Recaster Alert - Final Verdict Page One Post One

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Watson, May 9, 2006.

  1. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    **ANOTHER UPDATE**

    Here is is the actual guy who is ripping me off and here is his current auction for my tiles. Anyone recognize this e bay user name y-winger 1

    http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-4-piece-Deat...1QQcmdZViewItem


    I contacted evil bay and I really can't do anything else at this point. He intends to continue using the molds. My conversation with him on AIM:


    **UPDATE**

    The gentleman who was selling these has contacted me and has provided me with the information of the person who sold them to him claiming to be his own design.

    I checked the name and email against my sales records and sure enough I sold a set of 9 panels to this guy on ebay last year. I am going to work with the mods from several boards to find out if this person has registered with them to find out if he is a member anywhere.

    If that turns up empty I will be seeing if any of you know who this guy is. Thank you so much for the support today guys. It is days like today that I realize that although there are a few bad apples the majority of us watch each others backs.

    Greg










    Mike Salzo emails me this link to an ebay auction this morning. I was laughing at first but now I am super *.

    This asshat is selling my Death Star panels and even offering a "Certificate of Authenticity to show that it is an original model being produced by Gares Designs & Creations"

    Man how can someone feel good about doing this. The only thing I can say is that he is at least overcharging for them. Does anyone know who this guy is?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Science-Fiction-Surfac...bayphotohosting

    Here is a link to my site showing my progress as I built these:
    http://www.blockheadpictures.com/scratchbuild.html

    The picture in his auction:
    e4_1.jpg

    My Set:
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  2. Buckeye_01

    Buckeye_01 New Member

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    That sucks man. I hope he gets whats coming to him for all his BS claims.
     
  3. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Buckeye_01 @ May 9 2006, 09:10 AM) [snapback]1241225[/snapback]</div>
    I just sent this to him via e Bay

    Just so you know, I do not appreciate you recasting my work. I worked hard to make these and I do not appreciate you claiming them as an original piece from you.

    I am asking that you at least have the decency to remove this auction.

    JDH
     
  4. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Can you file a complaint with eBay and have his auctions pulled? It looks like you have enough evidence to support that he is a lying scumbag recaster.
     
  5. Watson

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Boba Frett @ May 9 2006, 09:18 AM) [snapback]1241234[/snapback]</div>
    I honestly do not know since, technically it is an interpretation of the death star surface. Although it is my original work I am not sure if I have a leg to stand on. I also want to give this guy a chance to do the right thing. Either way it will be interesting to see what he decides to do.

    G
     
  6. Clutch

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    I would say they look nothing like the Deathstar surface and have nothing to do with it.
     
  7. Gojira61

    Gojira61 Sr Member

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    Looks to me like this is 100% your work inspired by the Star Wars films, I believe that gives you a leg to stand on in the matter.

    Jim
     
  8. Bryancd

    Bryancd Master Member

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    At least he had the decency to shuffle the pieces around in a failed attempt to make it look different from your. What a putz. :angry
     
  9. Watson

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Bryancd @ May 9 2006, 09:33 AM) [snapback]1241253[/snapback]</div>

    hahaha that he did. No repsonse yet.
     
  10. rocketeer25

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    Sorry to hear about this, Greg. :angry

    Any idea how he got a copy of your base?
     
  11. Montagar

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  12. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(rocketeer25 @ May 9 2006, 10:02 AM) [snapback]1241269[/snapback]</div>
    Not at present. When I get home tonight I will look through my records and see if I ever sold some to anyone in his area or someone with a similar name. Not tooting my own horn but I have sold allot of these since I made them. So who knows.

    Greg

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Montagar @ May 9 2006, 10:04 AM) [snapback]1241270[/snapback]</div>

    Oh Mother @#$%. I am * now. This guy has a serious set of brass ones.

    Oh look everyone, this gentleman has a contact page:

    http://www.garesdesignsandcreations.com/Contact.html
     
  13. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    He has a recasting service....Err, I mean casting service :angel
     
  14. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well I went ahead and notified e Bay.

