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Old 06-04-2008, 04:32 PM
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there is that old saying " i dont know much about art, but i know what i like". I have always wanted to buy a piece of art at the auctions on board, until i read this
http://www.dba-oracle.com/t_cruise_a...scam_fraud.htm

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Old 06-04-2008, 05:03 PM
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I've never liked the art auctions on cruise ships. I wish they would go away, but they won't. About all they are good for is some free champagne. The endless hype and space they take up really gets on my nerves.

I'd never buy anything from them and my advice is to avoid them (unless you want a couple glasses of the bubbly).
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there is that old saying " i dont know much about art, but i know what i like". I have always wanted to buy a piece of art at the auctions on board, until i read this
http://www.dba-oracle.com/t_cruise_a...scam_fraud.htm

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I usually visit the art auctions to get a glass of champagne, but would never consider purchasing anything on the ship. If you find something you like for $20- great. But who would ever consider purchasing something without getting more information about it. The articles you referenced were a real eye-opener.
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:59 AM
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We went to one art auction. It was an eye opener watching people buy $20K worth of art. I'm no expert but even I was questioning why something that had so many copies of could be worth so much. I don't go anymore, I don't need a glass of champagne that badly.

The article makes it very clear that my concerns were justified. IAnd its not just art, but many of the other things you think of buying while on a cruise (on or off ship) So many times we have looked at something and thought - wow that must be a cheap price, we should get it now, only to hold off and find it online so much cheaper when we get back home.

If there is something you think you shouldn't pass up, go to the ship's internet cafe and search for it online and get a price. Then you will know how much you would be truly saving.
It is worth the cost of the internet usage to save yourself.
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If there is something you think you shouldn't pass up, go to the ship's internet cafe and search for it online and get a price.
That's a great idea. I'm always reluctant to buy anything on the ship, or even in a port, unless I'm very familiar with the type of item, and have a good idea what that very item would sell for at home. If it's something on the ship, when one has access to the internet, it's a great idea to check it out.

I know of a couple who bought art at a ship's art auction. It came with a Certificate of Authenticity. They went to an art dealer at home to have it framed, and it turns out they were the ones who were framed.

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it turns out they were the ones who were framed.
ZING! nice play on words


I dunno - If rich people who have too much money are too dumb to do a little research before buying something with a $20k pricetag, I say let 'em. That's a source of revenue for the cruiseline, which helps keep other costs down for the rest of us.

But I do feel bad for the "average joe" who maybe spent a reasonable amount, only to get home and find out they were taken.
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