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Buying a Thai amulet that is authentic and blessed from an online website is a bit of a puzzle. How would you possibly know which Thai amulets are genuine and which are bogus? Can you really tell whether the amulet you are looking at on a Thai website is the real deal? Are there any tips you can follow to increase your chances of success?
Here are some tips you can use to help decipher whether the Thai amulet you are about to purchase is an original from a Theravada Buddhist temple in Thailand – or, a fake worth a couple of pennies because they are made and sold in tremendous bulk.
Thai Amulet Purchasing Tips – What Does Not Work:
- Photos. Not only can photos be faked, but, having lived here in Thailand for five years now I can tell you that when looking at amulets just a half inch from their surface with a jeweler’s loupe, it is often impossible for me to tell whether the amulet I am looking at is a copy or real. Photos are worthless when trying to assess the value of the amulet being represented.
- Materials the amulet is made from makes no difference at all in relation to whether or not it is a fake amulet. Gold, silver, brass, copper, bronze, clay, plastic, wood, stainless steel, tin, pewter, bone, ivory – I think I have seen amulets of every sort of material on the planet. Every one of them can be faked easily.
The problem is, faking Thai amulet authenticity is an easy and profitable feat. Very few experts can tell every fake amulet, so other criteria must be taken into account to assess a fraudulent claim of authenticity. Thee following are soft criteria that you can use as tips to help you decide whether the seller is authentic or not. These have more to do with getting to know the seller than any sort of truth analysis of the amulets he or she is selling.
- Does the Seller Reside in Thailand? The seller of authentic Thai amulets is almost certainly still living in Thailand. You can almost immediately weed out anyone not physically residing in Thailand at the present moment. If your amulets aren’t shipped from Thailand there is an even better chance you are not getting genuine articles.
- Does the seller of the amulets sell hype or does it appear that the seller is just listing the amulets so others might share in their beauty by purchasing them? Thai amulet sellers are often times in the business for a couple of simple and heartfelt reasons. The first reason is – they are Buddhist and want to share the amulets with other Buddhists all over the world. The amulets are not high priced – over $100 USD, and there are not outrageous claims about the magical powers of the amulets.
- Does the Seller Try to Sell You on Emotion? Meaning, does the Thai amulet seller try to get you very emotional about having to purchase this amulet to make you happy or realize a fortune of good luck? Hype in every form is usually contrary to how the good intentioned and genuine Buddhist amulet sellers present themselves.
There are many Thai amulets sold each day online. A very high percentage of these amulets are non-genuine amulets and generally worthless. I have found bronze and copper amulets for 4 cents each in bags of 500 pieces in Chinese stores in Thailand that I have later seen sell for $19.95 at Ebay. Are you buying four cent amulets for 500 times their worth too?
Find a Thai amulet seller that doesn’t sell using hype. Find one that physically resides in Thailand and that can take photos of an amulet you wish to purchase beside today’s Bangkok Post or The Nation newspaper to prove to you the amulet really exists. Order an inexpensive amulet or two as a test before spending more than a hundred dollars on a large order. Can they deliver? What is the quality of Thai amulet the seller sells?
Thai amulet fraud is rampant. Don’t get taken for your hard-earned cash. Use the link in the author’s signature paragraph to find our Thai amulet store and buy something small. See if the quality is what you require. Then purchase other amulets. This is a a great way to build a relationship with a Thai amulet seller that is selling 100% guaranteed authentic Buddhist amulets from Thailand.