SAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2065 times:
Errors like this are relatively common. In the US, notes are checked by hand and those with faults are replaced with 'star' notes (ie the serial number ends with a star). Such a fault such as a minor paper fold would give a note a value of maybe $50 if it was in uncirculated condition, where as this one looks to be in Fine condition from the photo (ie very crumpled etc) so I don't think it would be worth much more than $20!
A major error - such as a note cut diagonally so that it shows parts of two or more notes, or where there is a significant fold, or where one side has not been printed at all etc would be worth considerably more.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2031 times:
I agree that this may be a legit printing error and the paper had a fold in it. Notice on the other side of the white line, the design starts where it left off on the other side. A piece of tape would've just covered part of the design. Of course a good Photoshop user could do anything to it. But regardless, the asking price is a bit absurd.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1976 times:
Oh, this is rich. It reminds me of several incidents involving currency exchange on the streets when I lived in Russia from 1992 to 1996. There were plenty of scammers on the streets who would attempt to provide people with currency exchange, but often, they were just crooks taking advantage of naive people. I fell victim to this scam once, here's how it goes: the guy who says he will exchange your dollars for roubles take you to a somewhat secluded area. You hand him your $10, $20, $50 bill; he takes it, and folds it in half, then folds that in half again, so the numbers are concealed (FYI, this is the first sign to anyone with any intelligence to grab their money back and run). This is supposedly to "verify its authenticity." Then while you are looking at the guy folding the bill, someone else runs into him, or you, or both of you, maybe shouts something about "trading hard currency on the street is illegal!" The "exchanger" hands you back the money he has so cleverly folded, and hurries away. Upon unfolding your bills, you discover they have magically transformed into $1 bills. When the "bumper" comes along and interferes, the "exchanger" takes the opportunity of distraction to perform the currency switch.
This moron is obviously trying to fool someone who is incredibly stupid into believing the $20 is indeed a rare item. For me, the folded, crumpled quality of the bill sends up a BIG red flag, and the country the seller lives in is proof enough for me that this is a huge scam. I've seen some outrageous things on e-bay, but this really takes the cake!
IHadAPheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6028 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1867 times:
I have just emailed Ebay's "SafeHarbor" (their fraud unit) about this item and have included info from price guides about the true value of this item from price guides along with the obvious photoshop work, they say I'll have an answer back in 36-48 hours
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