Fuggy Trendy


It’s almost like Bobby Trendy’s stint of the mayor of Tacky McCrazyville has transformed him into something that’s not even human anymore, and because he’s no longer flesh and blood, but merely plastic and vinyl and what appears to be a great amount of ruched satin, his tackiness has turned the Fug Avenue corner and he’s now streaming up Trashtastic Boulevard on some kind of very, very gay float.

I mean, you sort of have to hand it to him: that outfit is SO COMPLETELY WRONG that it’s ALMOST hilariously right, sort of like Angelyne, or Dance 360.  The fluffy fluffy jacket, that might not quite be dead? The Don Ho Barbie shirt? The pants WITH HIS NAME ON THEM IN RHINESTONES? I’m torn between wanting to throw a drink in his face and then kiss him and wanting to run him down with my car.

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  1. JAX
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    the sparkly lips! for god sakes, the lips!! was he just blowing My Little Pony??

  2. Anna
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    If that flew in through my window, I would swat it.

  3. Ice Queen
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    When it comes to fug: Go Big Or Go Home.

  4. Bis Nation
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    “The Don Ho Barbie shirt” Funniest thing I’ve read in weeks.

    Also, has he appended pink and yellow feathers to the Don Ho Barbie shirt? Would that make it some kind of Don Ho, Barbie, Big Bird, Flamingo hybrid? What could you even name that ghastly disaster?

  5. MsHellion
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    Anna, that is one of the funniest comments I’ve read on here. It’s so very painfully true – he’s a pest.

  6. Jodi
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    Knobby Offendy. Hideous oh so so SO many levels.

  7. DrDan
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    It is a source of great personal pain that the only celebrity to ever hit on me is Bobby Trendy. Thankfully, I had plenty of thorazine on hand, and was thus able to keep my wits about me and run like hell. I’ve been too frightened to go back to the Village since.

  8. Jodi
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    Whoops. Insert “on” before “oh”. And then insert my fist in his face, and my foot … elsewhere. Thanks!

  9. lawgirl
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    I didn’t know who this guy was, so I looked him up and if you look at this outfit http://www.imdb.com/gallery/granitz/2639/Events/2639/BobbyTrend_Grani_3956265_400.jpg?path=pgallery&path_key=Trendy,%20Bobby, it seems like he really just works that one look …. like, hard ….

  10. annaham
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    Holy shit. It’s like an outfit from some insane anime gone totally crazy, topped by what looks like someone has vomitted fur all over it.

  11. Ellen
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    If he is in NYC, on Halloween night, in the Village, on 6th avenue, then this outfit is perfectly appropriate.

    Otherwise, no. No.

  12. Renfairewench
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    I thought Liberace’ was dead…

    Bobby Trendy… please god, let this be the end.

  13. SB
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    Is that really a coat or is he carrying some injured beloved pet around to his party?

  14. Ash
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    Okay, seriously. Not even the most flamboyant members of the gay community would buy into this. Football players by day, drag queens by night are subtle by comparison. Ugh. Please keep this out of direct lighting. Or lighting of any kind. And will someone PLEASE tell Bobby that Charo called for her shirt back?

    Great site, by the way :)

  15. deenie
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    Dude- Chewbacca’s gonna be pissed.

  16. AdamP
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    It looks like he had some spare material from the VH1 episode where he made Anna Nicole Smith’s hideous pink bed, and somehow came up with that blouse. Likewise, obviously he was enamoured of Anna Nicole’s dog, because he’s skinned at least 12 Shih Tzu’s to make that coat. As for the pants, what can be said about sequins that spell out your own name? Not “trendy”, ever. I knew there would be fall out from that BeDazzler infomercial back in 1997!

    To answer your dilemma Jessica, rhetorical though it may have been, you should first fling your drink in his face, then proceed to run him down with your car. Judging by his lips, you may get the herpes from kissing him. Remember to wear a short blonde wig so you can blame it on Jane Mancini though.

  17. cate
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    I am so sad that a yak had to die for that coat (wrap/shawl?), that some preteen is without her sparkly bonne bell for his lip gloss, that there is a mardi gras party somewhere in Missouri without streamers because of his corsage, and let’s not even get into how at least three rhinestone bushes had to be cut down for those pants – where does it end Bobby?

    And by “it”, of course, I mean “your fifteen minutes of fame” – seriously, make it stop

  18. BB
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    >Bobby Trendy’s stint of the mayor of Tacky McCrazyville

    You girls kill me. Hilarious!

  19. dp2.0
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    LOL!!

    Maybe his name is displayed in all of it’s sequinned glory down the side of his pants so that no one could mistake the fact that they belong to him… even though I think they’d have a hard time finding anyone else who could fit them.

    And I think it is so sad that he has hasn’t been able to find a doctor to who knows the correct procedure to dislogde that starving yeti from poor Bobby’s back… I think the yeti got it’s teeth stuck in the mystery fabric of the before mentioned “Don Ho Barbie shirt”.

    His lipstick is so glossy that he would be the perfect companion to help you fend your way through the Holland Tunnel (or insert cavernous urban underground passageway of your choice) if the lights happened to go out, you know…

    He must own stock in some hair gel company… notice how it’s spiked up so stiffly and sharply, that you could probably bend him over and use his head to scrub those stubborn food stains off of your big cooking pots.

    …but you know I’d never say any of this to Bobby’s face… just look at those boots! Would you want to get kicked with those things? I thought not…

    http://blissfullyclueless.blogspot.com/

  20. Kim
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    “Remember to wear a short blonde wig so you can blame it on Jane Mancini though.”

    AdamP, let’s get married.

    Please, please let the other leg of those pants say “Trendy”…

  21. blackbird
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    I vote for choice number two, the one involving your car.

  22. dp2.0
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    I’m wondering (yes, somebody slap me!) what the other side of his pants say… I’m thinking that he’s got “TRENDY” illuminating the other leg… ACK!!

  23. Texasexile
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    Well, if he is no longer flesh and blood and is, in fact plastic and vinyl . . . .anybody got a match? Preferably the long ones used for the fireplace – don’t wanna get too close that much fug has got to be toxic. I am pretty sure he will melt faster than a cheap polyester leisure suit.

  24. akadrenalinegirl
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    oh no! I need a Depends! This is totally what flamingo vomit would look like! This is the ultimate fug ever!

  25. AZZA
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    I can’t believe that you brought up Dance 360. You rock!

  26. Ibis Lynn
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    It appears, according to the pic that LawGirl posted, that the other leg of those pants does indeed say Trendy.

    Wow… Just, wow.

  27. K
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    I actually saw some interior design work he did on Mandy Moore’s house. It was really pretty. I never watched Anna Nicole, but I have a feeling her house ended up looking like his outfit. The good MM design was probably a fluke.

  28. Gwen
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    “Would that make it some kind of Don Ho, Barbie, Big Bird, Flamingo hybrid? What could you even name that ghastly disaster?”

    Bis, I’d name it Big Flaming Bar Ho….which seems upsettingly appropriate…I know many a drag queen that would toss her cosmo right in his face.

  29. Miss Underpants
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    reminds me of the time my cat coughed up a hairball on my satin sheets.

  30. brian w
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    Is it just me, or does he only own one pair of shoes? Every picture I’ve ever seen of him features those same Herman Munster platform monstrosities. Ugh.

  31. CrankyBiscuit
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    A dozen shetland sheepdogs are now thinking, “I died for THIS?!”

  32. Jules
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    Is that an entire tube of lipgloss on his lips (and around his whole mouth) or did he just have his way with a bucket of fried chicken?

  33. Mazarin
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    Looks like someone let Paris have her Bedazzler back, and since everything else she owns is covered in “crystals,” she thought she’d do her friends a favor and work out her Bedazzler-addiction on his pants.

    There are no words for the shirt.

    Gwen, I’m totally going with “big flaming bar ho.” It seems to work for whatever fug he’s managed to cook up for himself.

  34. Steph
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    He just needs to go away…

  35. blackirish
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    If this is what Paula Abdul had smacked into on her hit and run,girlfriend would so deserve to be my American Idol.Damn! Bobby Untrendy, we are SO not turning the shot clock back on your fifteen minutes. It’s as if a gay Grizzly Adams decided to come out, joined the cast of the movie sequel to “Showgirls”,then got a second job as a “Solid Gold-Big Island Style” dancer. My eyes!!MY EYES!!!

  36. drmack'n
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    I love that he added what looks to be the Beyonce chandelier necklace becuase the outfit by itself wasn’t *quite* enough.