    JDH
     
  15. xeno

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  16. EchoLeader

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    Greg, here's more info on this guy at his blog.

    Blog
     
  17. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(EchoLeader @ May 9 2006, 11:29 AM) [snapback]1241320[/snapback]</div>
    Yeah I have his address and phone number now. Trying to decide what to do.

    G
     
  18. Bryancd

    Bryancd Master Member

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    Let us know if we should engage in a e-mail assault.
     
  19. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Bryancd @ May 9 2006, 11:39 AM) [snapback]1241324[/snapback]</div>
    No none of that, although I cannot control what others do ;)

    If you google his name, and you can get it off his website blog page, he appears to be a well known modeler with allot of awards.

    I want to give him every benefit of the doubt before I do anything rash.

    Thanks for having my back B

    Greg
     
  20. Buckeye_01

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    I have a feeling you are going to get the * of this deal. You put in all the hard work, and he takes all the credit. I don't doubt your word in the least, but are his casts the same size as yours? Again, I am sorry to see this happen.
     
  21. Watson

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Buckeye_01 @ May 9 2006, 12:28 PM) [snapback]1241354[/snapback]</div>
    He says "Each piece measures in at 5 3/4" square and are made of solid resin" My masters are almost 6 squared so with second gen casting and shrinkage that sounds about right.

    A member at SSM PM'ed me that he is a member at a forum called the Clubhouse and so is this guy. I supplied them with all the evidence and they have agreed that the panels he is selling are mine. They are trying to get to the bottom of it on thier end.
     
  22. The Wook

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    JDH,

    I got my torch and pitchfork ready. :angry

    C'mon everybody...let's GET HIM. :angry

    The Wook
     
  23. houdiniguy

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    My heart goes out to you bro.

    How about you put your own posting on ebay and sell them at a lower price and as the original, NOT a copy. and in the description tell lookers to beware of rip off copies.
    Howard has seen casts of his beautiful originals done and he now sells on ebay.

    Thoughts?


    Justa thought.
    Best to you.
    Tom
     
  24. rad1701

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    Sorry to hear about this. I think the best you can do is notify as many prop makers/collectors forums out there so his business dries up.
     
  25. Buckeye_01

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(The Wook @ May 9 2006, 01:47 PM) [snapback]1241362[/snapback]</div>
    I'm game for slammin this jackass into the weeds.. I've got my vasoliene and straight razor at the ready..
     
  26. PHArchivist

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    Greg's on the right track -- take it one step at a time... Give the guy the opportunity to pull the auction and the web site entry, and if he declines...






    THEN WE BURY HIM..
     
  27. GuntahKela

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    Any updates?
     
  28. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(GuntahKela @ May 9 2006, 04:03 PM) [snapback]1241499[/snapback]</div>
    Not yet, but email is giving me fits so it is entirely possible he has emailed me though I am doubting it.

    G
     
  29. Watson

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    Just got this response over at Starship Modeler and Hobby Talk from the guy who runs that webpage:

    And My repsonse:
    Ball is in his court to now produce his partner.
     
  30. Immortal Goat

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    Well, at least he's agreed to even take them off of his site. That's gotta be a plus.
     
  31. Reel Fakes

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    The Ebay auction is down as well :thumbsup
     
  32. Watson

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jedipunk @ May 9 2006, 06:33 PM) [snapback]1241595[/snapback]</div>
    Update post one page one
     
  33. lambotour

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jades Dark Heart @ May 9 2006, 08:06 PM) [snapback]1241620[/snapback]</div>
    I hope it works out for you Greg :thumbsup
    1 down 1 to go.
     
  34. Watson

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    Another update with new info page one post one
     
  35. propsculptor

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  37. gokarosama

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    "May God have mercy on your soul"?

    I appreciate you feel ripped off, and that the guy, in fact, has behaved irresponsibly. But dude.
     
  38. Watson

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(gokarosama @ May 10 2006, 05:40 AM) [snapback]1241860[/snapback]</div>

    Thou shalt not steal.
     

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