Last updated: 10-19-2008
With few exceptions, the pen sellers that I have dealt with are honest.
But here is one that I have to warn all of you about. I am going to
document the history of my dealings with this German pen seller who took my
money and never shipped me anything. Worse yet, his delaying tactics meant
that I could not report him to PayPal as it was past the 45-day limit.
I have broken this story into the following chapters:
- The offer
- The payment
- The long wait
- The long silence
- The news from others
- Writing Equipment Society Journal
If you read all this, then you can draw your own conclusion. I have
learned the lesson, and I advise you to avoid any dealings with Patrick Dieth.
Here is news of Mr. Dieth's 2008
Sunday Feb 20, 2005
I get this unsolicited email from Patrick:
I'm a German pen collector and I'm willing to sell a
Parker 75 "Place Vendme" DAMIER Set, with Fountain Pen and matching
"Fibre Tip"-Rollerball. The Set is in MINT Condition and still has
the Sticker on it. Only thing is that the inlet of the fibre tip is empty and
I wasn't able to get a new one here in Germany.
In case that you are interested in purchasing, please
make me an offer. I will gladly send you some nice pictures of it too.
In point of sending, I'm maybe able to send it first
and you were able to pay after recieving.
Tuesday Feb 22, 2005
I respond to say that I am interested:
Forty minutes later Patrick responds and his email contains attached photographs
as I requested:
I am interested and would like to see pictures of
this set. Please photograph them at your convenience as I am in no rush.
In the meantime, can you just answer the following
1. On the top of each cap, is there a dark
2. What price range would you consider fair?
well, the cabochons are black and look like black
achat or something like that. I have had some pictures at my pc, so I included
them with this email. I also offered this Set to some UK based Pen sellers (I`m
a WES Member by myself too), so I will sell it to the first one who likes it.
My price idea is 400 Euros for both pens. And due to that I payed 350Euros for
it by myself a year ago, I'm afraid I can't do them much lesser.
I immediately reply with more questions:
Thank you for replying so quickly and providing me
with the pictures.
The pens look very nice. I do have some questions
regarding the fibre-tip pen.
1. When the cap is closed on the fibre-tip pen, is
the very same length as the closed fountain pen?
2. Can the section from the two pens be interchanged
and fit properly?
3. Would you be willing to sell just the fountain pen
And Patrick quickly replies:
the pens are both the same size and as they are lying
in front off me now, the sections are interchargeable. I think I can't sell
the pen alone, because after that, I think noone is interested in the fibre
At this point, the email were very cordial and it looks like we can make this
deal, so I quickly write back:
If the fibre tip pen can fit the fountain pen
section, then I agree to your price of EUR 400.
How do we proceed with this transaction? I am located
in the USA and you can send the pens to me at my office address of:
Lih-Tah Wong / CMS
20300 Civic Center Drive #300
Southfield, MI 48076
Two hours later Patrick replies:
sending the pens to the USA isn`t a problem. I can
send them with official german post as insured and registered air mail. This
is trackable and takes around 5 buisness days to get to you.
I think the best way to go on now will be a
particular payment with paypal of 150Euros at first and I will send the pens
after that. When the pens are there, you can pay the rest amount of 250Euros
later. This will be best, because both of us are on the safe.
As said, I'm a member of the british "Writing
Equipment Society" and if you need, you can ask the secretary Charles
Whitehead (cobandpens) at first if there are any doubts in point of my serios
My Paypal ID is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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