  37. RR
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    In what universe is this guy ever “Trendy”

  38. Mer
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    And why is he wearing a string of jingle bells as a necklace? Or is that the collar that the sheepdog was wearing when he skinned it? Either way, thank god someone put a bell on him so can at least hear him coming and RUN AWAY…

  39. bis nation
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    “Bis, I’d name it Big Flaming Bar Ho….which seems upsettingly appropriate…” Thanks for answering my question, which yes, the answer is, as you say, upsettingly appropriate.

    Interestingly enough, Big Flaming Bar Ho is now the name of my next punk band. Can I call dibs?

  40. Trance
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    OK. I can totally explain this. You know when you’re five? And you have Barbies? And you take your Ken doll (who ALSO has plastic hair), and you dress him up in your Barbies satiny, shiny, dressy, crazy clothes because it’s really fun? And maybe you also mix and match clothes from your Donny and Marie Osmond dolls, too, because they have really outrageous satiny sparkly stage clothes? And maybe you’ve created something incredibly tacky and drag-queeny, but you don’t care because hey, You’re Five, and it doesn’t matter?

    This is what happened. Bobby Trendy’s Stylist Is Five.

  41. juni moon
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    yes,Renfairewench, Liberace is dead, and Bobby Trendy has obviously found some way to channel him. Someone take the Ouija board away from Bobby.

    Guys like this always make me want to imagine dumping them off at a marine boot camp, just for grins.

  42. AdamP
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    The scariest part is, when I first saw this pic, I thought, “Gee, Bai Ling is sure dressed well today!”

  43. suzie
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    He’s about an hour past his 15 minutes, no?

  44. Kim
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    I’m bedazzled! Ack! My eyes. Another reason to damn reality television for shoving people like him into the spotlight.

  45. cshiley
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    I looked him up on daily celeb. And I found old pictures. Of that shirt. With pants made from the same material. They’re kind of capris, with lace trim. And flipflops. And a pink cowboy hat.

    The amazing thing about those pictures is that he’s outfugged by the very special woman standing next to him.

  46. Brit
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    Hey Fug girls,

    You forgot The Lip Gloss. Oh, and The Platforms. And even though I got shit for this the last time we fugged Bobby Trendy, I’m gonna say it again: at least his hair isn’t blonde.

  47. Andrea R
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    Even my 12-year-old looked at the pic and said, “Oh, honey, NO!”

  48. Lindsey
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    Do you think that’s genuine Muppet skin?

  49. Thlayli
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    Liberace was never into colors like this, IIRC. He was more the white-with-bling type.

    This is Liberace on acid.

  50. Grant
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    What’s even sadder is that he wore that exact same pair of pants on another picture of him waaaaay back in the Fug archives. So thus, we have to suffer through them TWICE!

    He frightens me. Muchly. >.< I feel as if he owes well-dressed gay men and hot Fillipino guys everywhere an apology for tarnishing their good name. SIGH!

  51. Alice
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    two words…nice shoes

  52. mswas
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    reminds me of the time my cat coughed up a hairball on my satin sheets.

    I think your cat is at http://www.bobbytrendy.com , with its twin, wearing a collar.

  53. MissDirected
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    Bis Nation…

    “Would that make it some kind of Don Ho, Barbie, Big Bird, Flamingo hybrid? What could you even name that ghastly disaster?”

    That would be a Big FlamingHo Barbie.

    I’m just sayin.

  54. mswas
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    reminds me of the time my cat coughed up a hairball on my satin sheets.

    I think your cat is at http://www.bobbytrendy.com , with its twin, wearing a collar.

  55. mew
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    Do you think it says “Bobby Trendy” on his driver’s license?

  56. mswas
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    the double post was intentional – once for each cheetah on bobby trendy’s site

  57. Ajax
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    I should have put on my asbestos before looking at *that*!

  58. theboss
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    “mayor of Tacky McCrazyville.” I love this site so much–and Heather and Jessica, you lend credence to my life’s motto (which, of course, I stole from someone else) “if you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me.” Anytime, girls, anytime…

  59. miss kitty t
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    Those shoes were in style when I was a freshman in college- that was 1995. And not for nothing- they were pretty ugly then. But I’m short and they made me tower over everyone- maybe BT has a bit of a small dog complex?

  60. jennhi
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    “I feel as if he owes well-dressed gay men and hot Fillipino guys everywhere an apology for tarnishing their good name. SIGH!”

    Actually, I think he’s Vietnamese. ( reference here: http://www.wweek.com/story.php?story=3147 )

  61. AngryLittleLady
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    I thought his pants said BOOBY at first.

    Anyway, the whole thing is jus’lugzuriousss

  62. bis nation
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    “Bis Nation…

    “Would that make it some kind of Don Ho, Barbie, Big Bird, Flamingo hybrid? What could you even name that ghastly disaster?”

    That would be a Big FlamingHo Barbie.”

    Actually missdirected, we solved that upthread earlier. This look is now called, and will henceforth be known as “Big Flaming Bar Ho”. Let it be known through out the land…

    And also. “Do you think that’s genuine Muppet skin?” Between Him, Bridgette Nielson (in that God awful green thing that is some where in the archives) and the Fatter Davis Brother who wore what was essentially a fonzie bear coat (check the archives as well), all our muppets are dying off in droves…

  63. Texasexile
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    Bis Nation –

    Are you sure we can’t call it BigFlamingHairyHoBarbie?

  64. Midge
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    no …. no … but maybe that’s cos I’m English … but no …no that’s because … no … no

  65. elise
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    On his website, his “furniture” looks like the sutff in the window of the ghetto rent-to-own center down the street.
    Maybe he’s going for the “rent-to-own” look himself?

  66. Aurorasbored
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    There is also blush, which gives him the shiny sheen of a Precious Moments doll on a street corner.

  67. golfwidow
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    I want to ask his jacket, “What is it, girl? Is Timmy stuck in the well?”

  68. tanya
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    I was at this event. OMG, in person my eyes almost shattered.

  69. Tanya
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    If the fur had been like… giraffe, or even leopard, I’d be with you. But Collie? I have to go with run him down with your car.

  70. jodz2727
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    You can’t have da Mango!
    Schmack!

  71. special sauce
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    “Bobby Trendy’s Stylist Is Five.”

    And he’ll always be five. Damned if I don’t love a good Ellisonian reference in fugland.

    Egads, there just aren’t words enough to describe how truly wrong that outfit really is.

  72. gracie
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    The pants say “bobby” so you will remember the fact that he is a man, albeit one who regularly wears lip gloss, platform shoes, and ruched silk hot pink shirts.

  73. Gretchen
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    This is the man (or whatever) that thought to himself, “Anna Nicole? She’s a star! How wonderful for my career to be associated with her!”. (I am only assuming that he knows the big words if they start with ass.)Anywhore this is craptastic!
    He is obviously taking one for the team. His team. Not mine.

  74. Gretchen
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    Nice use of Lip Glass…..

  75. Gretchen
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    Nice use of Lip Glass…..

  76. Bis Nation
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    “Bis Nation –

    Are you sure we can’t call it BigFlamingHairyHoBarbie?” O.k. sure why not, but only because it’s you TexasExile. But part of me is always gonna love “Big Flaming Bar Ho”. It’s. Just. So. Fitting.

  77. bert
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    I really didn’t see that. I really didn’t. Oh holy crap Batman….let’s go to the bat cave maybe its not to late to rescue him…..from himself.

  78. elcynic
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    You know. I know have an answer to the question
    “Who shops at roostergear.com anyway?”

  79. BatistaGal
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    Good Lord. Right now in Memphis, a staffer at Graceland is getting chewed out for allowing the decorations in the Jungle Room to be used to make this atrocity.

  80. sjsb
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    I’m not entirely sure why Bobby always to attempt to create an entire outfit out of the throw pillows he steals from Hollywood Hills rubbage bins, but I’d love a moment of his time to find out.

  81. sjsb
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    I’m not entirely sure why Bobby always to attempt to create an entire outfit out of the throw pillows he steals from Hollywood Hills rubbage bins, but I’d love a moment of his time to find out.

  82. Jon
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    That has to be the most garish ensemble I’ve seen in a while. Wow. My vote is that he’s an alien. Any takers?

  83. carpedog
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    good lord! I didn’t notice his name on the pants until you mentioned it. AAGH!

  84. JupiterPluvius
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    Now, to me, Bobby Trendy doesn’t count, because he does it on purpose. It’s his job. He is the Ambassador of Fug. He’s the Hardest Fugging Man in Show Biz. He’s the FugMeister.

    That said, this is impressive even for him.

  85. pierre etoile
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    If someone handed William Hung in to Pimp My Ride, this is how he would come back.

  86. crablegs
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    I saw Dance 360 once while on vacation out of town, and have never been able to forget it. My retarded boyfriend immediately picked up about five abominable moves that he still regularly busts out to horrify me. We have never been able to find it again! What network, and when, is it on, does anyone know? I’m in New York City.

