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You Have Got To Be Kidding Me

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  • Started 1 year ago by cigrmaster
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  1. cigrmaster

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    I was just perusing ebay when I stumbled on this pipe.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/CHARMING-WORK-OF-ART-SMOOTH-ANGEL-SMOKING-PIPE-KIT-BY-AMERICAN-MASTER-BENDER/272972585883?hash=item3f8e6f1b9b:g:lEQAAOSwWntXM7Vl

    Who would buy something like that? I read the blurb on the maker and it is a hell of a story. If you look at what else this seller has listed, there are many more of these crazy looking pipes. I have never seen anyone on any of the pipe sites I have been on over the years buy anything like this. Does anyone know of someone who buys stuff like this?

    Harris
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  2. johnbarleycorn

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    That is quite ridiculous.

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    If it sells there has to be a market.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
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    Since the stratospheric price seems to relate in some way to the wood carving, I would evaluate the price on the basis of that, which to my eye is creative but mediocre. As a pipe to smoke, this looks entirely bothersome. This seems targeted to a buyer with more money than sense or taste. But perhaps there is some aspect I am missing?

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    I like the fact that there's a rebate and the shipping is free, no such luck for a Dunhill estate birthday pipe! But who would buy such a pipe and for this price?

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    I dunno.

    That seller obviously totes a large sack or, at least, a wicked sense of humor.

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    That seller obviously totes a large sack

    Found it!

    Sorry Harris, had to.

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    Ahhhh, the Prairie Oyster shape!

    Dot
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    I haven't got to pick at Harris for a while. The mischief took over.

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    I definitely want to and should respect the carver, but this piece of "charming work of art" also has the ability to immediately induce contraction of abdominal muscles responsible for me to laugh out real loud.

    My first impression of this piece (at the very first glance before making clear of its declared title) is:
    this is a Halloween theme pipe.
    A witch with a witch-style hat, holding a big pumpkin, carved out, or a pumpkin box, all dressed in orange color, asking "Trick or treat?" And somehow is that a wing-costume behind it? Oops... is this kid / teenage statue naked??
    And that must be from someone who takes Halloween real seriously - at $3000+ asking price.

    After reading the title of this pipe, I kind of think I am all mistaken - I have to convince myself about how I should interpret this piece of art.

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  11. sablebrush52

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    That's a butt ugly pipe. Sometimes a lot of work results in an ugly baby. The carving is not without skill, but it's not of a very high level. As for the other pipes on display, there's nothing there that would tempt me, especially at the prices quoted for unknown carvers. Call them "master" or "genius" all you want. None of that busy work translates into a better smoke.

    If my focus was collecting tiny sculptures made as working smoking pipes, I might have a different view. But the market for such items would be a huge question mark for me. As investments they would be pretty useless. As sculptures they're not all that interesting. Still, you never know. Someone is probably buying this stuff. It just won't be me.

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    Your irritation at the price is a guerrilla marketing technique to drive clicks for a pot pipe that can probably bought with a very low offer.

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    I threw a $1 offer at it. Awaiting reply......

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    Maybe if you are a bum and you have something to sell of dubious quality you list it on eBay along with other such items and ask a very high price to so as to convince the buyer of its value? No more erotic than the nudes on meers, but I have to think that that is part of the pitch.

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    With all the CNC and 3D printing technologies, the craftsmanship of yesteryears, especially those that involve pipes are something no more to be seen.

    Here's an example of archangel:

    Here's an example of a pipe at the end of 19th century, made by master crafter from Austria, commissioned to depict the royal wedding of Queen Elizabeth's daughter princess Louise:

    Such a historical piece, sold at an auction house in London, at a price reachable by those who can buy a few thousand-dollars pipes - $50,000.

    If someone gifts me such a pipe, I will respond with anxiety and phobia: I definitely will be so curious to smoke it, and I am sure I will be so nervous to drop it with 99% chance during the process.

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    Looks like something you might find in a Guatemalan outdoor market next to a tourist trap.

    OTOH, it reminds me of the SNL skit, "C*** in a Box"!

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    I just noticed the wings! The woman's got everything.

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    Yeh, the acrylic stem was the deal killer for me.

    Michael
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    Um.... no.

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    @Menuhin: That royal wedding pipe is incredible!

    “Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin
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    @brian64

    FYI, I dag that up from Ben Rapoport's blog "The Tobacco Pipe Artistory"
    Ben Rapoport's bio on his Blog

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    Thanks Menuhin...a lot of very impressive meer carvings there. The Custer's last stand pipe alone was worth the look.

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    I was thinking along similar lines to jpmcwjr. I didn't see anything unusual about the pipe, thinking it looked like many pipes sold by street vendors to young teens.
    ...then I saw the price and this thread made more sense.

    POSSIBLY, contentment is not only the chief element of life, but also one of the very foundations of society. If this be so, then as Tobacco is the enemy of malice, friend of virtue, and a direct cause for content, its use should be encouraged. -J.W. Cundall 1901
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  24. mikethompson

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    Menuhin, that carving is simply incredible! Thanks for posting that! (Of course its Austrian too 8))

    as for the issue at hand, if the seller can get that, good for them. Something is worth as much as someone will pay for it.

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