thesupercollector on Ebay

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Has anyone ever bought from him? He always has the most perfect, white figures that seem too good to be true. Yet all his ratings are positive, so I'm not saying they're not all legit. I've also noticed several figures listed with the wrong weapon. His listing has Disneyland as his home which seems a little fishy as well. Anyone?
 
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He does shill bid. Items are re-listed all of the time. I think they actually over grade most of thier stuff. "Super minty, good luck finding another this nice." Then, the photos show clear paint rubs. I actually once inquired about something once, just asking if I was seeing damage or not, as I was seriously interested in something and s/he gave a very nasty reply something like "... if you're going to picky don't buy my stuff." Um, hello, you are selling collectibles? Picky is everything? Why grade your figures?

That said, they are straightforward with weapons being incorrect, to a degree. Sometimes they list an Imperial Gunner and say "with blue Endor pistol" and do indicate it is the wrong gun. Or they will indicate "proper black Endor weapon is available in another auction." They even frequently indicate that their figures are freshly taken of a card. That really bugs me. Not really sure how they have a 100% feedback. There are some who have reported positive transactions, however.
 
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Thanks for the response. Something's always seemed a little "off" about their listings and the feedback.
 
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Looking at his location and pics... is that the Disneyland pony bronie guy?


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LOL, Dying to know the backstory there. A pony, bronie, shill-bidding seller is not something you encounter every day.
There was an eBay account a few years back something like disneylandponybronie or something like that.

That account was famous for posting pictures showing tons of stuff in a listing and it not being clear what you were actually buying. Likewise his stuff would often sell (often at high prices relative to market) and then relist.

To be fair I have bought from them before and had no issues.




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Pretty sure it's the same guy...was selling a super rare long tip saber Vader that was rarer than the telescoping version awhile back.....:whistling:
 
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Its the same person I've been watching there stuff for a while under both names. I have actually bought a few things from them and haven't really had any problems yet. I do have to agree that it does seem a little fishy sometimes and I don't like how everything always says fresh off the card. If they really just took it off a card to sell for more money then that just sickens me to think of all the moc figures they have destroyed just for a few bucks!
 
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Same person he just changed his name. I am not sure how he keeps getting away with his bull...
 
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This creep bought a bunch of stuff from me a year or two back, and then filed a "not as described" return on 7 out of the 8 items (NM Falcon ramp w/ tab, a bunch of other high grade stuff I can't recall, a bunch of figures w/ original accessories), then switched out everything---ramp w/ no tab that had a portion glued back on (worthless), repro accessories w/ much lesser condition figures, on and on....I really can't get into all the details because this actually traumatized me and is pretty confusing.

Anyway, it turned out that he had done this to a bunch of other sellers at the same time. We got together on one of the forums, pooled info, it was very spectacular what he did. One guy got a lot of his personal info. This was when he was "ponybronie" or whatever....and when we all threatened him w/ legal action, he dumped that account and changed to "the supercollector". A couple weeks later, after threatening him a couple more times, he actually sent me (w/o any communication on his end, ever) a bunch of legit weapons and a few pretty decent figs, and I came out w/ a profit in the end, I think!!! Ha ha. I believe he's located in Vegas, not CA. He's a bait and switch master of sorts. Like he puts quite a lot of effort into it.

Please don't buy from him. I'm pretty sure most if not all of his stuff has been acquired through elaborate bait and switch schemes. It came out that he often buys stuff and has it sent to a third party (innocentbuyers of "his" stuff from his account). So I doubt he even physically has most of the crap in the crappy flash-bleached ultra-close up pics.

"Good luck finding another" eBay Star Wars toy con like this!!!!!!!
 
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This creep bought a bunch of stuff from me a year or two back, and then filed a "not as described" return on 7 out of the 8 items (NM Falcon ramp w/ tab, a bunch of other high grade stuff I can't recall, a bunch of figures w/ original accessories), then switched out everything---ramp w/ no tab that had a portion glued back on (worthless), repro accessories w/ much lesser condition figures, on and on....I really can't get into all the details because this actually traumatized me and is pretty confusing.