  87. starparticle
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    love love love dance 360 – tivo it everynight and watch it with a bowl of cereal in the morning for laughs. we have it on UPN late at night (like the 3 AM slot). check dance360.net , yo.

  88. adam johan
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    ARE YOU A GAY DANCER FROM THE LADY BOY SHOW IN BKK?
    YOU SO LOOK VERY GAY IN YOUR DRESSING SISI BOY

  89. KAYES
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    HI I AM KAYES FROM PENANG TALK.COM
    THAT LOOKS LIKE PHOTO OF ME TO MOST OF MY OVERSEAS FRIEND.VIDE PENANGTALK.COM
    WE DO LOOK ALIKE IN MANY WAY AND DRESSING
    LOVE UOU ALWAYS

  90. agnieszka
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    The lip gloss is blinding me.

  91. kojo
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    ugh! he gives us fags a bad name.

  92. mary jane
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    he needs a more subtle lip gloss. But then again, it goes with his outfit. Which is definitely not subtle.

  93. sara
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    i bought you guys those pants for christmas.

  94. Crablegs
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    Thank you Starparticle for the tip. I did the research, and determined that Dance 360 does not air in my area! I was in Cape Cod when I saw it, so I must have caught the Boston broadcast. This is so majorly LAME! And New Yorkers think they are the pinnacle of culture. Bah.

  95. sarah
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    you know, i think he puts on a wig and goes out as as bai ling. i’m positive they must be the same person. it’s his only opportunity to dress in a manner more trashy than as presented right now.

  96. Lida
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    “I want to ask his jacket, “What is it, girl? Is Timmy stuck in the well?” bwahahahaha!

    How could you not mention the Lip Glass?

    I LOVE Dance 360! It’s on my TiVo right now.

  97. NikDS
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    Those pants are so Ghetto Fabulous he ought to be in a cheese line.

  98. Adriane
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    I went to DailyCeleb and checked out the other pictures for that Rock & Republic fashion show, and I noticed that you Fug girls may have another Courtney Peldon on your hands…in the form of Phoebe Price (whoever she is…). You might want to look out for her, because the fashion I saw was at Code Red Fug Alert.

  99. t_man sam
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    Isn’t Bobby Trendy the new -’Gay’- character at Riverdale High???

    I just checked my latest ‘Betty and Veronica Digest’ -#535- and sure enough, Bobby has been introduced as Betty and Veronica’s helpful, bitchy fashion maven and
    shopping tart.
    All is swell and peachy keen in Riverdale until..
    …duh dunh duh!

    Betty and Ms. Lodge are disconsolate because Billy was voted this years ‘Swan Queen’ at Riverdale High!
    THE TEARS, THE FURY!

    Lets just say Moose is pissed! Reggie is making moon eyes at Bobby and well…..

    Well you will just have to get your own copy and read up on Bobby’s comic book hijinks in Riverdale!

    I wouldn’t want to give away the whole plot!

  100. Alexandra
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    I love him. love him love him love him for wearing that.

  101. Mari
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    I’m sorry, I can’t comment on this. My eyes hurt too much. I’m lucky I’ve typed this much so far.

  102. Bella Ozfemme
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    Spare the drink, just run him down with the car. He already resembles roadkill anyways…

  103. Jefferson
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    You just know that in his mind, he imagines he looks just like Paris on the red carpet.

  104. Mari
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    Someone give me the keys!

    I’ll run him over and put him out of his misery, quick!

  105. queenofattolia
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    Well, at least this fugging hasn’t caused some outraged troll to come to his defense, so I guess I’ll go it : “Bobby is beautiful and you’re all just jealous, fat pimply bitches who should take a look in the mirror sometime! You just wish you had his sylphlike thighs! Bobby rulez! He’s my Filipino love icon and muse! ”

    And so on.

  106. NicBoed
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    KOJO, at first glance I thought you had posted “he gives fug a bad name” – ala Bon Jovi. LOL.

    Yeah, CSHILEY, thanks to you I had to do the Daily Celeb thing to view that pic and oh, my lands, in the NAME of all that is sacred, the thing, er woman (?), standing next to him looks like something from one of the early, really BAD 60′s/early 70′s porn theme movies. “Sex Crazed Vixen Aliens from Planet Fug”. They’ll “suck” the life – and fug right out of you b/c they can’t get enough of EITHER.

  107. Michael van Lauesen
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    Some would claim that I am a genius, they maybe wrong. If they are right, you should side with me. When the revolution hits, you’re gonna want me around. Read the story of one angry Hungarian, one convicted felon who was featured on America’s Most Wanted, and a California Corporation of Crooks – who want to control the Internet and flood the market with fakes. Read the story that got me banned from eScam-Inc. for life.

    The Internet has become the latest in a series of fast track and highly innovative ways to buy and sell almost anything. The Internet auction is the most prominent way to sell online and charges sellers a fee to list items for auction on there website, if the item sells, another fee is generated, a point system was created to detail how the transaction was handled. The most publicized of these on line auctions is called eScam. Starting in 2003 eScam started a large television and print media blitz to advertise there online auctions. Many online auctions have literally opened the world to collectors and dealers and in the process it has become a venue that some individuals love and hate in equal measure. Many would recommend Internet auctions for its fast service and large selection of items, seemingly a buyer’s paradise. That is not to say, it is not without flaws, in fact rife with fraud and deception. Some sellers appear to be making a nice living offering an endless supply of reproductions as original items on the Internet.

    The reality is that you will find a similar state of affairs in all venues, some better and others much worst – other auctions, gun and militaria shows, and direct sales from dealers. eScam is not the worst of venues, it is simply the most visible and so too are its flaws. eScam has grown immensely and so has its censorship and violations of user’s nominal rights, ever increasing fee schedule and decreasing, deteriorating service.

    The eScam Internet collectibles auctions that I have encountered are controlled by several groups that are deliberately operating to defraud the public. Their premiere site is on eScam, why you may ask – it has the major buyer market share on the Internet and to the world. One American, who lives in Budapest with a lengthy criminal record for fraud, is responsible for making and distributing well over 25% of the copies that are currently being sold on the Internet and other auctions today.

    This convincing overseas con man further seems to be providing original Nazi badges, decorations, buckles, and other items and having them copied in Hungary. The copies are molded and have improper stamps or other markings, which seem to be impressed into the metal as opposed to the correct raised relief markings. The cast items lack many details, have large seams, casting marks, and cracks in the metal. They cleverly disguise some of these flaws with battery acid and other aging techniques, to create rust, tarnish, and corrosion.

    This is Neveda Smith by a German Tiger tank in a French museum. He will tell you it is for sale on eScam.

    According to the public record the Hungarian National Police have already investigated the copy king. A search warrant was obtained and he was arrested in Hungary and briefly detained for selling and shipping military ordnance (machine gun parts). The items in question were investigated at his home in Buda but nothing and he was released without being charged. Tragically theirs a loop hole in Hungarian law as long as the ammunition is inert, even though it has all the working parts, functional fuse, primer, shell, and projectile are intact, it’s not illegal in to own or posses those items in Hungary.

    The provider of many of the military ordnance items that Nevada Smith sells on the Internet are from a Dutch dealer. He supposedly sells his wares in the USA in the state of Virginia and then in the UK. He actually sells and lists his items from Holland and an advanced Austro-Hungarian collector fronts his payments in the state of Virginia. The Dutchman actually stores ordnance items at certain drop points in Belgium and the UK, where it is legal to hold such items. He then ships the items from these locations when he receives his payments from his Virginia drop point in the USA.

    An ordnance super group has been created with an odd assortment of characters. After several years of investigating it appears that advanced UK ordnance dealers and collectors are working with this group, one was a former police superintendent. The Brits travel to France and collect ground dug ordnance, post war German ordnance, apparently manufactured in Norway with war time shell casings but post war projectiles. One Englishman who lives in northern England is an an advanced grenade collector and has a large machine shop, puts the ground dug ordnance and grenades on a lathe, fills, fixes and repairs the items with epoxy and plaster and then sends the “restored” items to a well known eScam Brit seller of ordnance. The sellers major selling hook, “museum quality ordnance?” Other restored and fake ordnance items are sent to Nevada to be sold on eScam. The grenade king in the UK also manufactures WWI German grenades from various parts and rare British grenades. He sends these items to the major on-line Brit seller who auctions a large selection of fake and fantasy grenades to unsuspecting US buyers.

