Dear fellow Ebay purchasers.
I purchased some gold leaf flakes and performed a test by submitting the lot to 2,000F in an over to melt down the gold.
It wasn't gold after all.
Subjecting a subsequent sample to acid testing confirmed the material wasn't gold.
Ads include statements that one can earn huge profits - they forgot to add by misrepresenting the product when the purchaser becomes a vendor of this product.
“4.3 GRAMS OF GOLD FLAKES BULLION NUGGETS ORE LOT.
YOU ARE BIDDING ON 4.3 GRAMS OF GOLD FLAKES!!!!
FLAKES COME IN SIZES FROM LARGE TO SMALLER!!!
MAKE HUGE PROFITS MAKING YOUR OWN VIALS!!!!
YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE ABOUT 50 OR MORE VIALS OUT OF THIS GOLD!!!
I SELL VIALS FROM $1 TO $5 EACH!!!!
EVERYBODY LOVES GOLD!!! GREAT FOR INVESTMENT OR TO GIVE AS GIFTS!!! “
Another example from a different vendor:
“THIS GOLD LEAF FLAKE IS SAME AS YOU FIND IN GOLD VIALS HERE ON EBAY THIS LOT WILL MAKE A HUGE AMOUNT UP TO 5000!!! I HAVE SEEN THESE SELL AT SWAPMEETS FOR $5 EACH!!! $5 *5000 =$25,000
THIS IS LIKE STARTING ASMALL BUISNESS FOR ALMOST NOTHING
PERFECT FOR COLLECTORS AND RESELLERS SELL IT NOW OR PUT IT AWAY!!!
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING IS GOING UP
BUY THIS NOW FOR BEST PRICE EVER BEFORE IT IS GONE
BEAUTIFUL GOLD LEAF FLAKE
BUY IT NOW ONLY $112.95
EACH BID IS FOR: 100 GRAMS OF GOLD LEAF FLAKES”
I subsequently learned much of the gold leaf flake sold on Ebay isn't gold leaf at all. Real gold leaf is available.
There is such a product. That is not what was being sent as gold leaf flake by some vendors.
Imitation gold leaf (also referred to as Composition leaf, Brass leaf, Dutch metal and Schlagmetal) is composed of Copper and Zinc forming a Brass.
Color 2.5 imitation gold leaf is composed of 85% Copper and 15% Zinc. Color 2.5 is similar to the color of 22Kt genuine gold leaf.
Thickness: 0.3-0.55 microns.
Imitation Gold Leaf (color #2)
500 Leaves to a pack!
Composition Gold Leaf, also refered to as dutch Metal and imitation gold leaf, is made from brass, a combination of copper and zinc.
Composition Gold Leaf is available in 3 colors:
#1- 90% Copper & 10% Zinc.
Having the highest copper content of all composition leaf, #1 is the deepest red in color.
#2- 88% Copper & 12% Zinc.
The high copper content of #2 gives it a deep red gold color.
#2 ½- 85% Copper & 15% Zinc.
Average gold color imitating 22kt genuine gold leaf, #2 ½ is the most popular color.
When I brought my tests results forward to vendor A, he responded:
"I did an acid test this weekend. Your write it smoked and desolved."
Later he wrote:
"If there is 1kt in the bags, or even if it electroplated gold. its still a from of gold."
E-bay says when we submit a bid -
"By clicking on the button below, you commit to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder.
You are agreeing to a contract -- You will enter into a legally binding contract to purchase the item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. You are responsible for reading the full item listing, including the seller's instructions and accepted payment methods. Seller assumes all responsibility for listing this item. "
These vendors think all they have to do is refund the money and all is forgiven.
Vendor A wrote : "I wrote my supplier he has not wrote back Yet. I'm pretty disgusted right now. We have to figure out what you paid and refund it. Not a big deal."
I disagree. We entered into a binding contract. Both parties understood what the specific terms of the contract were.
These misrepresentations are being done across state lines.
If you believe you have been the victim of a crime, you have the right to submit a complaint through the:
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3
The IC3 is co-sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
Google IC3 to get the link.
My search right now yields 159 results found for gold flake leaf under Home>Buy>Coins & Paper money>Bullion>Gold
Some are real. Some are not. Buyer beware.