I was shocked and amazed to find the following ad in the prestigeous "Toscano Design" catalog. These folks are know for their great selection of garden gargoyles, Scottish sword reproductions and exotic repro-retro home office goodies. My guess is that their "buyer" scored these and thought this would make a great addition to their wares. At least they do acknowledge the fact that they are "refurbished," but referring to them as "Authentic Antiques" is a stretch at least.
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Item No: ST-1000
Price: US $435.00 (US $18.95 S & H)
Design Toscano, Inc.In fairness to Design Toscano, I did make them aware of the "Crap-O-Phone" phenomenon, and they sent me the following:
17 East Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Subject: Design Toscano Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 11:19:43 -0600 To: email@example.com Dear Mr. Frederick: Thank you for giving us more information regarding the gramophone. We have since investigated our suppliers. We found, to our amaze- ment, that all of the information you have supplied us with is correct. We will be changing the text in our catalog to reflect that the item is a replica, not the original piece. I have also contacted our supplier so that he may also be informed that this is not an original piece. As I look through other catalogs in my industry, many of my competitors are also being given incorrect information. What I plan to do is drop the price of the item, and change the copy to reflect what the product actually is. Again, thank you for the information. If you have any other feedback, please feel free to write. Sincerely, Mike Stopka Design Toscano
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