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  2. Can someone please let me know which couriers offer reasonable shipping rates for furniture. I need to transport a couch from Johannesburg to Durban? Thanks!
  3. Hi Pierre I have never seen or heard of a 5 Gal Model Dairy token.... This is new to me Cheers
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  5. Hi, I just received a call from a buyer who states that they received their parcel this morning and that they only opened it this evening and after opening it they discovered that one piece, the most expensive one is missing. I package and shipped the parcel myself and know that it was in the bag. Now they almost threatened me via sms to say they will go through "other" means to get a refund if I do not compensate them within a time frame of their liking. I used an Aramex Prepaid bag as the buyer did not pay insurance for the shipment and it states at the bottom of the listing under the bidding terms and conditions that we as the seller will not be liable for any lost parcels and damages while in transit. However I have had buyers with items that were damaged and other buyers with missing items. I have been assisting them all and replaced and refunded every order as needed. However this is a fairly large amount +_R4000. What am I to do? I cannot keep losing this is my only source of income and R4000 is almost a months worth of profit. Please I need help on what to do about this case.
  6. Hi, I just received a call from a buyer who states that they received their parcel this morning and that they only opened it this evening and after opening it they discovered that one piece, the most expensive one is missing. I package and shipped the parcel myself and know that it was in the bag. Now they almost threatened me via sms to say they will go through "other" means to get a refund if I do not compensate them within a time frame of their liking. I used an Aramex Prepaid bag as the buyer did not pay insurance for the shipment and it states at the bottom of the listing under the bidding terms and conditions that we as the seller will not be liable for any lost parcels and damages while in transit. However I have had buyers with items that were damaged and other buyers with missing items. I have been assisting them all and replaced and refunded every order as needed. However this is a fairly large amount +_R4000. What am I to do? I cannot keep losing this is my only source of income and R4000 is almost a months worth of profit. Please I need help on what to do about this case.
  7. Thanks @Pierre_Henri for sharing - although I am not into coins, I always find your posts very interesting.
  8. Thanks Pierre. A most interesting topic. Looking forward to the next post .... I am not aware of any S & Co metal detecting finds.
  9. IPhone 4S

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  11. The following question still remains:- Why are coins like the Scheepjesgulden, Griqua series and even the S & Co tokens seldom if ever found by South African metal detectorists? Engelbrecht (1986:30) writes I have also read that as soon as the silver coins were put into circulation locally, the soldiers and sailors would hoard them and sold them to bullion dealers destined for the East where they would be sold at a premium. That is probably one of the reasons why examples of the Scheepjesguldens and other silver coins, are so scarce – large quantities left the country as soon as they were dispersed. However, I must add that I have indeed found some examples in old Cape coin collections and family “junk” boxes on more than one occasion – here is an example of a locally found 1/16-scheepjesgulden that was graded almost uncirculated details by NGC. It was found in the estate of a Simons Town family. Another example of this denomination was sold to me by a retired nurse who received the coin from an old lady patient of her from Somerset West many years ago. To explain the absence of the Griqua coinage as metal detecting finds is fairly easy. Firstly, it is believed that only a relative small number of them were put into circulation and the series as a whole was a monetary failure. Secondly, Griquatown is not situated in a part of South Africa that is regularly frequented by metal detectorists so the area is seldom if ever searched. Lukas van der Merwe, the current editor of our newsletter, and I actually had a detecting trip planned to go there in the 1990s, but for some reason it was cancelled. However, it is interesting to note that a worn Griquatown ½ Penny was actually found on a hill near Matjiesfontein – a hamlet near Beaufort West where the Griquas had a trading fair with Cape colonists during this period as recorded in an article by Dr. F.K. Mitchell in 1978 (The Coinage of Griqua Town – the Missionary Coinage of South Africa) Here is a picture of the same denomination (½ Penny) graded VF35 showing wear on all the high points Just as a matter of interest, we actually detected twice at Matjiesfontein searching for Anglo Boer War artifacts. When the Anglo-Boer war broke out in 1899, Matjiesfontein served as a command headquarters and home to many British officers. This was the furthest north from Cape Town that wives and sweethearts were allowed to travel In his novel In Stede van die Liefde (2005), the esteemed South African author and Hertzog-prize winner Etienne van Heerden, based one of his characters on our metal detecting experiences at Matjiesfontein. The novel was also translated into English for his international readers. However, returning to more pressing issues, I have the following question to ask regarding the S & Co tokens:- “For a series that indeed circulated widely during the later 1910s up till the mid-1930s, why are so few (if any) examples recorded as metal detecting finds in South Africa?” To be continued…
  12. Excluding Dropshippers from search

