I have written about this in the past but it has come to my attention that again there are some unscrupulous people contacting folks in the ventriloquist world trying to purchase ventriloquist figures.
I am giving you all this warning because I have had more than one experience with the same people making offers and then saying yes to purchasing and then not following through with the deal.
They have done this with another seller that relies totally on sales of both magic and ventriloquism for his income. They made a deal and then never followed through. It hurt this seller because he had to pay for listing that the sales never happened.
Always remember that an offer that sounds like it is too good to be true it is exactly that. Only a scammer or someone that is just playing games makes these outrageous offers. Anyone that will offer three or four times the value of something is not for real.
It seems these people rear their heads every six months or so, so PLEASE be aware if you are contacted to sell items and you have not offered them for sale publicly.
Enough said!! You have been warned.
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
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I have to agree with you on this point! I have had several people win a figure and never contact me or pay for the item. I have been contacted several times to sell two figures I had available from a person who said they would send me a certified check by registered mail. The envelope came and inside was a blank piece of paper. That’s right! A blank piece of paper! Why? It is frustrating to post a figure, pay for the listing and pay the final value fees on an item when the person doesn’t pay. You have to wait forever for ebay to resolve issues and it looks bad when you have to re-post an item. My best advice is never send a figure before getting payment. If they don’t pay, move on and don’t accept any more emails or phone calls from these people!