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someone has access to the moulds there???????
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This entire topic is intriguing (fix my spelling, Sandra <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ /> ) to say the least.
Ok…here's the thing…Prototypes are just that…Prototypes. They can be anything from Drawings on a napkin to Mock-Ups done using Play-Doh. From there they go to “Samples” and from there, the Powers-That-Be decide whether or not to continue working on them and selling them. They can also choose to discard the IDEA for the time being, holding the solid for later design and improvement, or just cancel the entire solid.
Look under the topic headings and see Prototypes (Misc. Photos.) A member has a Solid listed as a Prototype. It's definitely not. It's a Sample that never got past the Board at EL. Someone managed to get it and our member probably paid a fortune for a Sample, thinking it was a Prototype. (Regardless, I think it's beautiful…shame on EL for not producing it. Lots of guys collect!)
Bottom line…the employees who were dismissed were either given the chance to purchase the unfinished solids (chunks of pewter), pocket them, or quietly walk away with the original Samples. Where they are now made is moot. Be it Canada, Paris or China, the same thing will continue to happen…and the same sellers will continue to find them. They have contacts we never dream of…a few dollars in the palm of a hungry ex-employee who has no job means a lot, and there are Sellers out there who realize this and take advantage of the “opportunity.”
This is a very sad state of affairs…I feel so sorry for those that have fallen for the Prototype line..and paid dearly for them.
Sandra – Am not sure whether the Harrods solids are made in Canada or Paris, but am sure their employees have the same opportunities to get their hands on Samples whenever they can. Am also sure they have the same “Contacts” from the US that are scarfing up the Samples and selling them as Prototypes. This is why they are Empty.
What I DO NOT UNDERSTAND is: Why is EL not jumping all over the Sellers who are putting these pieces on eBay? Why are they allowing this to go on…and obviously it is going to get worse, until the last of the “fraudulent” or “five finger discounted” pieces are gone. (Five Finger Discount = Stolen.)
So…Sellers of “Prototypes”….change your listings to “Samples” or “Unfinished Chunks of Pewter.” At least we will know what is being sold. A drawing on a napkin works for me…I have one by Andrew Wyeth (a painting…not a solid)…he was having breakfast at a little diner in Chadds Ford, PA. I sat down at the counter for a cup of coffee, not knowing it was him, and saw him doodling on a napkin. I told him “that's really nice…you could be an artist.” He just said…”I try.” Very nice man. He gave me the napkin (prototype,) told me to keep the napkin in a safe place and visit a museum. Obviously, it's now framed. And yes, the actual, completed work is now hanging in the Museum in Chadds Ford…but I have the original Prototype! <img src='style_emoticons//tongue.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’tongue.gif’ />
That's it from me for today…
Take care, all. It's a jungle out there…just like the Dark, Spooky Forest. <img src='style_emoticons//ph34r.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’ph34r.gif’ />