    Coments from the UK north country man on how he operates:

    “I’m not too bothered about the condition of the grenades, They are restorable, I’ll send you a pic later, You can see the condition for yourself, The important thing is that they are rare, I dont have one, So I’m happy with them, I’ve got people working at the office for me, At present. One of the 73′s (large round British anti-tank mine, looks like a large Thermos) is down there. First, I want an exact colour match to the paint on a pantone chart so that I can get some paint made to exactly the right colour, Second, I want the stencilling scanned and stencils made to exactly the same lettering, When all thats done, I can look at a full restoration knowing that it will be exact.”

    Shilling
    The shilling of prices plays a very important role in the eScam selling operation. It could work one of three ways, first you bid the price up against genuine bidders to see just how far they will go. After the auction the seller mails the low bidders to see if they are interested in buying at his infalted price as the top bidder has declined and can not pay or complete the auction.

    The second tactic that is employed is to have a friend email the loser of the auction and says, “I’ve got one of those, I was watching the auction and saw the price, I’ll sell you mine for less”. The seller gets his auction fee’s back, as the top bidder did not complete the transaction. The seller gains feedback points and a high sales track record.

    Third, you sell privately. You advertise the item for sale and use the old, “the last one sold on the Internet for routine.” I only want XX for mine, that way, they could sell the same item to everyone who replies. The buyers aren’t likely to get together to compare the privately offered item, no problems with the auction authorities and no recourse for the buyer, if he is dissatisfied. It’s an old con, working on someone’s greed, getting something rare and valuable for half the price.
    What I have also learned after several years is that to avoid the improved eScam fraud detection system many of the listed parties, their friends and cronies are sending scans or items for auction amongst themselves and then bidding on and up their own material. In this way they can control the bidding process more efficiently and have total control.

    The Austro-Hungarian Connection

    I was contacted in late 1999 by an advanced insignia collector from the east coast of the USA who claimed he found my eScam auctions by mistake? The specialist requested information on copies from Hungary. This advanced collectors main focus is airborne insignia and he influenced me to start investigating the Internet. It seems that many advanced collectors are behind the scenes supplying original and rare Austro-Hungarian medals, orders, and badges to be copied in Hungary. One lives in Budapest, one in Wein, several in Virginia, and another in Ohio. One Hungarian authority claims, “both of the Hungarian collections comprise the largest and most impressive array of Austro-Hungarian military badges in Europe and America”. Several advanced dealers sell WWI Imperial German and Austrian aviation badges, several are supposedly MAX certified. Another advanced Hungarian military collector is a Canadian national of Hungarian descent is acting as a courier for his colleagues, transporting original Austro-Hungarian items to be copied in Hungary. The courier also distributes the Hungarian copies internationally via second and third parties, on the Internet, and various web sites.

    According to a reputable source in Vancouver BC, who owns a collector reproduction business states, “he has his fingers into everything and used to run a militaria collectors store, he now owns a movie prop business and also sells knock off CD’s made in Hungary, even steroids and Marijuana. He has two or three cell phones and is always trying to make or put together a deal involving items that he has imported from Hungary.”

    Several sources of harassment had a PO box in Falls Church Virginia at the same post office. The Virginian had an Italian name and was connected to the navy, he was also connected to a large ordnance collection of WWI weapons and to one of the most advanced and respected collectors in Italy. All these forces help create copies from their collections, set up hundreds of selling and buying shills on the Internet and used this same system to harass me.

    Is eScam Safe, Like a Snake Pit

    eScam assures the public with their feedback program and safeharbor team the user will be treated fairly and action will be taken against any offender of the auction guidelines. This was not the case in my situation. I had observed over several months, a seller supposedly from Munich auctioning a gamut of Hungarian copies. I emailed the German sellers and asked directly if they knew the maker of the copy items, further whether they had purchased these items in Hungary. I never received a response from the German’s, however I did receive several emails from a Canadian, ten days after contacting the German sellers. The Canadian claimed, “I was selling very creative items on eScam.”

    Shortly after The Canadian’s mail I started to receive on line harassment against my Internet auctions. The harassment began with numerous bid interference operations via the eScam mail system, using their open email address and user IDs. One scheme was to place bids on my auctions and leave negative feedback, another involved a supposed “Antique Traders Guild” that emailed all my bidders stating I was guilty of mail fraud and under investigation by the FBI. Several spurious buyers who placed bids on my auctions then contacted all my prior bidders stating, “that I was a crook and ripping people off on the Internet.”

    Two of my buyers who were harassed reported the bid interference to the auction management directly. I also forwarded complaints from my buyers and demanded action, including a follow up complaint. eScam never responded regarding my complaints or any of my buyers complaints. eScam never took any action against the offenders of this constant on line harassment over a three year period. After I received threats of bodily injury and even death threats from this group, eScam claimed, “that this was private mail, if you feel threatened go to local law enforcement in your area.” As far as eScam was concerned, this gang of Internet trouble makers could act with virtual impunity.

    As soon as I listed an item to be auctioned that interfered with or competed with the copy groups material, usually German decorations, or any kind of ordnance item, immediate hate mail and aggressive bidding activity against my auctions took place. Then the copy group would list an item similar to mine or a copy item and knock my item in their auction description. The copy group would have their auctioned item bid up usually over double retail value of the auctioned item.

    One eScam power seller who is one of the copy rings main organizers, engaged in direct bid interference with one of my buyers on several auctions. The buyer had previously purchased a $500.00 item from the copy seller. He told my buyer, “he was keeping his money and sending the buyer nothing, because he was bidding on my auctions.” We both reported the auction interference to eScam. No response was ever received regarding our complaints from eScam and no action taken was ever taken against this seller.

    Corporate Integrity?

    Out of frustration with the eScam process and with no results with the auction management. I set out to obtain whatever satisfaction I could get. I decided to investigate this group and their dealings on and off the Internet. I spent hours going through all of the seller’s feedback and checking every transaction they had completed. I sent several messages to the bidders of the main instigator of the harassment campaign and the main copy distributor in the US. I was convinced further that these bidders were shills and or friends of the seller.

    I copied the supposed buyers on my entire research report. In less then 24 hours after writing the mail to the seller and his supposed buyers, eScam finally responded to me, but not regarding the hundreds of complaints that I had filed regarding harassment that was directed against my auctions. The auction authorities claimed they were banning me permanently from eScam for bid interference and scaring buyers off. What a joke!

    I learned five things from this experience, first: eScam will suspend members for violating its procedural rules (e.g., bid interference or non payment of fee’s) and then only in certain circumstances. Many decisions are made arbitrarily or seemingly on the whim or mood of the safeharbor team. Many auctions guidelines are to protect their corporation from even the slightest hint of a conflict or a law suit. However, not for selling copies, abuse or harassment – feedback, eScam believes, will take care of this problem.

    Second: I learned that I the victim had to do all of the detective work.

    Third: If the reported parties are “power sellers” and generating a lot of income via the ever increasing eScam fee system, they are not likely to take action and in my case, even suspend the victim who is not a big earner. Even if you can prove fraud or bid interference, eScam hestitates to take action and claims you have no proof. However, eScam still collects the fees!

    Fourth: The feedback system works towards the corporations goal of higher revenue by providing a point system. Both buyers and sellers are entranced with gaining points and lose sight of the objective of any auction, to gain a fair market value or higher on the auctioned item. If an auctioned item sells at the start price, even if the seller loses money on the auctioned item, the seller is still obligated to go through with the sale. The incentive is gaining positive feedback and another point from the buyer. Just like in the casino, where the odds are heavily in the casino’s favor. People who gamble are only losing or gaining chips not money. The occasional winner inspires even more people to lose.

    Fifth: I learned how misleading feedback can be…….. In fact almost all of the leading figures in this Internet fraud game, have almost perfect feedback.

    The Feedback Video Game: Not Worthless – But Almost

    eScam places great faith in its feedback system as a means of protecting its users, both buyers and sellers. I find this faith naive and self-serving. It is naive because while the feedback system may work well to alert bidders and sellers to individuals who renege on bids or on delivery of winnings, it fails miserably in those cases where copies and fakes are misrepresented as genuine. The reason for this is simple: individuals withhold feedback until receipt of payment or the item. If payment or item is not received, then feedback is available as a recourse. If the bidder is unhappy with what he has received, and if the seller allows him to return the item, then rarely will the bidder post any feedback, let alone negative feedback, even if the item was obviously misrepresented. If, on the other hand, the item meets the bidder’s expectations, positive feedback is usually posted soon after receipt of the auctioned item.

    It is clear from the many bogus and misrepresented items that bidders are buying that many bidders are not knowledgeable (else they would not have bid), and it may be weeks or months – perhaps years – long after they have posted glowingly positive feedback, before they learn that what they purchased is a copy, fake or forgery. By then feedback is no longer a recourse, because once feedback is posted, it is chiseled in stone: it may not be changed. It is for this reason that there are eScam sellers who, in my opinion, routinely misrepresent the items they sell whose feedback fails utterly to reflect this fact. This is why positive feedback can be misleading.

