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Old 12-22-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default Beware of Ebay seller

Here is another Ebay seller peddling crap art flags and fake sword parts, mixed in with a few real things to confuse everyone. The sellers ebay ID is: thesamuraimonkey42. He sells a lot of fake flags for a low starting price, like .99 and lets the bidders decide on value. They are fake and sold as original flags. He also sells real flags, which he prices soo high, they wont sell, They are there to help confuse the buyer. His real flags are nothing special, and he has them starting at $300-$500 range. If you study his flags you will see a Very obvious post war "tell", that are on all his art flags he is selling. Compare them to real flags and you will see what I am talking about. Its not the fact that they are all done in the same hand, and poorly at that, its something else.....super obvious, when you know what to look for. Can you tell what it is? If you think you know, PM me. If you don't know I will tell you, after you make a guess. He also makes up sword parts that are hideous.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Ori...wAAOSwuQhcGbdT


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Old 12-22-2018, 03:50 PM   #2
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Old 12-22-2018, 03:54 PM   #3
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Can you tell whats different about these fake flags? All 6 above, compared to a couple real ones shown below? remember, its not the bad writing all in the same hand! That's much too obvious!

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Old 12-22-2018, 04:16 PM   #4
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Obviously “penned” by a Westerner. Whoever it was, he put in a lot of effort.
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Old 12-22-2018, 05:33 PM   #5
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PM sent.

Nifty artwork though isn’t it!
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for the heads up about this guy. I see the "tell".
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Old 12-24-2018, 01:43 PM   #7
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-JAPANE...MAAOSwFFZa5TJX

Looks like he sold a Chinese Type 57 compass as Japanese for $225 lol..
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Old 12-24-2018, 03:58 PM   #8
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There was a lot of good guesses and some real thought put into the answer. Also, some got it right Good job. This was really just so that other collectors, like me could put some thought into whats going on these days. Japanese collecting used to be pretty safe, not so much anymore. I was referring to the way the flags are laid out. In a western style, with the tabs on the left side. Most period flags were laid out with the tabs on the right side, not all, but almost always. That's why see see so many pictures of American soldiers holding Japanese flags upside down, because we are inclined to have the hoist tabs on the left side, just like in the pictures below. there are many things wrong with the flags that started this thread, as pointed out by many of you, just wanted to give everyone something to think about!
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Old 12-24-2018, 05:51 PM   #9
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Can't agree more on the less safe world we collectors inhabit today concerning Japanese militaria. I remember this was brought up several years ago on a forum (this one?), I think around "Flags of Our Fathers" time, and people were commenting on some beginning changes with the hobby. It seemed so much more of a safe bet back then. I think the hobby has been dealt a blow of "death by a thousand cuts", in that a bad apple dealer focuses on one type of item and corrupts the pool: one guy dealing in humped up rifles, another with swords, a third with cloth items, so on and so forth. By no means the end of the world, but more of a mine field out there. Just happy I have enough knowledge in the areas that interest me that the new repros. are easier to spot (and a few of those can elicit a chuckle).

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Old 12-24-2018, 11:10 PM   #10
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If anyone here collects swords, here's a link to the NMB where i exposed this clown with type 95 NCO swords

http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic...t-again/page-3

It seems to me, that he does business with the monkey you mention here.
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:44 PM   #11
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Here is his latest creation. He is really polluting the market now! He is the new Cupman.
Maybe he read my post here, as this flag seems to be correctly oriented. Also, has an anchor, just in case you didn't know its a navy flag...Lol

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Old 01-02-2019, 08:43 PM   #12
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The navy flag closes in an hour or so, up to $269 so far.

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$385...

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Old 01-05-2019, 01:23 PM   #14
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Another signed rayed flag. Looks like he took a bad conditioned flag that was all moth eaten and added some kanji and some fake burn holes, now its a signed flag with a lot of battle damage!

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Old 01-10-2019, 05:37 AM   #15
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Another fake made by "thesamuraimonkey42". He must be reading our post or be a member here, as he is now laying out the flags in the Japanese style.

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