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Meteorite Identification on

EBAY

Caveat Emptor!

More meteorites are bought and sold on Ebay than anywhere else in the world. The meteorite hobby is growing exponentially with neophytes craving information and specimens. With meteorite prices at a low, meteorites are still expensive. How can you be sure that you are buying or selling a genuine meteorite? This web site is designed to help you distinguish between meteorites and meteor-wrongs.

TYPES OF EBAY METEORITE AUCTIONS

There are three Types of meteorite auctions on Ebay:
  1. Classified meteorites (examined and recorded falls or finds) such as Gibeon.
  2. NWA (North West Africa) meteorites which are either orphans (non-classified) or undergoing classification. (generally sold by dealers)
  3. Unclassified specimens originating from anywhere but North West Africa. (sold by persons unfamiliar with meteorites)

THE THIRD TYPE ARE NOT METEORITES!!!???

Type 3 auction specimens sometimes have mysterious or exciting descriptions. 'A professor said it was a meteorite' or 'grandpa said it destroyed an old barn when it fell' or 'it was purchased from an estate sale' or 'a neighbor or relative were eyewitnesses to it falling from the sky,' etc. The third type are generally NEVER meteorites but almost ALWAYS meteor-wrongs. I have been closely watching ebay the past two years and have yet to see an actual meteorite from this category up for auction. This however, is NOT surprising NOR does it reflect upon the HONESTY of the SELLERS.

HOW CAN THIS BE?

Carleton B. Moore the director of Arizona State University's Center for Meteorite Studies gets on average 700 specimens sent in for free test each year. Most are iron ore. "We're lucky if it's one (real meteorite) out of 1,000 (wrongs)" he said.
So you see it IS NOT SURPRISING that real meteorites do NOT show up on Type 3 auctions. People are simply inexperienced in recognizing meteorites. (only 1 in 1,000 are the real thing)

EBAY - METEORITE MARKET PLACE

Sellers of Type 3 have been told or believe their specimen is a meteorite. Thousands of meteorites are sold on Ebay each week. Thus, they conclude Ebay is the logical/easy place to sell their 'meteorite'. But is it?

THE FIRST STEP FOR SELLERS

Everyone wanting to sell their unclassified meteorite needs to read THIS, first. If you want top dollar for your meteorite, you must first have it classified in order to know what you have. If the specimen has not been tested by a meteorite expert or there is any doubt that it is not meteoritic, DO NOT HINT THAT IT MIGHT BE A METEORITE! For example if you saw an auction entitled, "Diamond Ring?" and read that the seller had found the ring but did not know if the diamond was genuine. What would one think about the auction? If "SCAM" was not your first thought then it should have been. The same with meteorites. True, meteorite verification is not as easy as diamond verification, but it is free. Many meteorite experts will gladly give you a free opinion. Just take your pick. If you don't do your homework you will surely be called in front of the class by the teacher. Experts from all over the world constantly examine Ebay's meteorite auctions. If your 'meteorite' is a meteor-wrong, you WILL get emails. Meteorite identification links.

THE FIRST STEP FOR BUYERS

If persons motivated enough to send off samples for testing are right only 1: 1000 times, how right are persons who are less motivated and are selling their specimen 'as-is' on Ebay? If you guess 1:10,000 you are probably low. Bidding on Type 3 Auctions is the SAME as throwing away your money. You may win the auction but you have NOT won a meteorite. However, to satisfy your curiosity and sharpen your identification skills there are some questions you could ask the Seller:
  1. Is the specimen attracted to a magnet hanging on a string? (99% of all meteorites are attracted)
  2. If the answer to the first question is positive, ask the Seller to do a simple streak test.
  3. If you are have not paid attention so far and are going to bid, ask about the guarantee. Classifying Institutions are swamped and it could take up to a year to get an answer. Does the guarantee have 'limits'?
Review: Don't bid Type 3 auctions!
To find the most reliable Sellers for Types 1 & 2 please read FAQ page
Meteorite identification links.

ACTUAL TYPE 3 AUCTIONS

With the sellers' kind permission, here are some actual auctions with good photos:
Test Yourself... Would you have recognized these as meteorwrongs? ( In many cases the seller informed the buyer of his honest mistake or canceled the auction or refunded monies. Most "wrongs" are now properly labeled to satisfy your curiosity.)

Description

Iron Meteorite - Flight Oriented & Mounting

Iron Meteorite - 2.4 pounds (1,091 grams). My wife found this under a bush on a mountain at the 8,000 ft level in Big Bear California, 1984. We were gold prospecting and I was digging & panning & metal detecting and she goes over to a bush and finds the damn thing. It has a flight orientation and has an interesting shape. I have drilled a hole in it (it wasn't easy) to mount it for display.




Seller performed streak test and found specimen was magnetite.




Description

Meteorite Found in South Carolina - 2 lbs!

