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can i trust all sellers on mindat auctions

Posted by Yan Beaudet  
Re: can i trust all sellers on mindat auctions
July 29, 2011 05:46PM
How can we check feedback on both buyers and sellers? That is a tool to use.

Re: can i trust all sellers on mindat auctions
September 13, 2012 08:15PM
Yanick, if you're looking for good mineral literature, there's lots out there. The six volume Handbook of Mineralogy is essential. Dana's New Mineralogy is good. A full set of Mineralogical Record is invaluable, even Rocks and Minerals is good. Encyclopedia of Minerals by Roberts, Campbell and Rapp is good, some like Hey's Mineral Index.

And of course there are thousands more, from general like my favorite Mineralogy by Sinkankas to specific like Zeolites by Tschernich. All of the above are basic starting points that should be found in any good mineral collectors library.
Re: can i trust all sellers on mindat auctions
September 15, 2012 09:17PM
h tim .i have around 5000 books and magazines about mineral. i use a entire room to keep my books . some are in language than i can't even read. some are old and have only an historical dream are to find a book including all mineral accept by ima in the same encyclopedia.something easy to update too. but i know it's a dream.i found something near. a dvd with more than 3000 minerals with all the infos. i try to contact the maker to obtain the copy.bye
avatar Re: can i trust all sellers on mindat auctions
September 16, 2012 01:45AM
Ebay has just put up it fees for "shop" sellers. So I expect a lot more of the smaller sellers to now take advantage of the mindat auctions. I also agree that there should be a waiting period between when you join mindat and when you can use the auction page to sell. This already occurs with other aspects of mindat, so why not the auctions as well. Mindat is the most comprehensive database on minerals on the internet and it is constantly updated by mineral collectors around world who are willing to share their local knowledge. These auctions are for mineral collectors, not fly by night profiteers, so the expectation that the mineral has been correctly identified has to apply.

A little story... I was selling a Broken Hill rhodonite in sphalerite sample on ebay when I was challenged with a mis-identification. The buyer queried my ID as it was too dark to be a rhodonite, Apparently rhodonite is pink not red, according to the samples they had seen. Obviously they had not seen any of the deep red rhodonites from Broken Hill nor had they visited mindat, When I replied to their comment and pointed out my background knowledge they didn't bother to answer me back... A little knowledge is sometimes too much knowledge...

Cheers, from my little piece of the Sunny Australian Outback...

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