FAKE SILVER CHAINS AGAIN.
I had a “sterling silver” fineness mark 925 on a disk on a snake
chain XRF’d. Silver plated brass was the result.
I showed the assay report to a stall holder at a market I do that
sells these chains for $20.
His comment was “I wish you had not shown me that.” I told him to
take the disk of and sell them as silver plated.
I told the market manager that this guy was selling fake chains. Her
comment was “I can’t check everything.” And did nothing.
Last Sunday a couple of women came to my stall and said “I bought
this chain and the end has broken.”
Bail at end was unsoldered on one side. Apologized and swapped the
chain. Then took a closer look and saw the disk with the 925. Quickly
caught up with the women said “Not one of my chains and took my chain
back.” The women argued that they bought it from my wife last
weekend. Thought I had sold the fake chain I have on display with
signage and the assay report by mistake. NO!
I told the women it was not sterling and we do not sell them. They
still argued. Finally “I said how much did you pay?” They said "$20."
I said our chains are $60 showed them the signage and sent them off
to the other stall.
They swapped the chain and came back to apologize.
What to do now? My thoughts are to “have a chat” to the market
manager again pointing out that selling fake goods is not good
advertising for the market.
If no action is taken by the market manager, she will be an
accessory to a crime. Sterling is a “specified good” and miss fineness
marking is a crime and an one can be arrested for it.
My thoughts are that I should inform “crime stoppers” anonymously
and let the law take it’s course.
But it is not a good look in a market to have a stall holder
arrested is it? Or to piss off the market manager who will have to
answer some questions to the detectives.
Back in the day stall holders who did this were asked by other
jewellers "Do you want to take that off your stall and walk out at
the end of the day? Or “Do you want to leave in an ambulance?”
How times have changed in Australia.