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Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller

Posted by Jorge Santos Garcia  
Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 12, 2011 04:27PM
I want to warn you to be careful dealing with the South African seller Luka Berkovic, AKA Minerals-rsa.

He is an unscrupulous and dishonest person that failed to send me one specimen I won at an auction.

Some facts:
I won the specimen the June, 30, and only got the invoice the July, 16, with the excuse he was travelling.
I paid the purchase 2 days later (July, 18) and waited for the specimen till September, 7, when I asked him by e-mail about it. He replied that there was a delay because his staff didn’t put a lot of parcels, including mine, on the mail, but he was working on it. On September, 12, the webpage that hosted that seller advised me to open a dispute on paypal because the seller didn’t answer to their e-mails. I tried to contact him again but received no answer and I noticed he had closed his seller’s page on e-bay also.

On November, 15 I noticed he was again on e-bay under the name ‘minerals_rsa’ and asked him about one specimen, which had a quick answer and then I asked for my specimen or my money back, which had no answer. A second e-mail sent 3 days later had a response. He apologise because he was out and could not answer to my other e-mail (which was sent a few minutes after he had replied to my first e-mail, but he was already on a trip – strange, no?) and wanted a photo to look for my specimen, promising me to send it the next week.

When I tried to reply I noticed he had blocked my e-mail account, I had to use another account of mine. Of course it had no answer, like one last e-mail I sent him on November, 28.

It’s obvious that he has no intention of sending me my money back or my purchase, so he is a liar, dishonest and unscrupulous dealer. I believe, for his own words that a lot of people must have been cheated by this scumbag.

Take care!

Jorge Santos Garcia
Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 13, 2011 10:25PM
Goodness gracious, somebody buying from a stranger in a third world country on eBay has a problem???!!!!

How unusual! In this day and age! Unthinkable!

Makes me worry about that nice man from Ghana from whom I bought $100,000 of gold dust and diamonds. I sure hope he comes through.

Also that kind lady from Russia, who wants to be friends, and needs a few bucks for a new furnace; I wonder if she's legit?

There truly is one born every minute.

avatar Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 14, 2011 06:20AM
There's no situation so bad a little salt won't make worse, right Tim?
Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 14, 2011 10:53AM
Tim, I see no reason whatsoever for you to rub salt in this mans wounds!!!
Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 14, 2011 12:14PM

Completely agree. I have bought stones from Luka Berkovic at Mark Wrigley's auction for 110$. I received nothing. First Luka apologies and said that he will settle everything, but I think it was needed only to spare time, so I could'nt open a claim at paypal. Now Luka is banned from auction, but I see he still trades...
His previous ebay id is ajoite_papagoite_king. Also closed, also for cheating.

It was the only case when the seller maliciously cheated me. I have bought about 100 parcels at auction from different sellers.

P.S. Luka has a page at facebook, also blocks unwanted people there.
avatar Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 14, 2011 12:15PM
This is also why that you should always raise a disupte with paypal before the time limit for these things runs out.
avatar Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 14, 2011 03:32PM
Not only from a "third world country", it gets worse...I can see on his facebook page that he is also "liberal", does not confess to any religion (atheist?), likes women (heterosexual - hmm?) and judging from his photo he is "white" (duck and cover!)

Seriously, his favorite citation - "F**K that shit." - seems to explain a bit or two...

Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 14, 2011 05:41PM
Dear Friends

beside, I would also say that paypal does not appear to be the best transaction system for sellings and buying. I know about several peoples who has problems here in South American with PP. Perhaps the old wire banking transaction, or simple visa cards are less problematic.

hope your coments on this
Maurizio Dini
Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 14, 2011 07:02PM

If we ever meet I'll remember to never tell you about the mistakes I have made in my lifetime. People like Jorge, and most of us, start out with the best intentions and sometimes get burned. That's part of life. Making the same mistake twice is another story. And, Tim, South Africa is not a Third World Country.


I hope you at least get something for your money. Good luck.



Jorge my friend i have never heard someone talk soooo much lies, i emailed you and asked you to send me a picture of the specimen so i can post it to you, i never got a email though, and i never blocked your emails!
Pavel did i block you on facebook? because last i checked i never even got a message on fb from you!

Amazing what people say here....makes me wonder what other people say about you people!

I am not going to explain my situation or what happened, but if you are missing a parcel email me and ill post it to you, i never intended to 'steal your money' i was selling on erocks for so long, why would i just do that all of a sudden,

To all the other parties who are adding there two cents, get a life!
Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 16, 2011 09:52AM

I'm glad to see that aaaaaallllll my lies are just about you have, or not have, blocked my e-mail, which means you accept all the rest as truth.

Don't want to discuss with you. As I told you several times just want my specimen or my money back, and I see no reason what so ever for you not to send a specimen that is paied (specimen and postage). But I still have the 2 e-mails returned after you have asking for the pictures, that by the way I can't have as I have not the specimen yet. The same way I have 2 e-mails I've send you from another e-mail account that were delivered - I have the proofs of all I've wrote as I only delete the e-mails of a specimen I bought after receive it. So, let's not choose this way of dealing with this issue.

