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    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralNilsson View Post
    But I would rather speculate wildly while in the toilet :).
    You are right, I’ll leave off it be.
    Hehe, what else are forums for! ;-)

    I was wondering if/when they'll set up an EU scheme and surprisingly it seems it might not be worth it. This table from https://www.businessofapps.com/data/ebay-statistics/ is illuminating:

    eBay sellers by country
    Country Percentage of sellers
    United States 31%
    United Kingdom 29%
    Germany 15%
    China 12%
    Australia 4%
    Italy 2%
    Note: Data from June 2020
    Source: Company data
    Note that this is percentage of total sellers on the worldwide eBay marketplace.

    This is remarkable. It means that, despite the USA having roughly five times the population of the UK, the USA and UK both supply roughly the same number of sellers to the worldwide marketplace.

    And despite Germany's population being larger than the UK's, it still supplies fewer sellers. The next largest EU country for sellers is Italy at only 2%.

    For me there are two takeaway points from this:
    (1) eBay is manically popular in the UK!
    (2) eBay will tend to focus on the USA and UK markets.

    It is further interesting to me to note that China supplies 12% of the global seller 'workforce' and yet eBay isn't even officially available in China. The ebay.cn website has a lot of information about selling though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss13 View Post
    Highly doubt they open the case back due to all reasons mentioned and plus it is probably a 3 min per watch inspection.
    The information obtained so far from Stoll is that they do open the case back for most watches -- where possible and necessary, at least. Read back on the threads where people have spoken to Stoll. They don't need to open case backs for view back watches, for example.

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    Does anyone know if the part of authentication process involves checking the watch (serial number) against any of the stolen property registers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddiex View Post
    Does anyone know if the part of authentication process involves checking the watch (serial number) against any of the stolen property registers?
    What a good question! No, I don't know.

    I wonder if they have access to Rolex's database. I suspect not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    What a good question! No, I don't know.

    I wonder if they have access to Rolex's database. I suspect not.
    This was my thought - my father had a Rolex stolen recently and his local Rolex dealer has circulated it as stolen on their database. I've registered its loss on other registers as well so maybe the eBay authentication process checks one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SydR View Post
    Ebay put a warning up that you may need to pay fees when you cancel a listing. Itís not specific to watches and applies to anything that has a bid on it at the time of cancellation. No bid, no fee. Has a bid, you pay fees.

    Their rules and, as youíve found, they stick rigidly to them.
    I always sell using buy it now and if I pull the auction for any reason (change of mind, sold on a forum etc) , I revise the buy it now auction price to £1 and once updated, I then then cancel the auction.

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    Just FYI, they managed to scratch the crystal on a watch I sent back through their authentication process.

    Long boring story, suffice to say I will try to avoid using them in future.


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    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughwrists View Post
    Just FYI, they managed to scratch the crystal on a watch I sent back through their authentication process.

    Long boring story, suffice to say I will try to avoid using them in future.
    Eek! Gotta ask: Are they paying up to the vendor for the damage they caused? I realise you might not know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    The information obtained so far from Stoll is that they do open the case back for most watches -- where possible and necessary, at least. Read back on the threads where people have spoken to Stoll. They don't need to open case backs for view back watches, for example.
    Hope they donít open the back on a Sinn UX as itís filled with oil!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalic Mud View Post
    Hope they donít open the back on a Sinn UX as itís filled with oil!
    We've had that discussion. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    Eek! Gotta ask: Are they paying up to the vendor for the damage they caused? I realise you might not know.
    I was the vendor, that is how I know they did it beyond a doubt.

    And no. They are not.


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    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughwrists View Post
    I was the vendor, that is how I know they did it beyond a doubt.
    Ah, sorry, when you wrote "on a watch I sent back through their authentication process" I thought you meant you were the buyer and were returning the watch to the vendor.

    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughwrists View Post
    And no. They are not.
    That's unforgivable.

    I know this is (much) easier said than done, but the County Court is there for you if they won't make good their error and you have the before and after evidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odyseus10 View Post
    I always sell using buy it now and if I pull the auction for any reason (change of mind, sold on a forum etc) , I revise the buy it now auction price to £1 and once updated, I then then cancel the auction.
    Has this worked and resulted in eBay only charging you fees on £1, and not the original buy it now price?

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    A related bit of information to share. Secursus have explicity told me they do NOT cover any watch sent to eBay authenticity. Came as news to me as I have used them in the past to insure packages sent to eBay...if the worst happened, it would not have been covered.

    Also, do carefully read T&Cs of the courier companies as most do not cover watches at all and some only cover up to £2k or £3k. They will all take your money, but they won't honour any claim.

