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That reminds me, if anyone fancies a non-retracting Boheme with MB leather pouch, there's one on eBay AU currently sitting at $AU46... low start price because seller wasn't sure it was genuine.

 

Well? Is it authentic?

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Well? Is it authentic?

I don't know enough to be able to tell. The converter is definitely fake though. People are bidding, so maybe it is or they're prepared to take the risk.

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I don't know enough to be able to tell. The converter is definitely fake though. People are bidding, so maybe it is or they're prepared to take the risk.

Or they don't care.

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I don't know enough to be able to tell. The converter is definitely fake though. People are bidding, so maybe it is or they're prepared to take the risk.

 

Non-retracting Bohemes with converters are always fakes if they are the small size that should always be retractable

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You're very kind Tom :)

I've been enjoying your OBBB thread very much. I'm not convinced that I'll ever want to use a nib bigger than OB or B, but its great seeing all your amazing pictures and handwriting!

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Non-retracting Bohemes with converters are always fakes if they are the small size that should always be retractable

Here's the link:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MONTBLANC-BOHEME-FOUNTAIN-PEN-UN-INKED-NOT-TESTED-GENUINE-IRIDIUM-NIB-GERMANY-/382170517714?roken=cUgayN

 

From what I was reading last night I'm guessing that the nib also screams fake.

 

I've also seen another Boheme that is raising questions for me because the box has a black star on it instead of white...

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mont-Blanc-Boheme-Fountain-Pen-/172787626384?roken=cUgayN&soutkn=scaJaP

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Here's the link:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MONTBLANC-BOHEME-FOUNTAIN-PEN-UN-INKED-NOT-TESTED-GENUINE-IRIDIUM-NIB-GERMANY-/382170517714?roken=cUgayN

 

From what I was reading last night I'm guessing that the nib also screams fake.

 

 

The "Iridium Point Germany" stamped on the nib of the first pen is a dead giveaway. I would report the item and let the seller know (they claim not to know if it's genuine or not - might be an out for them or maybe they really don't know) lest someone get taken. I would do so however my US Ebay login doesn't work for the AU site.

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The "Iridium Point Germany" stamped on the nib of the first pen is a dead giveaway. I would report the item and let the seller know (they claim not to know if it's genuine or not - might be an out for them or maybe they really don't know) lest someone get taken. I would do so however my US Ebay login doesn't work for the AU site.

I've contacted the seller to let them know - I will wait and see whether they decide to do the right thing before I think about reporting it to eBay.

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Well, I tried bidding on a 146R (M nib) on eBay the other day. When I put my bid in it was sitting at US$300; by the time the auction closed it was up to US483. I've taken this as a Sign and have emailed the seller of the Boheme with OB nib. Waiting on a response...

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I've contacted the seller to let them know - I will wait and see whether they decide to do the right thing before I think about reporting it to eBay.

 

Don't wait. It takes days for eBay to even think about doing something. If it's only listed for a week you will be too late. -_-

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Don't wait. It takes days for eBay to even think about doing something. If it's only listed for a week you will be too late. -_-

Ah, I wasn't aware (I've never used eBay much before.) there's only 6 hours left. The seller has replied to me, says he can't amend the description because bids have been placed, and basically "buyer beware." If the pen works ok then the "lucky" winner may not care very much...

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Dilemma! Do I get this Boheme shipped insured (in which case the value has to be declared and I get hit with $150 in import duties) or uninsured, take the risk and maybe save $150? Decisions decisions...

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I use the mail and avoid messenger services that add a brokerage fee.

Here anything, be it new or 2nd hand, over the $400 limit (INCLUDING the cost of shipping, which I find particularly annoying) attracts Customs duties, even if it comes by post. The value of the goods has to be declared on the customs sticker/paperwork. Anything over $1000 requires an importer number and that's where import services and brokerage fees come in. NZ Customs are VERY diligent about checking packages, and I've never had anything with a declared value of $400+ that escaped duties. Luckily they don't go so far as to open parcels and check stated value against actual value. Thus my Rouge et Noir was able to escape duties, and I've elected to take the risk with the Boheme.

 

I think Customs here is so onto it because of the bio security risk to our unique wildlife and farms. And fair enough. But the $400 limit is just miserly. I believe in Australia it's $1000. At any rate, I've paid the import duties enough times that I don't feel guilty about skipping them occasionally.

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