Oh I agree with you completely...it doesn't matter how much someone pays if they paid for X but got Y...and though I'm not American, my impression of much of this whole situation has much to do with the price paid.
Originally Posted by Amanda
Let's be honest here...how do sellers selling false products get away with it and manage to rack up hundreds and thousands of sales? Whether it's eBay, Amazon, Etsy or anywhere else online, more often than not, the seller is charging a price that the buyer feels (most of the time), that it isn't worth making a stink over...like AAA 9mm Akoya earrings for $25 USD (for example). The bottom line is that even if the person is upset that they didn't get Akoya's, they'll figure it's not so bad since at least they didn't over pay for freshwater (again for example)...and this is a big part of the problem.
If it wasn't for the fact that people are willing to risk it on questionable purchases (and I'm not saying that is the case for the OP), then these scammers would be shut down due to lack of sales.
Personally, I'm beyond tired of seeing the massive amount of sellers that clearly are falsely labeling the pearls...and it doesn't matter where they are located...China, Australia, USA, UK, Canada etc...if buyers didn't say to themselves "ohhhh wow $1,000 Akoya's for $0.99; I am so buying that...", then most of the problem wouldn't exist. It's the buyer that allows these people to continue to scam.
David - Toronto, Ontario, Canada