable amount. They were actually a great company to work with.

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  6. DK

    Agree with Tracie. I’ve sent in jewelry and gotten very fair prices in return. One thing you have to remember is that most jewelry does not hold its original value. Most people think jewelry holds its purchase value or even appreciates over time. IT DOES NOT! Also, why is it a scam if a company offers to give you less than what you paid for it, then turn around and sell it at a higher price? People, every company in America does that in one form or another. It’s called Capitalism. You don’t like it, FINE! Then don’t send your jewelry to them. Their website clearly points out that they offer prices below the actual value. However, they do tend to offer significantly higher amounts than a pawn shop would. Some people need cash. This is a good way to get cash if you are not expecting to receive what you paid for it. No one would give you what you pay for it. That’s just plain stupid. If someone bought a brand new diamond engagement ring 5 years ago for $1500, would you give them $1500 today for it? Of course not. Don’t criticize a company for doing not doing something that you wouldn’t do either. It’s not a scam. It’s fair capitalism and it happens every single day at Walmart and every other place you shop.

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  7. Hawk (Post author)

    I’ll criticize who and what the hell I want on MY blog. Feel free to start your own blog if you want to cheerleader for the scammers and rip-off artists out there.

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  8. Dottie

    I wonder?
    Do the positive posters work for these buyers?

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  9. Hawk (Post author)

    I’d bet some do. They probably get a few cents each time they post in favor of the scammers.

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  11. Tashamee

    So isn’t the question…is it a rip off or simply a disappoiment during times of such need when we know what the sacrafice is to us when we are giving up jewelry we spent good money on?

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  12. Hawk (Post author)

    I say it’s a rip off.

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  14. gwydo

    to the tard who thinks jewels and precious metal drepreciate over time, go to any bank and get the fair market value for gold,silver,and jewel for 40 years ago and now…… wow the value for the materials your stuff is made of has inflated considerably. these companies melt your stuff down and sell it to jewelry shops at fmv. so you are in turn getting ripped off, so keep it up if you want. me, i prefer to use my brain than toss out valuables for less than a penny on a dollar.

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  15. Lisa

    Thingswebuy.com is nothing but a COMPLETE joke!!! Bend over and grab ur ankles, folks if u expect ANY kind of a fair offer for ur jewelry because it AINT happening!! I was only offered $24 over the price that it cost me to ship the 8 items to this company a month ago, and still have not received the items back!!! I guess i should have expected to be fleeced like some of your previous bloggers, but not to THIS extent!! Don’t even waste your time because a reputable pawn shop would probably offer you 10 times what this company will offer, and you will save a high insured shipping price to boot. Thanks for letting me vent!!

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  16. greg

    to hawk
    no, I do not work for anyone.but I have to say that people go into business to make money.why in the hell would anyone pay you retail price for a ten year old broken gold necklace?jewelry looses value over time.those companies have to make a profit.what you paid for an item brand new is the retail price.no one who expects to stay in business is going to give you that price for old broken used jewelry.you would have to be a complete idiot to think that they would .just because you are an idiot does not make these people scammers.it is just goodd business sense.or think of it this way.do you think anyone would pay you the same price you paid for a brand new car ten years later with 100,000 miles on it?these companies have to make a profit.otherwise they go out of business.if you don’t like their offer don’t sell it to them. if you can sell your ten year old,broken and worn jewelry for the same price you paid for it more power to you but then you would be the scam artist then and the person who bought it from you would have to have his head examined.

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  17. Hawk (Post author)

    Greg,
    I don’t recall ever saying, hinting or implying that people should receive ‘retail value’ for their gold. Do go back and read what I wrote. I said full value, as in the actual sale value of the item at the time. I’m not an idiot (do try writing more legibly in the future) and these people are most certainly scammers taking advantage of those people desperate for money in these trying times.
    Have a day.

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