Dave, I'm also questioning why you advertised the badge as a "rare" piece BEFORE researching it thoroughly.
I've held off without a response to you for over half a year regarding my dealings with you concerning a set of subdued jump wings, but I'll now quote your post of last December: "...not the [RACIAL EPITHET DELETED] crap either".
Search: 2000 Jump Smocks of December 2006 for the post I'm referring to. The scan of the wings that you sent to me proved otherwise. The scan showed wings that were NOT genuine CF issue but indeed "[RACIAL EPITHET DELETED] crap", to quote your own words.
If there were no intent to deceive, why would you have posted "rare" before conducting conclusive research to assertain the origin and rarity of the badge?
Let me offer an example of Caveat Emptor on Ebay: Very recently on Ebay, a control stick that was alluded to as being from a WWII Messerschmitt Me 109 in a sort of, maybe, could have been, WWII vintage, genuine Me 109 type of ad sold for over $2,000 to some dumb sucker. On closer inspection by an expert collector, the control stick turned out not to be of WWII vintage which obviously would have commanded top dollar, but one of post-war manufacture of much lesser value. It gets worse. Never mind WWII. The control stick was not even manufactured by the Germans! It was a post-war item manufactured by the Russians who had overrun the Messerschmitt plant at the close of the war and had adapted a modification of the Messerschmitt part for use on their early MIG fighters. The part advertised had even been "doctored" to appear to be of Me 109 vintage. So .....
I believe it was Shakespeare who wrote: "Thou protest too much" or words similar.
This message has been edited by dorosh on Jul 11, 2007 7:55 PM