    However, negative feedback can also be misleading. The harassment group deliberately bid on my auctions with shill bidders and then placed negative feedback. They left the negative comments within days after the auction closed: the comments were not true and intentionally damaging. Some admitted in several open and hostile emails, that it was done to annoy, hinder and harass, in complete violation of eScam’s rules. I proceeded to the auctions safeharbor team, who never responded regarding my complaints. The majority of negative comments made on the feedback profile are merely retaliatory for non-payment of auctioned goods.

    It works like a video game, just like gambling, you hope to break the bank, and instead you go home with nothing, instead of money, its feedback points. Even if the auctioned item is selling far below market value you hope to gain feedback. eScam’s faith in the effectiveness of the feedback system is self-serving because it relieves eScam of having to deal with the problems it purports the feedback system to address. eScam ignores its stated guidelines as long as they can make a profit and from what I know, wants no part of disputes involving authenticity. While I can understand the auctions view to a degree – it would cost time and money (adding expert staff) to adjudicate such transactional disputes – I cannot agree with it because the feedback system as it now is structured leaves bidders with no effective recourse.

    The First Amendment Protects Opinions; Whether eScam Does Is Another Story

    As the British statesman Edmund Burke once said, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing….”

    When I first became aware of Internet auctions in 1999 eScam and their policies were fairly liberal and they were responsive to the general user in dealing with most situations. As eScam grew however and the French law suit against Yahoo Internet Auctions deepened to the US courts in early 2000, eScam began to change their polices. eScam decided to add and then change many rules and guidelines to suit. This limited what one could sell and say on eScam auctions. The “ME” page was set up to share your experiences on the auction web site; it included your most recent ten feedback comments. I told my story with great gusto, as I always wanted to be self employed. I decided to document some of the events of the harassment on my “ME” page, no contact or user ID’s were to published.

    I felt I could make my case via the auction system with the “ME”page, in particular recent negative feedback that the harassment gang had left for me. I documented the abuse a Canadian buyer had created with my eScam experience and mocked his user ID. After weeks of fighting with the auction administration, they agreed to remove the multiple negative feedbacks and suspended the buyer who posted the remarks. I then promptly withdrew my comments regarding the harassment from my “ME” page and resumed selling. eScam’s ever growing censorship will no longer allow this to happen. A new auction selling policy was established in May 2000, it began with a mandatory disclaimer, that you can’t sell any W.W.II German items to certain countries, and an Internet block to countries in western Europe.

    eScam made more drastic changes to what kind of military collectibles could be sold on their auction site. Starting in May 2001, no more Nazi related items could be listed on eScam. All Nazi related items were to be banned from the auction and the offending auctioned item would be removed immediately. At this same time eScam initiated a new privacy policy for users, seemingly to protect the dishonest.

    In May 2002, I updated my “ME” page and added a small paragraph regarding a group that created and made copies. Several weeks later, I added a sentence that mocked the copy kings name. At no time did I publish contact information or a real user ID. I added a disclaimer in parenthesizes, “the listed names or user IDs, weren’t their real names.”
    An immediate email arrived from eScam that stated, “immediate action is required, my comments had been noted and that they have recently become aware of a violation of the auction user agreement. I had to take down my comments about the copy group and the harassment, you need to change your ME page within 48 hours or eScam would take action on my account. Listing further that I had to edify my own account, and I was publicly publishing contact information and I must change my auction ME page due to privacy issues.” eScam then sent me another brief note and a link regarding a suggestion box for their auction site, that didn’t address any of my issues and seemed to be a pre-programmed, canned response. eScam threatened further action against my account, regarding the auction privacy guidelines.

    Under threat of being banned for life, I took down the mocking names. I wonder what privacy issues eScam was really worried about, was it the privacy to organize an international scam or to harass and hinder my every auction? I think it is more accurate to say, privacy for the auction to collect their ever growing fees that were being generated by the offended party. Their privacy rules favor the dishonest to continue operating dishonestly. Sure you can have a “ME” page on eScam and speak your mind, but only if it conforms to their ever changing rules, your comments are positive, agree with eScam’s thinking, and no one complains. In August 2002, eScam took down my “ME” page and claimed that I was misusing their system.

    eScam could care less about my rights or the barrage of harassment and abuse from the sellers of these fakes who used the Internet like a battering ram of psychological warfare against me. eScam is only concerned with their profit margin, it was easier and much more profitable to keep me quiet and then ban me, then respect their own rules or my rights.

    The Collecting Cabal

    The figures in this study were not simply corrupt or self-promoting. The vast majority of the people involved in this Internet shell game of fakes, fraud, and harassment are at the top of their respective fields in militaria to include: prominent dealers, authors, historians, and military officers. One was a well known author of Polish pilot’s in the PAF during the Second World War. One is an advanced Hungarian collector in the USA; he is held in high esteem by many collectors and has one of the largest Hungarian militaria collections in the world. This Hungarian’s name is featured in many prominent books on collecting militaria. A Captain in the National Guard was so forceful in his threats of abuse and bodily injury that I went to the police, his full time occupation? He was a history teacher at a Military School in Indiana. Another was a full Commander in the US Navy, an Annapolis graduate no less! Another is a high ranking member of a Ohio collecting society and is noted for his supposed honesty.

    Several advanced collectors who are involved in the copy trade are hosting Internet militaria forums. One is a W.W.I Austro-Hungarian forum; the creator is an authority on Austrian militaria and has written a series of books on the subject of Austrian awards, decorations, and flight badges. Many who tune into militaria forums are working with the copy network to keep tabs on what people are saying about fakes and their distribution on the Internet. Many who make and distribute copies are friends of the forum creators who control these forums and what is written and published on line. Any deep disclosure on the copy network is crushed with criticism or simply deleted. I was personally blocked from two forums for going public about what I know about several large scale copy groups operation.

    One example of an advanced militaria collector participating in the Internet fraud game and who is a leading authority on military dagger collecting lives in Tacoma, Washington. One of a hand full that is noted in his field for knowledge and expertise, in fact a well known moderator of an on line militaria forum. Daggerman is also a leading expert at the Internet auction shell game and was fundamental in creating this on line scheme.

    Daggerman knew how to work the system early on and registered to eScam in 1996 under various names. His many buying and selling aliases all seem to lead to the same Tacoma, WA, PO box or addresses that are in the upper Washington state area. One supposed mail order firm has a free web page advertisement, supplied by “Net Scape.” When I repeatedly clicked on the link it wouldn’t function and a pop message read, “the server had been re-set and that the link was not working.” I was able to pull this information from his Net Scape ad:

    “This company possesses over forty years of direct experience in the antique field. Our specific knowledge of W.W.I and W.W.II militartia, steiff stuffed animals and Lladro figures. Our company holds two (2) Federal Firearms Licenses to assist in resolving any related client shipping/shipping difficulties. To inquire about any specific sales item, or to receive a no charge estimate of the value of an items you are wishing to sell, please contact us.” Their is no web page, just an email address.

    I sent several emails to the firm and after six weeks I received a strange and vague response from the sales manager of the company regarding their business. The response claimed that, “they are only involved in selling smoking related items, pipes, tobacco etc., and that they only buy the occasional Nazi related item for their collection.”

    Several auction sellers have sent items directly to Daggerman to this business address, in the Burlington, Washington area. I felt that the mail was generated from Daggerman himself and not from the supposed mail order company. I also discovered that Burlington, WA, is a short drive to Vancouver, BC.

    Daggerman regularly sells copies of all descriptions on the Internet under a host of different user ID’s, both buying and selling. He specializes in Iron Crosses and copy military daggers. One auction that I had observed listed a copy Hungarian naval dagger; he first lists the dagger as a rare Romanian River Forces dagger. The supposed Internet selling location is from Liechtenstein, the seller had a zero rated feedback profile. The sole bidder was Daggerman, the auction was closed by eScam and the seller banned within 24 hours of the start of the auction.

    Two days later, another dagger auction is up with yet another zero feedback rated profile seller. This time the seller is listed from the US. The auctioned item is the same dagger with the same description and the same bidder, Daggerman as the prior closed auction. The dagger is obviously a copy with molded parts with casting marks and bad workmanship. Why would someone who is so experienced be biding on such an item?

    The Listing Fee

    The Internet illusion: does eScam create false expectations for sellers, are sellers getting value for their money? eScam makes huge profits, the leader in the Internet auction industry with over 76 billion dollars in revenue each year and soaring stock prices according to a CNN study of the Internet market in 2004. The female CEO is featured on CNN and other business television programs and in the business print media.