    Could users please answer a quick poll here:
  13. Can we please have some user-feedback to the above. Based on the original requirement from users we had the impression that the Item Location Filter should be "sticky/persist" - i.e. selecting "South Africa" would exclude International products and would always show local products without having to tick the filter every time you browse/search through a category. Currently, once South Africa is selected as Item Location, all searches will only show products located within South Africa and exclude International/drop-shipped products. The selection does not reset between searches and only clicking on "clear" will remove the "stickiness" of this filter. There seems to be sentiment that persisting the Item Location selection is confusing for some and before we remove the stickiness of the filter (i.e. it resets each time you do a new search) we would like to have some feedback/opinion on this. Please vote above and post comments in this topic for any other suggestions.
  14. IPhone 4S

    I'm looking for a cheap iphone 4s can have a broken screen and or scratch body, just need the inside working. looking for a cheap price.
  15. Image upload errors

    Thanks - I ended up creating the "image" in excel via a screenshot and it worked perfectly. I will however give your suggestion a try for those stubborn images!
  16. Tokens (found by means of a metal detector) are a lot scarcer than coins, and tokens from the 1800s are truly rare finds. Here are a few token finds that I am aware of … Both a 3d and 6d token of the Royal Field Artillery were found on one of our detecting trips on an old British Military Camp (Boer War era) near Harrismith in the Free State. I cannot find my pictures of the tokens, but interestingly enough and on the same day, this Victorian gold half sovereign was found. The picture shows it in “as dug” condition. I have found an EK Green Wine Merchant (Cape Town) token that was used circa 1903-1930. It was detected near the old airport building at Wingfield, Goodwood. In the olden days (pre 1954) Wingfield was the official airport of Cape Town. Here is a vintage picture of the airport building – the token was found near the clump of trees as indicated. One of the best token finds that I know of, is a very rare Blackwood & Couper Durban One Shilling Token found by a friend of mine on a sugar cane farm near Blythedale beach near Stanger in Kwa Zulu Natal. Here is the finding spot and a picture of a similar token of 1861 (not the one that was detected) Anther fabulous token find was recently made on a Durban beach, being an unrecorded Durban Model Dairy (5-Gallon) Token. Hern only records a ½ Gallon token for this dairy so a rare find indeed. The picture shows the token as it was found, and after a bit of careful cleaning. The finder writes To be continued …
  17. 1967 I OUNCE KRUGERRAND

    or 1968, 1969,thanx
  18. Excessive shipping fees?

    BOB. Re:excessive courier fees Hello Madam/Sir "I'd love to accept some offers but currently I'm in a huge delima with different sellers charging such amounts for minor items which by the way for example can be most certainly placed in one envelope or parcel and feel it hard to continue purchasing through BOB in this respect as its become quite difficult to choose BOB as an obvious choice to trade without any prejudice in any way either by alarming myself or having to ask a seller to opt out of a bid or reject an offer due to shipping options suddenly becoming unavailable or seamlessly just disappearing off the check out option costing the buyers even more towards courier fees(irrespective of courier company)unless a company can step up to BOB either way... ...also is it even possible to save on these charges by combining offers(one/a seller)from different days in the same week atleast... ...once again thank you for your items which I so enjoy bidding and buying through your'll from a few good sellers..."
  19. Here are pictures of two interesting local coin finds The first is an ancient Byzantine coin from 395 – 403 AD found near East London by Clarence Coetzer in 1955 (the were digging up a washing pole in their back yard and found the coin) Clarence speculates As a matter of interest, ancient coin finds have been made before in South Africa – in 1893, some Greek and Roman coins were found in Pondoland – see this link … But as our subject concerns colonial times, I think that the most interesting silver coin found locally (about 20 years ago) by a metal detectorist, is this coin found by my friend Wolfgang Roux, on his father-in-laws wine farm situated about 150 kilometers north of Cape Town in the Hex River Valley. It is a silver German 1/24 Thaler of 1624 struck in the name of Prince Wolfgang (the same name as the finders name!) found hundreds of years after it was minted – and in South Africa of all places! To be continued…
  20. Excessive shipping fees?