The meteorite in question was seen falling and found in a field in central South Carolina on May 23, 2003. It is mainly black in color and contains a great percentage of iron. The density is relflective of the high iron content and is said to by typical of meteors found in the Asteroid Belt b/w Mars and Jupiter. The University of South Carolina has a small piece of it and the geology department is analzying its mineral composition, from most abundant to least abundant. Results may take of to two weeks, but upon initial inspection, this was deemed an extremely rare find and is "fairly valuable". If you have more questions, please feel free to email me and I'll provide you with as much information as I can. I expect to learn more when sample is analyzed thoroughly.




Tests results showed this was not a meteorite. (slag)




Description

Meteorite Campo Iron Gibeon Tektite Meteor NR

This auction is for a meteorite! ? ! I do not know ANYTHING about meteorites. I don't know Campo from Gibeon from Tektite from ...... All I know is where this one was found. Several years ago I quit my job, bought a motorhome and decided to go see America while I was young. So, I did. For several months I travelled the backroads and byways of the US. During my journeys I made a stop at The "Smokey The Bear" National Park in California. While there I befriended an older gentleman, probably in his late 80's. We talked for quite a while. He had some very interesting stories. After I had shown him a small collection of odds and ends I'd gathered during my travels, we said our good-byes and he got in his old pick-up truck and left. I decided to stay in the area and camp overnight. A while later the old man returned to the area, found me, and gave me a gift. The gift he gave me was this meteorite. He wanted me to add the meteorite to my collection of other odds and ends I'd gathered along my way. He told me exactly where he had found the meteorite many, many years earlier. He explained that it was exceptionally rare and was of high value. The meteorite came from the mountains near the Smokey The Bear Park in California. I eventually threw away all of my other Odds and Ends but decided to hang on to this meteorite. I've had it for several years now. After long consideration, I've decided to offer it for sale on EBAY. The meteorite measures about 3.75" at the widest point. The item weighs approximately 2 pounds and 13 ounces (290kg) The item is in an ALL ORIGINAL state. The item has not been cut or altered in any way. A magnet sticks to the item.




Most 'wongs' are iron ore. Magnetic attraction is important but does not 'prove' an item is meteoritic.




Description

Meteorite 264 gr.

This meteorite was found accidentally in the beginning of this year during testing a new reconnaissance equipment of third millenium. This unique stone was discover in the Rechitsa touw in Belarus, Europe. It was investigated in RTI laboratory. Research achieves that this stone is differ from the other ones. During researching a strange peculiarity was find out. This stone radiated incomprehensible energy. Unfortunately according to the Law of our country I can't to make more detale searching of this stone because if I give it in Geological Institute of Academy of Sciences for classification it will pass into the ownership of our State. I'd like this stone be bought by a person who grasp in meteorites very well. I also would like it to be classified and described. And if it will be named in honour of the city it was found I will be very happy.




Sorry, just an ordinary 'earth rock' with 'incomprehensible energy'.
It can almost pick up a REFRIGERATOR magnet! Amazing!




Description

Meteorite tek. found one room school yard TX

I found this "flat" meteorite or tektite with others in North Central Texas on grounds of an abandoned 1880's one-room schoolhouse.I am leaving it up to you figure out if it's a meteorite ot tektite. Walked up on the impact area of a meteorite/cosmic splash or fallout.The many pieces were strewn out in a line about 6 feet long.Over 20 pieces sitting high and dry on top of the limestone rock,hard clay surface.I picked all of them up and have stored in a Folger's coffee can with lid on for years. Piece shown measures 4.5 cm in length x 3 cm width.I have a pitiful gram scale but it reads 40 grams.It weighs all that.Thickness-1 gm thick side tapers to .50 cm.Can see residue of red clay dirt on surface. I also see the meteorite or tektite full of nodules some sort-many darker pebbly bumps look like goose bumps and also almost quartlike minerals in matrix of piece.I have no idea composition of meteorite/tek and have decided not to test it but am certain it's cosmic in origin from evidence of group fallout and their location down line from each oher.Many of these if you twist in sunlight will twinkle.I have no idea what's in there making that shine. Tiny,tiny sparkles.You should be able to decide upon bidding by the pics shown.Again,these are not tested or confirmed profesionally.I have seen meteorites/tektites on eBay and they look close enough.Nothing else around here I have ever seen native matches it at all.I can tell each piece has undegone many years of "stress" and high heat. Imagine the miles these pieces traveled and speed they impacted earth!This may be a tektite if the pebbly bumps are considered "glass".Please feel free to e-mail and educate me.I am in need. Thanks folks!




Not meteoritic.




Description

meteorite old woman 1700 grams?

you are bidding on a meteorite i found in the desert by the old woman mountains , i took this to the mohavie desert museum and was told it is most likely a part of the old woman meteorite they have the old woman meteorite on display at the museum and looking at it it does seam to look the same this is about 4 pounds or around 1700 grams and is 4 1/2 by 5 by 4 inches this is a very nice specimen for any collector or museum. i was told by the museum that specimens this size are very rare thats as much as i know except what they told me this would be worth. shipping 10.00 insurance extra. no refunds thanks for looking.