    Why is eScam so successful? Listing fees! eScam makes the majority of its profit via listing fees for members that are selling merchandise and listing auctions on their website. I have seen countless individuals selling dozens of pages of material, in some cases over 100 pages and having to pay a fee just for listing items for sale on eScam. This brings the eScam corporation millions and then ultimately billions of dollars in revenues. The listing fee must be paid with no guarantee of a sale. In 2002 for a ten month period I spent $3, 400 on listing fees. This doesn’t count the lost four paymentrs to eScam and the $100 payment that was cashed and NOT credited to my account.

    When you list an item to be auctioned on eScam, the seller has the “expectation” that it will be bid up or at least bid on. Most sellers start their auctions considerably below market value to inspire and encourage interest and ultimately have the auction bid up by buyers. However, most buyers deliberately don’t bid when they see an item that interests them on eScam, hoping to get the auctioned item for next to nothing after the auction closes. Many times when I have refused post auction offers the buyers have become angry, rude or even threatening in their comments

    Unsolicited Advice

    BUILD YOUR OWN WEB SITE! Why pay eScam increasing and unfair fees and put up with even more unfair and draconian rules that protect the dishonest and eScams bottom line when you can build your own web site. Most web housing providers have easy to use tools and HTML editors, graphic, email and statistic programs for a low monthly fee and control your own destiny. Starting in 2004 eScam refused to allow sellers to list there own websites which draws traffic to there personnel site and away from eScams international corporate money machine. eScam also refuses to allow any user from listing an email address so they could be contacted off line and away from eScams fee schedule.

    If you are entrenched in the eScam illusion of profits and point system or hoping to find that bargain? Do your homework before bidding. I suspect that I was typical of many auction members in that there have been numerous occasions when I have stumbled upon an intriguing item, one that caught my fancy but that was outside my expertise. Often I have queried the seller about the item, and his response seemed entirely satisfactory, even knowledgeable. Then I have turned to the network of contacts that I have developed during twenty years of collecting insignia and related artifacts, and I have sought an expert’s opinion. It is amazing, and frightening, how many times I have learned that what I found so attractive was misrepresented, a reproduction, or over-priced. What I have learned time and time again is that, invariably, one is at risk when one ventures beyond one’s expertise.

    Learn what is a reasonable value for the item. Whenever I see a book on an Internet auction that interests me, I go to one of the web sites for used booksellers, and I check the book’s availability and prevailing price. I recall once having seen on eScam a book sell for more than $90 which I found offered by a used bookseller, same edition in equivalent condition, for $20. More and more dealers are using the Internet to move their wares.

    Know the seller. Examine his feedback. If there is negative or neutral feedback, contact the person who posted it and ask for details. Look also at the way such feedback is expressed: sellers and bidders who are jerks tend to advertise the fact. Do not interpret feedback that is all positive as a clean bill of health! Pull up the seller’s offerings for the past 30 days and go through them one by one. By examining what he sells, you will get a feel for the quality of his offerings and, often, for his honesty. If the return policy is vague, contact the seller and ask for a clear statement of it. If aspects of the item are not clear in the description or image, pin down the specifics by email before bidding.

    eScam won’t protect you, so protect yourself! eScam has become completely out of touch with the average user, the initial grass roots Internet auction concept is merely a profitable illusion for both buyers and sellers. The values that were supposed to counter corporate culture and restrictions on what you could say, buy, or sell on line, instead has become another outlet for corporate greed and profits. eScam’s ever present corporate code and restrictive policies and fee’s are increasing, but their service and initial grass roots on line auction values are vastly decreasing.

    Contact

    I have contacted many individuals and several organizations that are involved in this story by email and in writing to include the president and CEO of the Internet auction in question. Several prominent on line militaria forums were contacted regarding this article, all refused to comment, except for one. The one response I did receive from the forums creator was rude and did not address any of my issues.

    Apparently a host of these thieves is now bashing me: Daggerman (Robert Rogers at http://www.germandaggers.com) and his friends on another Nazi awards forum, regarding several points: Kris Bednarsky trying to buy and harass me and then knock my page. Rogers sells fakes of all manner: mostly Iron Crosses and other medals and orders under the user ID b24d on ebaY, supposedly from Georgia. Rogers is the main character of daggerman, his friends Craig Gottleib and Billy Shea on Germanawards.com don’t help as they buy and then bash me. The latest sponsors from the UK and Rittmeister from the USA also sell nothing but copy badges and at $800.00 to $1500.00 a badge that is a lot of money for molded pot metal.

    Another Forum Fuhrer has deleted and then re-posted several threads regarding this story and others I have published. The Fuhrer claims that I am slandering him and the museum director that really runs the website. His current thread includes all the listed Canadian and Polish players in the eScam saga bashing me. The reality is that the webmaster contradicts himself in his recent rant and other direct mail to me and then other postings, so many times, it really makes me wonder.

    The crux of the thread repeats many listed links on his current forum posting that are slamming me, all are supposedly to certain Yahoo Groups. However, I am posting to non-existent groups. When you hit the listed links on the “poruchnik thread,” the page is blank and the header claims, “their is no Yahoo group by that name.” The reader can make up their own mind. This same collecting cabal have two other negative postings on a Wehrmacht German awards thread and one in Germany. The German website supposedly created from Holland is in fact, another site created and controlled by the museum director from Wein. I have started a series of blogs to this continuing Internet fraud game: Vanity Page! You can see some of their rants against me at the top and read on down the story to his initial response to the bottom about this scam site at:

    http://thevanitypage.blogspot.com/

    However, the international law suit against Yahoo and the Nazi collectibles issue doesn’t stop eScam from cheating its partners. According to the public record at least five law suits against eScam have been filed for not paying their partners royalties or other payments due them in the last three years. As long as eScam can benefit or profit they are willing to take the risk of legal action but won’t risk it for the sake of the seller’s rights or the first amendment.

    About Me

    Name:Michael van Lauesen
    Location:Budapest,Hungary

    I am originally from the land of easy sex, smog and movie stars: Los Angeles, California. I am currently, living in Budapest, Hungary. I intend to publish articles and information regarding medals, orders, and flight badges at this site on a regular basis. This gives me a perfect outlet to advise the public about what is going on in collecting. Visit my other pages for collecting articles and my first book on W.W.I Austro-Hungarian aviation, WINGS OF GRACE-WINGS OF VALOR, large section on kuk pilot badge copies at: http://centraleuropeanmilitaryantiques.com/book/index.html

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    Some would claim that I am a genius, they maybe wrong. If they are right, you should side with me. When the revolution hits, you’re gonna want me around. Read the story of one angry Hungarian, one convicted felon who was featured on America’s Most Wanted, and a California Corporation of Crooks – who want to control the Internet and flood the market with fakes. Read the story that got me banned from eScam-Inc. for life.

    The Internet has become the latest in a series of fast track and highly innovative ways to buy and sell almost anything. The Internet auction is the most prominent way to sell online and charges sellers a fee to list items for auction on there website, if the item sells, another fee is generated, a point system was created to detail how the transaction was handled. The most publicized of these on line auctions is called eScam. Starting in 2003 eScam started a large television and print media blitz to advertise there online auctions. Many online auctions have literally opened the world to collectors and dealers and in the process it has become a venue that some individuals love and hate in equal measure. Many would recommend Internet auctions for its fast service and large selection of items, seemingly a buyer’s paradise. That is not to say, it is not without flaws, in fact rife with fraud and deception. Some sellers appear to be making a nice living offering an endless supply of reproductions as original items on the Internet.

    The reality is that you will find a similar state of affairs in all venues, some better and others much worst – other auctions, gun and militaria shows, and direct sales from dealers. eScam is not the worst of venues, it is simply the most visible and so too are its flaws. eScam has grown immensely and so has its censorship and violations of user’s nominal rights, ever increasing fee schedule and decreasing, deteriorating service.

    The eScam Internet collectibles auctions that I have encountered are controlled by several groups that are deliberately operating to defraud the public. Their premiere site is on eScam, why you may ask – it has the major buyer market share on the Internet and to the world. One American, who lives in Budapest with a lengthy criminal record for fraud, is responsible for making and distributing well over 25% of the copies that are currently being sold on the Internet and other auctions today.

    This convincing overseas con man further seems to be providing original Nazi badges, decorations, buckles, and other items and having them copied in Hungary. The copies are molded and have improper stamps or other markings, which seem to be impressed into the metal as opposed to the correct raised relief markings. The cast items lack many details, have large seams, casting marks, and cracks in the metal. They cleverly disguise some of these flaws with battery acid and other aging techniques, to create rust, tarnish, and corrosion.

