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Stan
 #1 

There are more "Meteorites" than one can shake a stick at on ebay.  How can one be sure that they are buying a Meteorite and not some Earthly item that Looks like a Meteorite that's being sold by an unscrupulous person?

I'm building my home library in the style of Jay Walkers home library.  (But on a much smaller scale and budget!)  [wink]

Stan

Al O
 #2 
Stan,

As with any collectable unless you have some experience you don't know if you are getting the real thing. And even then you can get fooled. You need to get some background on the subject matter. Talk with people you know. Maybe join a club. Get some books or do some on-line reading. Feedback on ebay isn't a 100% sure thing but a solid rating with a large number of sales should speak for itself. And if an offered specimen seems to good to be true, good sense indicates you should walk away. Sometimes the best way to double your money is fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

Best Regards,
Al O
Bob Harman
 #3 
Thought I would post a few comments on this thread as some folks always are interested in finding or purchasing a genuine piece of a meteorite. AL O's advice of educating yourself and dealing only with reputable dealers is of paramount importance before your first purchase.

Most meteorite pieces offered for sale to the general public are from well known and described falls. The paperwork for these pieces virtually always describes the type of meteorite The weight (in grams) of the piece is included as is the locality of the find and, if known, the date of the fall. These labels, therefore,  are equivalent to certificates of authenticity.   These examples should be the initial purchases by those interested in their first purchase or those starting a meteorite collection.   It has been my experience that pieces offered for sale without any of the above criteria are almost always NOT genuine meteorite pieces, but non-meteorite look-a-likes.

While small numbers of meteorites are infrequently found by collectors and the general public, the actually numbers found are very, very few. In most states, away from well known impact sites, the numbers found usually are fewer than double figures.....few indeed. Of those few found, they too should have some evidence of authenticity and even fewer of these are offered for sale to the collecting public. Genuine examples of these are often quite expensive since they are not pieces from a large documented fall. If there is no accompanying paperwork for the specimen and the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Buyer beware!!       BOB




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