    u are absolutely rite,i often have to cancel a coin buy due to RAM fees of R850????PAYING THESE FEES MAKE THE COIN BUY A BAD INVESTMENT, does not help living in a small city,
  21. Mike Klee asks a very interesting question regarding the silver Scheepjesgulden that was sent to the Cape in 1803 and introduced in 1806 here as the first coins struck specifically for South Africa (Cape of Good Hope). “For a coinage that was in circulation, what happened to them all? Why aren't they found by metal-detectorists” Let me start off by saying that finding (metal detecting) ANY pre-Victorian coins in South Africa is a rare occurrence. (However, I must state that we are not talking about shipwrecked coins – they are fairly frequently found by underwater detectorists) Coins from the first quarter of the 1800s and earlier, are seldom found on dry land here. The few that I have found I could count on the fingers of one hand. My oldest was a Charles I Rose Farthing that was interestingly enough struck before Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape in 1652. I have also found a Dutch India Company Doit from the late 1600s or early 1700s and a 1797 Cartwheel Penny. So I have never found a silver coin dating from the period of the VOC/ Dutch occupation of the Cape (pre 1806) and even the fairly common Georgian silver coins from 1816 to 1836 were only found on the rarest of occasions – I may have found two or three. And it was not due to a lack of trying - I have detected with friends from 1997 till around 2012 on a weekly basis – sometimes we would go out twice a week and during holidays every single day finding literarily 1000s upon 1000s of coins over the period. Our detectors were set to discriminate against modern “clad” coins, so the nickel coins minted after 1964 and the cladded coins minted after 1989, were not even dug up by us But between the whole group of us (we were about 20 metal detectorists searching in the Western Cape at that time – mostly the beaches - but also other sites from time to time) pre-Victorian coins were seldom found and called for a glass of Champagne when a strike was indeed made. Obviously, in a country like England, pre-Victorian coins are found on a daily basis by hundreds of detectorists – but at the Cape in the olden days, things seem to be not the same… Here is a picture of me joining an American & Canadian group of metal detectorists on a detecting trip to England a few years ago (2010 I think) – but that is obviously a different story …
  22. Excluding Dropshippers from search

    A CPA scenario , quite interesting ,http://www.barnardinc.co.za/articles/20-articles/88-warranties-and-the-cpa , and has this ever happened in SA yet where its been enforced: A consumer may within six months of delivery return the goods to the supplier if the gods fail to satisfy the requirements and standards contained in Section 55. The consumer can direct the supplier to either:  repair or replace the failed, unsafe or defect ive goods ; or  refund the consumer the price paid by the consumer for the goods. How does the 7 day warranty apply here.
  23. Excluding Dropshippers from search

    Its still going to be a nightmare for awhile , it has improved though , but what is classified as a reasonable time ? my other thought is : as stated by many sellers , returning goods that are faulty is for the BUYERS account , not to bad if its local , but if its dropshipped from china , Thats a nightmare , you have to pay customs to get it , you have to pay customs to send it back , you then have to pay again to get it back to you , and all the time the dropshipper sits and smiles .To dig that out of the CPA isnt easy and if its a small purchase , youre on your own I think , I still say stay away ,unless you are prepared to wait and hope the item works and doesnt need servicing or repairs .ALSO most only give you 7 days "warranty" CPA clearly states 6 months and product must be of a reasonable quality ??? if you are prepared to take a chance on something thats not a toy ,good luck .I Wont anymore .
  24. Excluding Dropshippers from search

    So I reported that my search for "thomas trackmaster track" included: 1) Sellers from outside South Africa: MERKADO and Ezi Imports 2) Sellers goodsale and PaperTown Africa who don't necessarily have stock and who don't necessarily have access to South African stock. Here is the response I got from BoB: " Kindly note that response from the seller below : "Hi. We do not ship from overseas. Some products are not available with local suppliers and and transferred to our warehouse in sa by international suppliers. However, we take control of all stock prior to shipping to customers. We do not dropship directly from overseas. There are also no hidden costs when purchasing from us" Kind regards " Effectively confirming that BoB are happy with that response. Now all I need to confirm is - what is the point of the "South African" sellers search feature? How does it benefit the local sellers with stock (who I'm looking for) if they have to share space with people who don't have local stock? Think about it... what use is it that the seller plugs his computer into Eskom power every morning yet has to fulfil your order from an overseas supplier? They may as well be sitting in China as far as the buyer is concerned.
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  26. Arrogance of certain sellers

    Hi mrmouse, Thank you for the good advice . We have been in contact with Destructor Dave and the seller since last night. Kind regards Andries
  27. Arrogance of certain sellers

    Send complaint to hello@bidorbuy.co.za ,it's not allowed ,to delete anything you choose,he don't make the rules ,unfortunately it's a problem,many sellers are guilty of it .
  28. Mike Klee asks a very interesting question regarding the Scheepjesgulden on the link I provided above I can also add:- why were no examples of the Griqua coinage ever found by metal detectorists? Or for that matter, the S & Co Tokens that were put into circulation almost a century later? Why do metal-detectorists seldom or never find examples of these? This is an interesting question that I will try to answer in a new thread that I will be starting soon. As a matter of interest, I was for many years the editor of the South African Newsletter // Magazine for Metal Detectorists Treasure Talk, so have first-hand knowledge of the subject. I have also metal detected on most continents (except Australia) with my finds going back two thousand years ago to Roman and Celtic times. I averaged about 20 000 coins a year and stopped counting the “treasures” after I found my 200th gold item. I will start the new thread during the coming weekend, but as I know that jwither collects Spanish Pillar Dollars ... guess what was found here on this little low tide island at Blueberg, Cape Town during the 1970s by a metal detectorist? Or should I ask how many? (During low tide one can easily walk there without your feet even getting wet – that is way so many metal detectorists could swept their coils there)
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