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New "Demo" Scam

 
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davhamm



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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 4:20 am    Post subject: New "Demo" Scam Reply with quote

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Rubberswan



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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!!! Thatís a really poor effort. I sincerely hope no-one was hoodwinked by this...
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murff



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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not new...:

https://curta.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=484

Scam?


Could you please post the source of the picture?
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davhamm



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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, here is another oddity from the same seller.


and since from the image URL the source is discoverable.

https://www.invaluable.com/search?keyword=curta
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-1C74777B14

With the corresponding description I would not speak about scam:
- 32 original Curta parts >>> TRUE
- 4 manuals (in English and French) >>> TRUE
- an extremely rare exhibition and/or salesman sample >>> TRUE
- in excellent condition >>> TRUE
- "Curta" Demonstration Model, c. 1950 >>> MISLEADING (I would estimate 1970/1980 or later)

Origin must be Contina (or Contina employee) because the base plate is not numbered. I assume that this is not a disassembled Curta - it's more like a collection of 32 single parts (as described).

Starting price is Euro 800.00

Conclusion: not everything is scam, even if it is unknown (and a bit pricy)...
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well when its labelled a demonstration unit, and there is no unit to demonstrate on it, I would call it a "Demo" scam.. Oh wait I did.

Sure its a salesman sample, a collection of parts, but its not a demonstration unit. there is no working model.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

updated (on request):

Description: Curta Demonstration Model Set, 1994
Salesman's travelling case containing individual components and four brochures in French and English. A rare exhibition and/or sales model in excellent condition.

Starting price is Euro 240


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