Anyway, it turned out that he had done this to a bunch of other sellers at the same time. We got together on one of the forums, pooled info, it was very spectacular what he did. One guy got a lot of his personal info. This was when he was "ponybronie" or whatever....and when we all threatened him w/ legal action, he dumped that account and changed to "the supercollector". A couple weeks later, after threatening him a couple more times, he actually sent me (w/o any communication on his end, ever) a bunch of legit weapons and a few pretty decent figs, and I came out w/ a profit in the end, I think!!! Ha ha. I believe he's located in Vegas, not CA. He's a bait and switch master of sorts. Like he puts quite a lot of effort into it.

Please don't buy from him. I'm pretty sure most if not all of his stuff has been acquired through elaborate bait and switch schemes. It came out that he often buys stuff and has it sent to a third party (innocentbuyers of "his" stuff from his account). So I doubt he even physically has most of the crap in the crappy flash-bleached ultra-close up pics.

"Good luck finding another" eBay Star Wars toy con like this!!!!!!!
Great post! So that was the tipping point that made him change him name?!- great insight on this total scumbag seller. Clearly you guys did a wonderful job collaborating and taking him down. Well done sir!! I can’t believe ebay hasn’t given him a lifetime ban. Sellers like him brings down our hobby big time- ughh!!
 
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Recently I had also trouble with this seller. Bought two items at quite a good price. (S)He cancelled one without prior communication and stated that I wanted the cancellation. I then said that I don't want the other item, because I only want both items together. After days of no response he cancelled the second item and indicated in the cancellation that he didn't receive payment from the buyer. (Again not the true reason for cancellation)
I gave him negative Feedback and he threatened me and did disgusting statments about old and ill people. Finally (s)he said: "mass mp put out to prts#^^170) so that you can not cause grief to other fellow collectors and dealers." But I don't know what "prts#^^170" means - perhaps a threat that he will mass message my name somewhere.
As said before, I can only warn everyone to not buy from this person.
 
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VTG ~ vintage ~ star ~ wars ~ looking ~ at ~ the ~ above ~ slaughter ~ (!) ~ I ~ just ~ had ~ to ~ put ~ my ~ bid ~ in ~ ;-)

I started buying from 'thesupercollector', or 'Steve Belmonte' about 3 years ago, & at the time was oblivious to this thread...

***** By the way, thesupercollector is no more; profile deleted! He is now trading as: <<<meshomus>>>.... !!! *****

I can only comment from a buyer's perspective, as I have (thankfully by the looks of it!) never sold to him.

Credit where it's due; what drew me to his auctions were his close up, high- res photo's, and his descriptions. As a fellow seller & sales person & as a collector, having obsessional attention to detail (!), he wiped the floor with the army of e-bay sellers using cryptic, out of focus shots from a mile away under poor light, shot on a nasty brown carpet with food stains & with the really helpful description 'used condition'. I mean who buys that right?!! While not always entirely accurate (and carefully worded), his descriptions were if anything entertaining, & at least he bothered!

I buy mainly card fresh / near mint loose figures, plus some selected MOC's. The amount of sellers claiming 'near mint condition' & posting up a photo showing obvious wear is unbelievable to me; I think amateurs just copy other peoples posts & have not a clue what they mumble about... This guy, however, has more than a clue for sure. His seller profile claims his folks owned a toy & comic book... OK, we know he is a complete spinner, but, looking at the stock he has held & sold, & the amount of same variant 'dupe' figures looking extremely fresh, there could be some truth in it. At least he inherited shop or factory stock somewhere along the way...