Tonight, when I go back home I'll send you again from my main e-mail (gmail - the one that was/not was blocked) the 'page' of the specimen in pdf as I always print it as part of the specimen's documentation. It has little black and white pictures of the specimen, hope it can help you. If not, send me the money I spent. If it fails I will send it by my other e-mail. Hope to ear from you soon.

Best regards


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/16/2011 10:28AM by Jorge Santos Garcia.

I have never blocked your emails or anything like that, my last message to you on ebay was please send me a photo of the piece so that i can find it and post it for you, i have been waiting for the email, I cannot find the piece because i cannot log into erocks....this is why i am asking you to send me a picture?
Jorge email me at
Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 21, 2011 09:57AM
Hello, Luka (Minerals_rsa).

I am happy that you are in contact again.
I did sent you e-mails to,
My emails to you dated (GMT+3):
15 august 2011 12:44
23 august 2011 15:10
remained unreplied.

I also contacted several times with Mark Wrigley from e-rocks, but he couldn't help. He just said that you had difficulties with many clients that time. All this mails were sent to your as a copy.
All of them were unreplied.

Here is the text of your last e-mail to me, dated 21 july 2011 19:18
There has been a huge delay in the postage, mostly due to the fact that the people i had running my business while i was away have not coped with the posting of the parcels, there is a massive backlog of parcels that need to be posted and they will all get posted by next week Wednesday. I am very sorry for the delay, i will give you a 50% discount on shipping on the next auction you win!
Luka Berkovic
Berkovic Minerals cc

Here is the invoice for that package:
"Item Code Item Description Item Cost
LKS73717 Rhodochrosite $49.00
LKS73839 Fluorite $10.00
LKS73015 Ajoite & Quartz $13.00
LKS73016 Papagoite & Quartz $18.00
LKS73711 Sturmanite & Manganite $10.00
Total product cost $100.00
Delivery charges $17.00
Delivery Insurance (Optional) Not Charged
ORDER TOTAL $117.00 "

I wrote you a message at FB at 6 september 2011, 19:27 (GMT+3), saying
"Hello Luka, are you there? I've got some questions about minerals."
I wrote such a small fist message, not explaining the situation, because I thought you didn't want to talk to your angry clients. And wanted first to know, was this "Luca" at FB you or not.
I must correct, you didn't block me. But didn't answer as well.

If this case is not a fraud, and if you refund me this parcel, then I will be happy to work with you in the future. And will gladly write refutation here, in this topic, that you are honest seller.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/21/2011 10:05AM by Pavel Martynov.
Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 25, 2011 07:09PM
So, Luka, you do not answer nor this post, nor emails to
I wrote to your FB also.

Seems that I & Jorge were rigth.
Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 26, 2011 01:36AM
Hi Luka,

I am still awaiting around$300 worth of specimens bought on e-rocks.

No replies to my repeated emails, how about you cantact me on or just refund me my money via paypal.

Ed Richard
avatar Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 26, 2011 03:21AM
I was just on ebay and this person is still selling minerals there. Beware!
Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
December 27, 2011 10:40PM
I have also had a bad experience with this seller on E-Rocks, which is in my opinion a great site for rare and unusual minerals. Also Mark Wrigley of TVM Minerals is doing a great job running the site. That said, I won a mineral from Luka in an auction and promptly paid the invoice that arrived. A week later I won another specimen from him. The invoice I got following the second auction was for both minerals, and double the postage! All my attempts to get this corrected, including several long emails to Mark Wrigley pleading for help, failed, and I refused to pay double for the specimen. I wrote off my loss (<$25) as a learning experience and resolved never to buy from Luka B. again. That's my experience to add to what has been said previously on this thread.
Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
January 03, 2012 07:43PM
You have cheated me as well. In May of 2011, I won 2 of your specimens on the eRocks site, promptly paid you and have been waiting ever since, despite numerous attempts to contact you. More specifically, I paid you $34 for a duftite-included calcite, and $55 for a siderite psm calcite, plus shipping for a total of $103.50 that was paid via PayPal on May 23, 2011 (transaction ID 63099691V76329201) for eRocks order #228268.

What gives?

Scott Duncan
My email address is here......why you dont email me? email is not working.
Jorge, Rossano and Ru your parcels were posted, email me if you want the tracking number.
Pavel, I was away for 3 weeks and your parcel will be sent in the next week....dont fret, I gave you my email, its just a bad time of year to post parcels and i could not reply when i was away!

Everyone else please send me your shipping details and your parcels will get posted:
Tracking number can be confirmed at
Jorge: RJ003597622ZA
Rossano: RJ003597640ZA
Ru: CV006861958ZA
avatar Re: Luka Berkovic / Minerals_rsa – dishonest minerals seller
January 05, 2012 03:18PM
Luka, from what I could see at the online tools track & trace is only for domestic not international. Why don't you trace them yourself ? You could help matters by making it clear in this thread all your email address, office & mobile/cell numbers. I have often found hotmail addresses to be unreliable.

Your Email:


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