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Evening all, I just wondered if I could pick peoples brains.


I purchased a tiffany bracelet from someone on Gumtree who had advertised it as genuine.

She had advised it was tarnished and would need polishing and that she had taken it to a jewellers who said it would cost £15.


I went to have a look, and the woman wouldn't obviously let me in the house. she brought it to the doorstep and I had a look.

it was dark, it was raining and i couldn't see it properly, but could see it was tarnished.

Now I am no jeweller so I couldn't tell properly.

I paid £105.


I put the bracelet in the glovebox of the car, and took it to a local jeweller the next day regarding the polishing.

the local jeweller looked at it and told me it was not genuine. it was rhodium plated copper.


I contacted the seller, who told it it was tough, she thought it was genuine

i bought it in good faith, she sold it in good faith and she will not give me my money back.


where do I stand on this?

I have tried to be reasonable, there have been no threats or demands,

just told her it wasnt genuine and therefore i would like my money back.

she is point blank refusing.

am convinced she knew it was fake, but of course I cannot prove it.



I also have a photo of the advert showing it advertised as genuine.

do I have any recourse with this?

thanks a lot.


and yes i know its my fault, i should have looked closer but at that time I didn't really have the time.

Working to remove my debts

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I am assuming you parted with cash for this item ?

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Ask her for the address of the jewellers who said it would be £15.

I did part with the cash yes. Like a fool. And I went to the same jeweller who gave her the price for polishing. They didn't mention whether they told her it wasn't genuine.

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Send her a letter before action telling her you want your money returned within 7 days or to take it further.


You have nothing to lose by doing this, but don't send it if you aren't prepared to go to court should it come to that.


Gumtree is the rip-off merchants dream site, it is so easy to con someone.

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things should be correctly described if a private seller is providing a description. and if it can be shown that she 'lied'/misrepresented. then may have a chance?

if you do communicate again, get things in writing/recorded.




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