He is a master of 'truth economy'; by that I mean, he exploits the ebay seller rules to his own advantage. 'Study the pictures carefully, no refunds!', yet the description could easily be for a completely different item. I learned quickly you need to be super- sharp with this shark. As for accessories, certainly he split anything of worth & sold separately, chucking in a blue Bespin blaster with Leia Organa (example) & not even mentioning it... I think newcomers to the SW collecting world were truly taken advantage of, but for me I knew exactly what I was bidding on. And, for myself in the UK, there was an advantage: Bulk load- up's of many figures finishing with just minutes between them, and, usually between 1 & 3am UK TIME. Advantage? Daytime in the USA; USA collectors are more often looking for Palitoy/Last17/PBP/POCH etc, as Kenner is everywhere. UK bidders are mainly sleeping!!! Disadvantage: Sneaking downstairs at said hours without the misses waking up...

Back to the pic's: High res close- up's of any Star Wars figures show paint irregularities. That is because by todays standards, the paint applications were poor. We know it. At first I was convinced he had taken a huge stock of Kenner factory seconds. However; take a card fresh figure, shoot at high res close up & you might be surprised... Many of the figures I bought from matey I knew to be in very high grade condition, & the photo's were showing them in the worse light. It's not a brag but I have graded records & collectables for many years, so give me decent photo's & I can make a sound decision & rarely get caught out. I perhaps bought 30 - 40 figures from 'SB' (ha, turn- em' around... ;)) & only 2 figures were disappointing: an orange Insignia ATAT Driver with a really obvious mark on his rear, and a 'gold hue' Death Star Droid (yes, just for fun) which clearly had varnish applied at some point in time to spruce up the dulling chrome, which had degraded & turned yellow. (I found a real one recently). Both instances were my own fault. Never assess auction photo's on a smart phone... Lesson learned!

Of course, the descriptions? 'This ones on- point! Super sharp!' etc... :ROFLMAO:

My gripe with the seller? Shipping costs. This dude smacked on around $10-15 for packing. Come on!!! If buying multiples, ebay would invoice for all, with separate individual item shipping costs all stacked up. If I were the seller, as soon as the auction finished I would re- invoice buyers with the correct amounts. I get folk can be busy with work & life, but sometimes 2 days later, still no answer. It's just a case of poor management. And the dispatch time, on say a $300 dollar purchase? A week, or sometimes 2!!! I was never in a hurry, but still, you have that much of someone's hard earned in your bank account, you get a move on.

I am sorry to hear the above accounts of you guys who got stung. I am sorry to think of the many newbies who got stung by incorrect weapons (and annoyed; as they pushed up the bidding price while the rest of us were trying to shave a bit off to buy the correct weapon separately!!!!!!).

Those examples aside for which there's no forgiveness, my experience with 'thesupercollector' was no different to any other ebay seller. I have to play devils advocate here: It is up to YOU to closely inspect the photo's, & any doubt, don't buy. His spin on some levels was almost admirable; I am not defending him, but I somewhat (and not fully) respect his clever way with words & manipulating the rules to his own advantage. Ebay is a tricky place & you need to be sharp. Would I employ the same techniques? NO. Morally, a big no, I like happy customers. However, he used the tools provided & left it up to the buyers to make the decision, and it is not against the law. He is not unique or alone in making a sales pitch tipped in his favour. His style of listing, photos, nifty header characters & his frequency of bulk orders made him hard to ignore, almost creating his own universe to buy into, so kudos to that.

As for the above accounts of his buying activities, that's dreadful. Surely ebay would have spotted the high 'not as described' return claims & deactivated him?

My parting shot with him was 2x correct certified V1c true black blasters for my Luke Stormies. Cost me an arm & a leg, but after many returns over a long period of time (sent a blue/black, or incorrect V1 / V5 with a V1c stock photo in the listing, you name it), it put a happy end to my torment***

You see, he knows exactly what he is selling. Just make sure you know exactly what you are buying, with him or anyone else. The clues are nearly always there... 🔍🔍🔍🔍



***Yes I stand on the side of Luke Stormie being incomplete/incorrect with any other blaster! But we know some came with blue-black/dark grey/V3 etc. (PBP / Tri- Logo etc.)... It's just the way it is all these years later.
 
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