Today I went to bring my scrap gold and silver to my friend for melting. He also gets vintage costume jewelry in bulk and I go through it once or twice a week and buy what I want. I got a lot today and filled up a box. I know much, much more about vintage jewelry than my friend does, so I help him too. If I find something expensive (vintage costume jewelry is sometimes more expensive than 14k) in his boxes that he is still going through because it just came in, then I help him identify it. He sells what he thinks is worth a lot on ebay. But since he is not that educated in vintage costume, he lets a lot of excellent items go into the sale boxes that shouldn't. I tried to tell him a million times not to sell such and such for a dollar and to get it out of the dollar sale boxes, but he always says "If it's there, I don't want it." Fine. I tried. Okay. So today he just got in a big batch and he was going through it at his desk. He had not put it out yet. I was going through his sale boxes, and every two minutes I hear "redrubies, what is this?", "Is this one good?" etc One of the things I stopped dead in my tracks for. It is a very rare piece that is worth about $4,000. I told him all about it, including the history. I wrote it all down so he would remember. I told him to include all that in his ebay auction. Important to add in...he does not want anyone to know what his ebay account is. He feels like it's not right for someone to bring something in thinking that he will scrap it (gold, not costume), and he sells it on ebay. I don't have a problem with it and wouldn't be mad, but I guess some people would. But it's his personal rule, so I don't judge. I go on my merry way and get home to find an email from him thanking me and telling me that he just put it on ebay. I stalk ebay and find what he put up. He put it up for under ten dollars with the stupidest description I ever did see. NOTHING in there that I wrote down. No history, no signature, no time period, nothing. It was as stupid as "This is a necklace with birds on it. It's 18" long." I made that up because I don't want anyone looking for it on ebay. Now my dilemma. I want that piece of jewelry. Badly. I obviously can't buy it on ebay because if I buy it for cheap, he is going to think that I am taking advantage of him. He knows I know how much it's worth. It is not going to sell on ebay for 4k or anywhere near it because of his half ass backwards description. I don't know if I should tell him that I stalked ebay to find him because he doesn't want anyone to know what his ebay account is. My friend said that she would buy it on ebay but that seems sneaky and like I backstabbed my friend. Or no? I don't know. What should I do?