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    I have sent a couple of watches to the Authentication centre.
    Made sure they were sent fully insured. Special Delivery.

    However, now that the address must be well known. Every package going there is worth between £1500 and letís say £200,000.
    It certainly is a target for a robbery. Or even posty looking for his Christmas box.

    Both my watches were turned around the same day.
    I guess they donít want too many watches on the premises overnight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss13 View Post
    Secursus have explicity told me they do NOT cover any watch sent to eBay authenticity. Came as news to me as I have used them in the past to insure packages sent to eBay...if the worst happened, it would not have been covered.
    Pretty disappointing. Can you find that in their Ts&Cs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss13 View Post
    A related bit of information to share. Secursus have explicity told me they do NOT cover any watch sent to eBay authenticity. Came as news to me as I have used them in the past to insure packages sent to eBay...if the worst happened, it would not have been covered.

    Also, do carefully read T&Cs of the courier companies as most do not cover watches at all and some only cover up to £2k or £3k. They will all take your money, but they won't honour any claim.
    Looks like I've wasted a couple of hundos with Secursus then. Do you know why they would not cover any watch sent to eBay for authentication? Surely that's just a package to a destination (eBay's watch maker).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsong6688 View Post
    Looks like I've wasted a couple of hundos with Secursus then. Do you know why they would not cover any watch sent to eBay for authentication? Surely that's just a package to a destination (eBay's watch maker).
    Makes me suspect there's been a good few claims with the authentication process and they feel the risk is too high.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsong6688 View Post
    Looks like I've wasted a couple of hundos with Secursus then. Do you know why they would not cover any watch sent to eBay for authentication? Surely that's just a package to a destination (eBay's watch maker).
    You and me both.

    Not sure how itís expressed in the T&Cs but there was another thread here which said it may not be covered hence I emailed to check. (Couldnít find the thread so updated the wrong one!)



    The reason was to do with lack of controls in their opinion at the authenticity centre. They only cover direct to private buyer. Good to know. Wish had known earlier and just thankful my uninsured packages arrived safely in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss13 View Post
    You and me both.

    Not sure how itís expressed in the T&Cs but there was another thread here which said it may not be covered hence I emailed to check. (Couldnít find the thread so updated the wrong one!)



    The reason was to do with lack of controls in their opinion at the authenticity centre. They only cover direct to private buyer. Good to know. Wish had known earlier and just thankful my uninsured packages arrived safely in the past.
    Gosh. Ditto


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss13 View Post
    The reason was to do with lack of controls in their opinion at the authenticity centre. They only cover direct to private buyer. Good to know. Wish had known earlier and just thankful my uninsured packages arrived safely in the past.
    Surprising and rather lacklustre. :-(

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    Spotted this abomination this morning. Wonder if this would be ďauthenticatedĒ as suggested: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/325443681...mis&media=COPY


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt M View Post
    Spotted this abomination this morning. Wonder if this would be ďauthenticatedĒ as suggested: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/325443681...mis&media=COPY


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    Dogs dinner indeed. What on earth is going on?

    I've had a hankering for this model of Air King since it was released (appreciating that it is most definitely a Marmite).

    What it looks like VS what it should look like.

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    God only knows. It looks like a 60ís - 70ís manual wind Rolex movement in a random case with an Air King dial and a tiny hand set? Box looks hooky too. Currently at a mind boggling £1,800????


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    That's some serious cash. If you look at the seller's other watches, they are all similar in nature (re-cased, different hands, etc). And they all go for a decent amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss13 View Post
    You and me both.

    Not sure how it’s expressed in the T&Cs but there was another thread here which said it may not be covered hence I emailed to check. (Couldn’t find the thread so updated the wrong one!)



    The reason was to do with lack of controls in their opinion at the authenticity centre. They only cover direct to private buyer. Good to know. Wish had known earlier and just thankful my uninsured packages arrived safely in the past.
    Hang on - what about using Secursus when sending a watch to a watchmaker to be serviced? If they only cover to a private buyer, then using them to send to any business is a waste of money and worse, risk of total loss of a high value watch. With the RMSD limit at £2500, what other options do we have? I was looking to use Secursus to send a watch with a value of around £3K to TWR for servicing.

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    Best to assume it wonít be covered. Most couriers donít cover watches or watches above a certain limit. You can try reading the fine print for DHL or UPS. I know one of them did used to offer cover up to 4k for additional fee but it may have since changed to 2k from memory.