    This is Neveda Smith by a German Tiger tank in a French museum. He will tell you it is for sale on eScam.

    According to the public record the Hungarian National Police have already investigated the copy king. A search warrant was obtained and he was arrested in Hungary and briefly detained for selling and shipping military ordnance (machine gun parts). The items in question were investigated at his home in Buda but nothing and he was released without being charged. Tragically theirs a loop hole in Hungarian law as long as the ammunition is inert, even though it has all the working parts, functional fuse, primer, shell, and projectile are intact, it’s not illegal in to own or posses those items in Hungary.

    The provider of many of the military ordnance items that Nevada Smith sells on the Internet are from a Dutch dealer. He supposedly sells his wares in the USA in the state of Virginia and then in the UK. He actually sells and lists his items from Holland and an advanced Austro-Hungarian collector fronts his payments in the state of Virginia. The Dutchman actually stores ordnance items at certain drop points in Belgium and the UK, where it is legal to hold such items. He then ships the items from these locations when he receives his payments from his Virginia drop point in the USA.

    An ordnance super group has been created with an odd assortment of characters. After several years of investigating it appears that advanced UK ordnance dealers and collectors are working with this group, one was a former police superintendent. The Brits travel to France and collect ground dug ordnance, post war German ordnance, apparently manufactured in Norway with war time shell casings but post war projectiles. One Englishman who lives in northern England is an an advanced grenade collector and has a large machine shop, puts the ground dug ordnance and grenades on a lathe, fills, fixes and repairs the items with epoxy and plaster and then sends the “restored” items to a well known eScam Brit seller of ordnance. The sellers major selling hook, “museum quality ordnance?” Other restored and fake ordnance items are sent to Nevada to be sold on eScam. The grenade king in the UK also manufactures WWI German grenades from various parts and rare British grenades. He sends these items to the major on-line Brit seller who auctions a large selection of fake and fantasy grenades to unsuspecting US buyers.

    Coments from the UK north country man on how he operates:

    “I’m not too bothered about the condition of the grenades, They are restorable, I’ll send you a pic later, You can see the condition for yourself, The important thing is that they are rare, I dont have one, So I’m happy with them, I’ve got people working at the office for me, At present. One of the 73′s (large round British anti-tank mine, looks like a large Thermos) is down there. First, I want an exact colour match to the paint on a pantone chart so that I can get some paint made to exactly the right colour, Second, I want the stencilling scanned and stencils made to exactly the same lettering, When all thats done, I can look at a full restoration knowing that it will be exact.”

    Shilling
    The shilling of prices plays a very important role in the eScam selling operation. It could work one of three ways, first you bid the price up against genuine bidders to see just how far they will go. After the auction the seller mails the low bidders to see if they are interested in buying at his infalted price as the top bidder has declined and can not pay or complete the auction.

    The second tactic that is employed is to have a friend email the loser of the auction and says, “I’ve got one of those, I was watching the auction and saw the price, I’ll sell you mine for less”. The seller gets his auction fee’s back, as the top bidder did not complete the transaction. The seller gains feedback points and a high sales track record.

    Third, you sell privately. You advertise the item for sale and use the old, “the last one sold on the Internet for routine.” I only want XX for mine, that way, they could sell the same item to everyone who replies. The buyers aren’t likely to get together to compare the privately offered item, no problems with the auction authorities and no recourse for the buyer, if he is dissatisfied. It’s an old con, working on someone’s greed, getting something rare and valuable for half the price.
    What I have also learned after several years is that to avoid the improved eScam fraud detection system many of the listed parties, their friends and cronies are sending scans or items for auction amongst themselves and then bidding on and up their own material. In this way they can control the bidding process more efficiently and have total control.

    The Austro-Hungarian Connection

    I was contacted in late 1999 by an advanced insignia collector from the east coast of the USA who claimed he found my eScam auctions by mistake? The specialist requested information on copies from Hungary. This advanced collectors main focus is airborne insignia and he influenced me to start investigating the Internet. It seems that many advanced collectors are behind the scenes supplying original and rare Austro-Hungarian medals, orders, and badges to be copied in Hungary. One lives in Budapest, one in Wein, several in Virginia, and another in Ohio. One Hungarian authority claims, “both of the Hungarian collections comprise the largest and most impressive array of Austro-Hungarian military badges in Europe and America”. Several advanced dealers sell WWI Imperial German and Austrian aviation badges, several are supposedly MAX certified. Another advanced Hungarian military collector is a Canadian national of Hungarian descent is acting as a courier for his colleagues, transporting original Austro-Hungarian items to be copied in Hungary. The courier also distributes the Hungarian copies internationally via second and third parties, on the Internet, and various web sites.

    According to a reputable source in Vancouver BC, who owns a collector reproduction business states, “he has his fingers into everything and used to run a militaria collectors store, he now owns a movie prop business and also sells knock off CD’s made in Hungary, even steroids and Marijuana. He has two or three cell phones and is always trying to make or put together a deal involving items that he has imported from Hungary.”

    Several sources of harassment had a PO box in Falls Church Virginia at the same post office. The Virginian had an Italian name and was connected to the navy, he was also connected to a large ordnance collection of WWI weapons and to one of the most advanced and respected collectors in Italy. All these forces help create copies from their collections, set up hundreds of selling and buying shills on the Internet and used this same system to harass me.

    Is eScam Safe, Like a Snake Pit

    eScam assures the public with their feedback program and safeharbor team the user will be treated fairly and action will be taken against any offender of the auction guidelines. This was not the case in my situation. I had observed over several months, a seller supposedly from Munich auctioning a gamut of Hungarian copies. I emailed the German sellers and asked directly if they knew the maker of the copy items, further whether they had purchased these items in Hungary. I never received a response from the German’s, however I did receive several emails from a Canadian, ten days after contacting the German sellers. The Canadian claimed, “I was selling very creative items on eScam.”

    Shortly after The Canadian’s mail I started to receive on line harassment against my Internet auctions. The harassment began with numerous bid interference operations via the eScam mail system, using their open email address and user IDs. One scheme was to place bids on my auctions and leave negative feedback, another involved a supposed “Antique Traders Guild” that emailed all my bidders stating I was guilty of mail fraud and under investigation by the FBI. Several spurious buyers who placed bids on my auctions then contacted all my prior bidders stating, “that I was a crook and ripping people off on the Internet.”

    Two of my buyers who were harassed reported the bid interference to the auction management directly. I also forwarded complaints from my buyers and demanded action, including a follow up complaint. eScam never responded regarding my complaints or any of my buyers complaints. eScam never took any action against the offenders of this constant on line harassment over a three year period. After I received threats of bodily injury and even death threats from this group, eScam claimed, “that this was private mail, if you feel threatened go to local law enforcement in your area.” As far as eScam was concerned, this gang of Internet trouble makers could act with virtual impunity.

    As soon as I listed an item to be auctioned that interfered with or competed with the copy groups material, usually German decorations, or any kind of ordnance item, immediate hate mail and aggressive bidding activity against my auctions took place. Then the copy group would list an item similar to mine or a copy item and knock my item in their auction description. The copy group would have their auctioned item bid up usually over double retail value of the auctioned item.

    One eScam power seller who is one of the copy rings main organizers, engaged in direct bid interference with one of my buyers on several auctions. The buyer had previously purchased a $500.00 item from the copy seller. He told my buyer, “he was keeping his money and sending the buyer nothing, because he was bidding on my auctions.” We both reported the auction interference to eScam. No response was ever received regarding our complaints from eScam and no action taken was ever taken against this seller.

    Corporate Integrity?

    Out of frustration with the eScam process and with no results with the auction management. I set out to obtain whatever satisfaction I could get. I decided to investigate this group and their dealings on and off the Internet. I spent hours going through all of the seller’s feedback and checking every transaction they had completed. I sent several messages to the bidders of the main instigator of the harassment campaign and the main copy distributor in the US. I was convinced further that these bidders were shills and or friends of the seller.

    I copied the supposed buyers on my entire research report. In less then 24 hours after writing the mail to the seller and his supposed buyers, eScam finally responded to me, but not regarding the hundreds of complaints that I had filed regarding harassment that was directed against my auctions. The auction authorities claimed they were banning me permanently from eScam for bid interference and scaring buyers off. What a joke!

    I learned five things from this experience, first: eScam will suspend members for violating its procedural rules (e.g., bid interference or non payment of fee’s) and then only in certain circumstances. Many decisions are made arbitrarily or seemingly on the whim or mood of the safeharbor team. Many auctions guidelines are to protect their corporation from even the slightest hint of a conflict or a law suit. However, not for selling copies, abuse or harassment – feedback, eScam believes, will take care of this problem.

    Second: I learned that I the victim had to do all of the detective work.

