I question the initial letter to the editor. To begin ... if you were "testing the integrity" of an auction house it is not clear that you would sell off something for 1/10 of it's value to make your point. Secondly, it the auction value was whatever it sugests that it is the value AT THAT TIME. Folks who frequent these auctions do do their homework, there are rarely "bargins".Guns & Ammo Article – FAKE NEWS!
Recently Guns & Ammo magazine ran a letter to the editor which was very cleverly written. It is a wonderful fictional tale of a John Skibinski of Kingman, Arizona, about consigning a Mexican engraved Luger to a company who sold it for $700 and then it later turned up on Gun Broker for $7000; a shocking disparity in value to say the least! He mentions owning the gun for many years, holding it as part of his retirement, and thankfully he shows a picture of this very unique Luger pistol. Mr. Skibinski writes that he has heard of things going wrong at auctions so he decided to “test the honesty of a company near Manchester NH”. The clever part is that the letter stops short of naming the company, but mentions the “first class and beautiful catalog” and that the firm implored the writer to “trust us”. Interestingly, we advertise that our catalogs are among the finest, if not the finest, in the industry. We also advertise that we are the most trusted company in the gun auction business. Now oddly, there ARE no other gun auction houses “near Manchester, NH”, and what a coincidence that terminology used by us in our advertising was used nearly verbatim in the letter to the editor. Friends, it is all fake news.
Now for the non-fiction….
Amoskeag has never taken a consignment from or ever done any business with any John Skibinski.
Amoskeag has never had the pistol in question in our inventory, have never sold the pistol or even laid eyes on it in person
How do we know for a certainty that we never sold this pistol? We did a quick Google image search for “Mexican Engraved Luger” and the very first image found is the very same gun pictured in the Guns & Ammo letter. As it turns out....the pistol did sell at auction…by a company that is nowhere near Manchester NH, but is actually “near Rock Island Illinois”. That company sold the gun on June 27, 2010 and it is serial #3850l. This is a custom engraved Luger with very distinctive grips and engraving work. It is not only the exact same gun that appeared in the other company’s catalog, we studied the lighting and shadows closely and it is the exact image that was taken in their photography studio. We subsequently ran this serial number, and several different variations of it, through our catalog database and our Federal book and guess what? It has never been here.
So, to outline the falsehoods in this letter; we, who are about as near to Manchester N.H. as you can get, never sold the gun, we have never done business with John Skibinski, he did not own the gun for many years, we never told him to “trust us” and it never appeared in one of our catalogs. Also, we cannot find any Gunbroker listing for this gun through their “advanced search of completed items” or otherwise.
So this then leaves us asking ourselves......who would benefit from having a bogus letter to the editor published that slanders our company (especially in a national publication with a circulation of 365,009)? A competitor would benefit the most. Which company, we then thought, would employ such an unethical and dirty tactic to hurt a competitor? Yes, that’s what we thought too…
Clearly Guns & Ammo magazine does no vetting of their letters to the editor and apparently anyone can write a clever piece like this, slandering a company, and they will print it. We have reached out to the editors of Guns and Ammo on three separate occasions and they have not seen fit to contact us back. With the public trust of the media at an all-time low, one would think that the editors of a national publication with a circulation reported at 365,009 would be concerned that they published a slanderous “letter to the editor” that is filled with lies from beginning to end. Apparently, they are not concerned that they published such a piece of garbage. Guns & Ammo should be more careful with what they put in front of those 365,009 readers, but their lack of response to our inquiries seems to be in keeping with their irresponsible publishing.
Whole thing sounds like BS to me. I wrote to AmosKeage for the reference to the "letter". I am waiting.