Seller wisely pulled auction for further testing. Probably slag. Stones (at bottom) looked placed (when in molten state) or poured over.




Description

large 204 gram METEORITE from Arizona

I have up for auction a piece of meteorite that I purchased from a man who told me he bought it when he was 8 years old. This was around 1952. The piece is 204 grams and is ferrous (a magnet will stick). I'm not sure what the white material is but it probably is a mineral. Unfortunately, he did not remember where he was in Arizona when he got the piece. It may have been near Flagstaff. It is about 2 3/4 inches long, 1 inch thick and 2 inches wide. No reserve.




Seller performed tile test. He now thinks it to be hematite.


Description

3-1/2 pound Meteorite found in Western US wow

This piece was acquired by us along with the story of finding this piece when out in the Western US. Supposedly was brought to someone claiming there are unidentified metals present. We ran a metal detector over it and didn't pick up much. It looks and feels the part of a meteorite. We know nothing about rocks or meteorites or whatever, so we will describe this the best we can and let the pictures tell the rest. Of course questions are expected and welcome. Like we said, it is about 3-1/2 pounds with many different bumps and curves on it. We broke a small chunk off to view the interior as you will see below. It is a very interesting piece. You be the judge on this one.




Non magnetic = non meteoritic (probably hematite)


Description

Meteorites, Falling Star Peices, or Cool Rocks?

You are bidding on meteorites or rocks/coral shown in picture. I'm not sure what type of rock or mineral or ? they are but they are really neat looking.They are black, greenish/blueish,yellow,red,and are different throughout the rocks.I brought them home washed off the sand and now you are looking at them.Good luck hope you enjoy.




Ordinary sea coral - Special thanks to meteorwrong spotter Dave Marsocci.


Description

METEOR METEORITE ?? ROCK LOOK!!!

This Auction is for a METEOR METEORITE ?? ROCK LOOK!!! This rock is covered with molten glass. May be from a crash landing. I am not sure of the origin of this very attractive Thinking stone. The dimensions are 2" x 1.75" x 1". I will also provide a 2.5" hand carved base to set this fine rock on. It is a great conversation piece or a unique paper weight.




As the auction says, "This rock is covered with molten glass." (No magnetic attraction)


Description

Meteorite Magnetic 40.6 Grams 29 Palms, CA

You are bidding on a magnetic Meteorite I found in the Mountains of 29 Palms, Calif. I can send more photos if you need them. This remote area is very difficult to get to and takes days of hiking to get there. Let the highest bidder win!




Nice magnetite specimen. Seller has several for sale.


Description

Meteorite for sale

This Meteorite has a bubbly molten look surface and is 5 by 5 cm and heavy. .




Remember this, because it is definitely NOT a meteorite!


Description

UNUSUAL ROCK...METEORITE?

I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ROCKS. THIS CAME FROM A PROFESSORS OFFICE THAT TAUGHT SCIENCE. DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS, DON'T CARE. YOU BUY IT IS YOURS TO KEEP FOREVER. DON'T SEND IT BACK, WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT. MANY PRETTY COLORS IN IT. MEASURES 2 BY 2 INCHES. IT FEELS HEAVY..DON'T ASK ME TO WEIGH IT...AN'T GOT NO SCALE. ANYWAY HAVE FUN LOOKING AT THE PICTURES. SHIP & HAND FOR THIS ITEM IN THE USA IS 3.20. WILL NOT SHIP TO OUTER SPACE.




Peacock ore? - Pretty, but terrestrial rock;
2nd pict. Anytime you see quartz - it is NOT meteoritic Note: Some rare specimens have very small crystals that require magnification.



Description

LARGE METEORITE ?????? PLEASE TAKE A LOOK


THIS POSSIBLE METEORITE WAS FOUND IN THE WOODS APPROXIMATLEY 50 YEARS AGO. IT HAS BEEN IN THE BASEMENT OF MY HOME EVER SINCE. IT WEIGHS ABOUT 4 AND 3/4 POUNDS AND THE CIRCUMFERENCE IS 19". IT HAS WHAT APPEARS TO BE SOME RUST COLORATION ON THE OUTSIDE. IF IT IS NOT AN ACTUAL METEORITE, IT SURE LOOKS LIKE ONE AND WOULD MAKE A GREAT CONVERSATION PIECE AS A DESK ORNAMINT OR DOOR STOP. BUYER PAYS ACTUAL SHIPPING CHARGES.









Non-magnetic slag - Not a meteorite!




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Easy when you KNOW they are meteorwrongs!


NOTE: Again I wish to thank the sellers for letting me use their pictures and descriptions. I truly believe that their motives were pure.


















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