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  1. My May 1929 bible of Scotland Yard identifies 'A' Department was for Administration. A3 covered Promotions & Transfers, Pay Rates, Ceremonials, Special Duties, Medical & Sick, Police Orders. Previously called the Executive Branch A3 was mainly clerical duties, but also included Constables attached to Scotland Yard for special purpose such as motor drivers, and wireless operators. It also included the telegraph office. 

  2. Simon

    I have checked the issue you need to advertise in all three currencies but you can stipulate within the sale which payments you accept. You need to work out the currency price yourself based on current exchange rate. You can no longer just put ) for currencies you do not accept. My hands are tied with this as the software currently does not currently allow me to change it. i will update the FAQ


  3. Sales have to be be advertised in the following currency types: 

    GBP £

    US $

    EUR €

    As this is an international forum you need to fill out all three currency boxes using the exchange rate you will accept. If you only accept one of the currency types as payement you still need to fill out all the currency boxes but stipulate clearly within the sale text which currencies you accept for payment.  The seller needs to establish exchange rates acceptable to them if selling in more than one currency and give a sale price for each currency advertised.


  4. What are the rules for sale?

    Items Permitted for Sale: All collectibles, medals, orders, documentation, photographs, uniform, equipment and reference material associated with Military Collecting is acceptable for Sale. Stolen goods, firearms (including deactivated), ammunition, explosives, racist propaganda literature (i.e. Der Stürmer), hate organisation and neo nazi memorabilia (i.e. KKK, National Front), items directly attributed to the holocaust (i.e. Concentration Camp material), and pornography are NOT permitted to be advertised or sold through GMIC, whether through public advertisement or private sale through the Messaging system. Inert/spent ammunition and ordnance is acceptable for sale. Swords, Knives and Bayonets should STRICTLY only be sold to members over the age of 21 and are restricted to items of historical military interest only. Modern combat knives, zombie knives, bayonets, hunting knives, urban shivs and killing blades are not permitted to be sold on GMIC. 

    Contract of Sale: The arrangement of sales and auctions is a private contract between all parties. GMIC is only a selling medium for members, it is not responsible for any items sold or advertised for sale and is not responsible  for mediating between parties if a conflict arises as a direct consequence of a sale. Members are reminded that fixed price sales are an agreement between the buyer and seller. Sellers should always try and facilitate returns within a reasonable period, especially if there is good reason which supports the buyers concern over any item sold.

    Representation of Goods: If members are found to be partly or wholly misrepresenting items for sale, or are knowingly selling items which are either fraudulent or made or intended to deceive, they will be have their selling privileges removed or membership terminated. If considered serious or criminal the details will be past on to local law enforcement authorities.

    Sales: When submitting items for sale members are asked to either upload an image or post a link to a clear detailed picture of the item(s) being sold. The advertisement should clearly indicate the price of the item. The item must be advertised in at least one currency type of either GBP £, US $, or EUR€. If a seller accepts more than one currency type then the price for each currency needs to be included in the item price. Any postal charges including where the seller will post to must also be included.  

    GMIC withholds the right to remove any items for sale without explanation.

  5. The problem with this as previously pointed out, is not so much the profit Weitze makes, it is how dealers artificially influence market prices. Any item is worth what the buyer wants to pay and high end pieces are always going to appeal to a certain market. Weitze is a business man, he wants to squeeze the biggest profit he can, he knows his customer base and obviously judged correctly what someone is willing to pay. This unfortunately just makes collecting become more and more unreachable with many high end pieces now far beyond the price the average collector can afford.

    This is the issue we face as a community, it is a shrinking hobby, becoming more and more exclusive. Many high end buyers being investors as opposed to true collectors. Sure your low end mass manufactured awards are still going to be affordable to most, with prices climbing at a much smaller margin, but their appeal becomes limited over time. You can only buy so many Iron Crosses, Purple Hearts or British War medals. So to keep expanding collections, looking for those rarer item requires deeper and deeper pockets.

    How many previous collectors do you know who are no longer collecting? Ask them why. A large proportion will be for financial reasons I can assure you. The last decade has seen this really hit home. Many specialist medal auctions are inhabited by dealers and investors, with collectors walking home disappointed and empty handed because prices are too demanding. I have seen time and time again good pieces being auctioned off for crazy prices appearing on dealers sites with an even higher price tag weeks or months later. The dealers need to buy stock and auctions is one of their largest suppliers. 

  6.  I have no objection to material being questioned by collectors if supported by a reasoned argument which is conducted in a civil and courteous  manner.

    However the arrogant and somewhat cavalier attitude of the original poster has undermined the worth of the topic and it has therefore been locked. 

  7. This topic is now locked. Although it would be easy for me to give the benefit of the doubt as to the motive for the post in the first place. I cannot help but feel that this has been posted to cause controversy.

    As rules and regulations are so often quoted : Rule 2:8

    Overtly political or religious viewpoints are not considered to be suitable material for publication on this forum other than in a historical military context. It is understood that at times topical news stories or current world conflicts or events may need to be discussed and are relevant to the collecting world. Such subjects can be by their nature be very emotive and lead to tension and disagreement amongst members. Such topics may only be discussed on the proviso that they do not intentionally or indirectly cross such boundaries and if inappropriate may be subject to moderation.

  8. I would suspect that it is a veterans group, but the individual decided to add a few extras.

    My father was at a memorial service a few months ago and he met someone who had a Queens Silver Jubilee medal in his group. He was immediately suspicious as the guy had similar service to him and he queried with him how he had a silver jubilee medal as it was only issued to very few. This guy although serving, like my father would not have been in the running for receiving the medal. He became a bit embarrassed and started bluffing about how all those serving in 1977 were entitled to the medal, but as only a few were issued you could now officially retrospectively get one etc etc. This of course was all rubbish and although it is not quite as Walter Mittyish as wearing campaign medals you are not entitled to, shows the thinking behind why someone might do it.

  9. I was lucky enough to attend a few years ago an evening with Gordon Corrigan who wrote Mud, Blood and Poppycock. He is quite a character and this comes across quite clearly in his writing. This book is a rather revisionist look at the Great War from a British Perspective.

    Some interesting but not particularly ground breaking facts are covered so the real student of WWI will not be in for any great surprises. But the way he delivers it, you will either love of hate. I know many who will really appreciate the ethos of this book and a few academics who will berate it.