Fake Mont Blanc pens on TradeMe

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Fake Mont Blanc pens on TradeMe

Post by digidog » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:17 am

I’ve been watching a couple of sellers who seem to have a supply of Mont Blanc pens which are all brand new “unwanted gifts”. Oddly, all three accounts begin with the letters “UK”, the sellers’ names appear to be Thai and they all feature photos of ladyboys on their profiles. Here’s the accounts in question with example auctions.

1. montblanc 164 gold new - “Unwant xmas gift.”
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing ... =860807134
- Sold for $191 -

trader: ukschool
name: Kam
loc’n: North Shore
joined: November 2014
status: Authenticated and AVed

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Feedba ... er=5249915

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2. Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique Ballpoint Pen 164
“just open to test but never use it.”
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing ... =860847396
- Sold for $186 - then offered to watchers for $180 -


trader: uklover
name: Yat
loc’n: Dunedin
joined: February 2015
status: Authenticated & AVed

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Feedba ... er=5355331

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3. Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Ball Point Pen 164
“unwant gift”
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing ... =862355400
- Sold for $250 -then offered to watchers for for $230 -
(he obviously has more than one item available)

trader: ukstudents
name: Tay
loc’n: Dunedin
joined: January 2015
status: Authenticated

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Feedba ... er=5347722

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It’s easy to buy fake versions of this pen from as little as $US29 from the usual Asian sites. I won’t list them here. I’ve been in touch with the licensed New Zealand distributor who has kindly agreed to take a look at the sellers in question.

Incidentally, both of these traders also sell identical leather handbags and DVDs of TV series like Breaking Bad and Homeland. What’s the chance that these are all pirated?

Once a fake seller… always a fake seller.

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Re: Fake Mont Blanc pens on TradeMe

Post by The_Don » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:25 am

Incidentally, both of these traders also sell identical leather handbags and DVDs of TV series like Breaking Bad and Homeland. What’s the chance that these are all pirated?
A good chance. They advertised a Region 4 (with photo of NZ cover with rating sticker) Downton Abbey Season 5. What arrived (from Singapore) was a US version (US cover, labeled Region 1), NTSC coded and with the region code changed to "All regions". Very poor printing on the discs too. The clincher was that the auction was for $20, but the street price in Singapore is over $30 NZ. That would have rung alarm bells with me, but my wife did the finding and just said to me "click here, dear".

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Re: Fake Mont Blanc pens on TradeMe

Post by digidog » Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:13 pm

The_Don wrote:They advertised a Region 4 (with photo of NZ cover with rating sticker)...
TradeMe actually assist people selling fake DVDs by using generic images of DVD covers. That makes it much harder for buyers to spot fakes. I understand that this practice reduces the load on TM's image servers, but to some extent it does make TM complicit in the fraud.

I contacted Mont Blanc regarding the fake pens. They put me in touch with their NZ agent who concluded, "It's hard to tell from the photos". I suggested that the purchase of a single pen would prove the case beyond doubt, but this time he didn't even respond. Sadly, it appears that this person isn't particularly interested in stopping the sale of fake MB pens on TM. I don't think the MB company would be impressed.

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Re: Fake Mont Blanc pens on TradeMe

Post by digidog » Tue May 05, 2015 5:40 am

The ukstudents and uklover accounts referred to above have both been kaboshed by TM. Good job!

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