It really is sad.
I was browsing GunBroker when up popped an auction for rare German paratrooper ammunition from WWII. I hadn’t heard of any German paratrooper ammunition and wanted to see it, so I looked at the photos.
It turned out to be US made 45 ACP ammunition with some of it not even manufactured during WWII.
I contacted the seller whose screen name was Fat Seal or something like that, and politely explained the ammunition wasn’t even German ammunition and he might want to change his description so as not to mislead potential buyers.
Big mistake. He didn’t like that at all. He proceeded to tell me he was a gunsmith and ex-navy and was qualified to know the difference and - I was who? He did admit though he knew it wasn’t German ammunition.
I then sent an email to GunBroker and explained the situation to them. To their credit, his auction was quickly changed to a more accurate description.
It is caveat emptor for the online ammunition auctions, but if I happen to spot an item that I know is deliberately misrepresented I will contact the seller and if that doesn’t go well - then GunBroker. If we know the difference, why should we allow someone who probably doesn’t know the difference to be ripped off?
I know the above is not for everyone, but I hate to see someone deliberately taken advantage of and just let it happen.