The Internet has revolutionized
collecting, and it has become a major source for militaria collectors
allowing them to view the offerings of sellers from around the world.
each item is identified and described by the seller, it is imperative
that buyers be knowledgeable in their collecting area. Relying on the
seller's identification can be risky. "Let the buyer beware" should
be the motto of every internet auction participant.
Here are some examples of misidentified mountain items seen over time
on the web. They illustrate the challenges of internet auctions
and serve as lessons on
what to watch
for and what to avoid. The
faulty listings are most likely a result of the seller's lack
of familiarity with mountain troop clothing and equipment, but it
can still mislead the less experienced collector. In
most cases these items were sold. One can only hope the buyer purchased
item because he knew what it really was.