wert wrote:Actually, it is more than that. It is downright cheating, spreading misinformation and confusing consumers.
I think as consumers, we have to play our part and take some responsibility. Is it OK to cheat just because the price is relatively low?
Ultimately, we are just playing into our own greed and lining the pockets of dishonest or clueless merchants. It is a vicious cycle on multiple fronts. One, it encourages such merchants and more of them. Second, consumers who bought them would be fooled to buying more fakes in the future or unwilling to admit their mistakes.
If they were *that* dishonest, they'd be selling for the price of a 70s pot.
He mentioned that it's a local seller. If that vendor is otherwise good, then it's probably more likely that he was duped himself. With that, it's better to have a conversation with him/her, than to go making presumptuous accusations. Voting with your dollars may be the thing to do on a large scale (although the likes of 5000friends still sells his obviously shoe polished teapots), but it doesn't scale down to a single item. Chances are that the only thing that will happen is that someone else will get it thinking that it's the real thing, and they'll be a lot more upset if/when they find out the truth.
I also wouldn't expect the vendor to take your word for it that it's not what he thinks, unless you can establish more credibility than whoever told him it was that old. However, you might be able to get him/her to seek out more info.
If the guy is claiming to authenticate it himself then that might be a different story.
The ones that I see on eBay tend to be ones sold by those people that sell estate lots. They're not trying to rip anyone off -- and they're not; they just aren't experts in yixing teapots, and someone gave them bad information. Even knowledgeable vendors will probably get duped once in a while, though.
When it comes to yixing, it's heavily caveat emptor. You should doubt every teapot and vendor until you can establish their level of reliability, because I'd be willing to bet that the vast majority have been duped on at least one teapot. The same thing applies to old tea.
When you find a vendor that actively sells fraudulent stuff, then by all means you should avoid them and dissuade those that might be fooled. If you're talking about one item at an otherwise trustworthy store, then give them the benefit of the doubt and talk to them.