    To quote Secursus :


    we only cover items sold and shipped directly to the buyer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss13 View Post
    To quote Secursus :


    we only cover items sold and shipped directly to the buyer.
    Question: Was that said in the specific context of buying/selling or did they really mean it in general (i.e. when sending for repair)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    Question: Was that said in the specific context of buying/selling or did they really mean it in general (i.e. when sending for repair)?
    You may be best to email them to clarify for your specific situation, rather than rely on my or anyone else's experience. At least you then have it in writing for your specific situation. They were very responsive on email when I contacted them.

    But in my situation, they told me no, not covered shipping to a third party, although yes this was in the context of sending to eBay authenticity as a third party. As you suggest possibly different in your scenario.

    Read recent trustpilot reviews, (I haven't left one by the way, before anyone thinks I am on a rampage vs. Secrusus, just that they have been recommended many times, but there are some misunderstandings, clearly).
    One recent review worryingly says that items are not covered if 'sent by an individual'...WTAF!?

    The comapny has responded to that review to say that:

    our policy covers individuals but we need to approve them on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, we have received too many frauds from individuals and have decided to restrain coverage and are now approving individuals one at a time.

    They also say they are updatin their T&Cs....

    End result, I would be very careful using them if I ever do again.

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    ^^^ Many thanks for the comprehensive reply.

    Secursus certainly looks like it's getting too complicated. 'Brittle' is a term I'd apply to it; too easy to get on the wrong side of it.

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    I've been using Parcel Pro for many years, albeit that I was fortunate enough to be in a position to set the account up through my company. I seem to recall, though, that - at the time, at least - they would set up accounts for individuals too, it just required prior approval. They're certainly a good value option, with insurance rates of 0.25% of the declared value.

    I must admit that the longer I use them the more I worry about how easy it would be to make a successful claim. Their packing requirements are very stringent, to the extent that I've latterly been making videos of the process which I've then kept until safe receipt of the item has been acknowledged.

    Edit: I just checked the packing requirements again and found this buried in the Ts and Cs:

    Double Box: Unless otherwise authorized by Parcel Pro in writing, all packages must be double boxed in new boxes and packaging and must include the tracking number on the inner box. The inner box must not be a small jewelry box which could be easily identified and/or discarded. Envelopes and packs are not eligible for coverage.
    And then...

    Maintain Packaging: No claims for loss or damage shall be valid unless the package, inner cartons, packing and contents have been preserved until made available for inspection by Parcel Pro or the Insurance Underwriter.
    I have to admit I didn't know that the tracking number needs to be on the inner box (in addition to the recipient address), so I guess that means taking tape with you to the PO and sealing the outer box there and then. I've also been re-using boxes, but see now that both the inner and outer boxes need to be new/unused.

    As always, the devil's in the details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I have to admit I didn't know that the tracking number needs to be on the inner box (in addition to the recipient address), so I guess that means taking tape with you to the PO and sealing the outer box there and then.
    Just buy the postage online. Much easier. Just drop it off at the PO when done.

    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    As always, the devil's in the details.
    Yes, indeed. This is what seems to me to turn the services from something practical and robust to something brittle and unpredictably untrustworthy.

    By "untrustworthy" I don't mean that they are dishonest; just that one cannot easily trust that everything will be ok if and when a claim need to be made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    Just buy the postage online. Much easier. Just drop it off at the PO when done.
    Yes, that's a better solution for sure.

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    Any definitive answer from still regarding opening casebacks?


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    Noticed a few lately can buy pass it. Does not say eBay authentication was a 116610LN unworn 2018 stickered other day 9k buy it now. Was sat there for a day or so and sold

    Not sure how this happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by bokbok View Post
    Noticed a few lately can buy pass it. Does not say eBay authentication was a 116610LN unworn 2018 stickered other day 9k buy it now. Was sat there for a day or so and sold

    Not sure how this happen

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    If you offer collection rather than postage only, then it will bypass it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss13 View Post
    If you offer collection rather than postage only, then it will bypass it.
    I see the sub I saw was postage buy it now. Without eBay authentication

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    Quote Originally Posted by bokbok View Post
    I see the sub I saw was postage buy it now. Without eBay authentication

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    Check the seller location, Iíve noticed a couple from Northern Ireland and Europe for sale and these seemed to by pass authentication

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalic Mud View Post
    I have sent a couple of watches to the Authentication centre.
    Made sure they were sent fully insured. Special Delivery.

    However, now that the address must be well known. Every package going there is worth between £1500 and letís say £200,000.
    It certainly is a target for a robbery. Or even posty looking for his Christmas box.

    Both my watches were turned around the same day.
    I guess they donít want too many watches on the premises overnight.

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