Fakes that Fool the Experts :: Deep Thought Thursday

If a purported masterpiece fools even the experts, why is it worth less after it’s discovered to be a fake? It’s the same painting as it was the day before. Yet it’s worth millions less on the market. Is it fair?

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They did what with your postcards?!

You can’t control what people do with the marketing material you hand out, but you can control how you respond when someone does something shocking with your images. Before you assume anything, ask questions and get the facts. Only when you’re armed with answers can you respond appropriately. You’re aiming for a win/win situation.

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Gift certificate wording

Geri Dunn gift certificate

Artist Geri Dunn was stunned when someone purchased a gift certificate of hers at a silent auction and then wanted to either 1) redeem it for cash or 2) commission an original drawing for the amount on the certificate ($150). People really do ask/demand the darndest things!

Let’s look at the situation and start with the gift certificate itself, pictured here.

The small lettering on the bottom row consists of these three components.

The artist’s contact information–phone and email. The certificate number, expiration date (12/31/2010), and the words “Not redeemable for cash.” Having an expiration date is important! And the “not redeemable” phrase proved key when the recipient tried to cash it in. Geri was able to point to this language and quickly put an end to that discussion. The words “No Cash Value” could also be used or added. A place for the authorized

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