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    Quote Originally Posted by CathyKeshi View Post
    I also found it interesting that she has a "garden business" selling rare-ish plants, and makes no mention of illness on those posts. I understand someone needing to urgently raise money, but someone sophisticated and knowledgeable to have acquired this collection would have better ways to dispose of it if needed ?
    I didn’t even notice that! Good sleuthing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    Trust your gut here.
    I found this too, on another listing that is supposed to be for a 37 miki strand. These do not seem to be well matched enough at all, and there is a visible pimple on one of the pearls. Impossible that such quality would pass even for A1.Name:  64743A23-ACDA-4177-86A0-63D725935CB0.jpg
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    Trying the photo again Name:  826EC2C3-02B1-402C-9BD5-F69955E33C6C.jpg
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    I really don't know; and am far from a Miki expert. There are others here who know far more than I. It is possible this poor lady is really ill, not thinking clearly, and desperate; I just don't know. For me, that's the point, I just don't know and too much risk for me. Certainly others may judge their risk differently
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    Quote Originally Posted by CathyKeshi View Post
    I really don't know; and am far from a Miki expert. There are others here who know far more than I. It is possible this poor lady is really ill, not thinking clearly, and desperate; I just don't know. For me, that's the point, I just don't know and too much risk for me. Certainly others may judge their risk differently
    Agree with you, Cathy.
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    I did some quick googling on both the name and username and very little turned up. One was an auctiva auction store, selling pretty much the same things. No storefront, no social media, etc.

    This eBay forum posting also came up: https://community.ebay.com/t5/Buying...d/56341#M56341 This alone would be enough to raise some flags for me. If there was a dispute, I would not like to be dealing with someone so rude and dismissive.

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    No so ill and muddled that she couldn't take the photos, edit the photos, create the sales pages etc etc...write the emails.......and, apparently, water the plants!

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    I see what you mean about the colours...it looks like maybe two strands were combined? Some are quite pink and others aren't . It's hard to imagine Miki mismatching a necklace.

    She may or may not be sick... but the point is that it's a lot of money to spend with a store that has some questionable items. Where did this endless display of Miki pearls come from? Seems like someone might be printing up some certificates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katbran View Post
    I see what you mean about the colours...it looks like maybe two strands were combined? Some are quite pink and others aren't . It's hard to imagine Miki mismatching a necklace.

    She may or may not be sick... but the point is that it's a lot of money to spend with a store that has some questionable items. Where did this endless display of Miki pearls come from? Seems like someone might be printing up some certificates.
    I think you’re right katbran, it almost looks like a miki strand cut with some other pearls to make it longer. The thing I always notice about mikis is they are just perfect to death in terms of matching. You might see some incredibly light surface imperfections in the A1, but if you can see it without magnification, it’s unlikely to pass. This one piece discredits all the rest for me, somehow.