    Third: If the reported parties are “power sellers” and generating a lot of income via the ever increasing eScam fee system, they are not likely to take action and in my case, even suspend the victim who is not a big earner. Even if you can prove fraud or bid interference, eScam hestitates to take action and claims you have no proof. However, eScam still collects the fees!

    Fourth: The feedback system works towards the corporations goal of higher revenue by providing a point system. Both buyers and sellers are entranced with gaining points and lose sight of the objective of any auction, to gain a fair market value or higher on the auctioned item. If an auctioned item sells at the start price, even if the seller loses money on the auctioned item, the seller is still obligated to go through with the sale. The incentive is gaining positive feedback and another point from the buyer. Just like in the casino, where the odds are heavily in the casino’s favor. People who gamble are only losing or gaining chips not money. The occasional winner inspires even more people to lose.

    Fifth: I learned how misleading feedback can be…….. In fact almost all of the leading figures in this Internet fraud game, have almost perfect feedback.

    The Feedback Video Game: Not Worthless – But Almost

    eScam places great faith in its feedback system as a means of protecting its users, both buyers and sellers. I find this faith naive and self-serving. It is naive because while the feedback system may work well to alert bidders and sellers to individuals who renege on bids or on delivery of winnings, it fails miserably in those cases where copies and fakes are misrepresented as genuine. The reason for this is simple: individuals withhold feedback until receipt of payment or the item. If payment or item is not received, then feedback is available as a recourse. If the bidder is unhappy with what he has received, and if the seller allows him to return the item, then rarely will the bidder post any feedback, let alone negative feedback, even if the item was obviously misrepresented. If, on the other hand, the item meets the bidder’s expectations, positive feedback is usually posted soon after receipt of the auctioned item.

    It is clear from the many bogus and misrepresented items that bidders are buying that many bidders are not knowledgeable (else they would not have bid), and it may be weeks or months – perhaps years – long after they have posted glowingly positive feedback, before they learn that what they purchased is a copy, fake or forgery. By then feedback is no longer a recourse, because once feedback is posted, it is chiseled in stone: it may not be changed. It is for this reason that there are eScam sellers who, in my opinion, routinely misrepresent the items they sell whose feedback fails utterly to reflect this fact. This is why positive feedback can be misleading.

    However, negative feedback can also be misleading. The harassment group deliberately bid on my auctions with shill bidders and then placed negative feedback. They left the negative comments within days after the auction closed: the comments were not true and intentionally damaging. Some admitted in several open and hostile emails, that it was done to annoy, hinder and harass, in complete violation of eScam’s rules. I proceeded to the auctions safeharbor team, who never responded regarding my complaints. The majority of negative comments made on the feedback profile are merely retaliatory for non-payment of auctioned goods.

    It works like a video game, just like gambling, you hope to break the bank, and instead you go home with nothing, instead of money, its feedback points. Even if the auctioned item is selling far below market value you hope to gain feedback. eScam’s faith in the effectiveness of the feedback system is self-serving because it relieves eScam of having to deal with the problems it purports the feedback system to address. eScam ignores its stated guidelines as long as they can make a profit and from what I know, wants no part of disputes involving authenticity. While I can understand the auctions view to a degree – it would cost time and money (adding expert staff) to adjudicate such transactional disputes – I cannot agree with it because the feedback system as it now is structured leaves bidders with no effective recourse.

    The First Amendment Protects Opinions; Whether eScam Does Is Another Story

    As the British statesman Edmund Burke once said, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing….”

    When I first became aware of Internet auctions in 1999 eScam and their policies were fairly liberal and they were responsive to the general user in dealing with most situations. As eScam grew however and the French law suit against Yahoo Internet Auctions deepened to the US courts in early 2000, eScam began to change their polices. eScam decided to add and then change many rules and guidelines to suit. This limited what one could sell and say on eScam auctions. The “ME” page was set up to share your experiences on the auction web site; it included your most recent ten feedback comments. I told my story with great gusto, as I always wanted to be self employed. I decided to document some of the events of the harassment on my “ME” page, no contact or user ID’s were to published.

    I felt I could make my case via the auction system with the “ME”page, in particular recent negative feedback that the harassment gang had left for me. I documented the abuse a Canadian buyer had created with my eScam experience and mocked his user ID. After weeks of fighting with the auction administration, they agreed to remove the multiple negative feedbacks and suspended the buyer who posted the remarks. I then promptly withdrew my comments regarding the harassment from my “ME” page and resumed selling. eScam’s ever growing censorship will no longer allow this to happen. A new auction selling policy was established in May 2000, it began with a mandatory disclaimer, that you can’t sell any W.W.II German items to certain countries, and an Internet block to countries in western Europe.

    eScam made more drastic changes to what kind of military collectibles could be sold on their auction site. Starting in May 2001, no more Nazi related items could be listed on eScam. All Nazi related items were to be banned from the auction and the offending auctioned item would be removed immediately. At this same time eScam initiated a new privacy policy for users, seemingly to protect the dishonest.

    In May 2002, I updated my “ME” page and added a small paragraph regarding a group that created and made copies. Several weeks later, I added a sentence that mocked the copy kings name. At no time did I publish contact information or a real user ID. I added a disclaimer in parenthesizes, “the listed names or user IDs, weren’t their real names.”
    An immediate email arrived from eScam that stated, “immediate action is required, my comments had been noted and that they have recently become aware of a violation of the auction user agreement. I had to take down my comments about the copy group and the harassment, you need to change your ME page within 48 hours or eScam would take action on my account. Listing further that I had to edify my own account, and I was publicly publishing contact information and I must change my auction ME page due to privacy issues.” eScam then sent me another brief note and a link regarding a suggestion box for their auction site, that didn’t address any of my issues and seemed to be a pre-programmed, canned response. eScam threatened further action against my account, regarding the auction privacy guidelines.

    Under threat of being banned for life, I took down the mocking names. I wonder what privacy issues eScam was really worried about, was it the privacy to organize an international scam or to harass and hinder my every auction? I think it is more accurate to say, privacy for the auction to collect their ever growing fees that were being generated by the offended party. Their privacy rules favor the dishonest to continue operating dishonestly. Sure you can have a “ME” page on eScam and speak your mind, but only if it conforms to their ever changing rules, your comments are positive, agree with eScam’s thinking, and no one complains. In August 2002, eScam took down my “ME” page and claimed that I was misusing their system.

    eScam could care less about my rights or the barrage of harassment and abuse from the sellers of these fakes who used the Internet like a battering ram of psychological warfare against me. eScam is only concerned with their profit margin, it was easier and much more profitable to keep me quiet and then ban me, then respect their own rules or my rights.

    The Collecting Cabal

    The figures in this study were not simply corrupt or self-promoting. The vast majority of the people involved in this Internet shell game of fakes, fraud, and harassment are at the top of their respective fields in militaria to include: prominent dealers, authors, historians, and military officers. One was a well known author of Polish pilot’s in the PAF during the Second World War. One is an advanced Hungarian collector in the USA; he is held in high esteem by many collectors and has one of the largest Hungarian militaria collections in the world. This Hungarian’s name is featured in many prominent books on collecting militaria. A Captain in the National Guard was so forceful in his threats of abuse and bodily injury that I went to the police, his full time occupation? He was a history teacher at a Military School in Indiana. Another was a full Commander in the US Navy, an Annapolis graduate no less! Another is a high ranking member of a Ohio collecting society and is noted for his supposed honesty.

    Several advanced collectors who are involved in the copy trade are hosting Internet militaria forums. One is a W.W.I Austro-Hungarian forum; the creator is an authority on Austrian militaria and has written a series of books on the subject of Austrian awards, decorations, and flight badges. Many who tune into militaria forums are working with the copy network to keep tabs on what people are saying about fakes and their distribution on the Internet. Many who make and distribute copies are friends of the forum creators who control these forums and what is written and published on line. Any deep disclosure on the copy network is crushed with criticism or simply deleted. I was personally blocked from two forums for going public about what I know about several large scale copy groups operation.

    One example of an advanced militaria collector participating in the Internet fraud game and who is a leading authority on military dagger collecting lives in Tacoma, Washington. One of a hand full that is noted in his field for knowledge and expertise, in fact a well known moderator of an on line militaria forum. Daggerman is also a leading expert at the Internet auction shell game and was fundamental in creating this on line scheme.

    Daggerman knew how to work the system early on and registered to eScam in 1996 under various names. His many buying and selling aliases all seem to lead to the same Tacoma, WA, PO box or addresses that are in the upper Washington state area. One supposed mail order firm has a free web page advertisement, supplied by “Net Scape.” When I repeatedly clicked on the link it wouldn’t function and a pop message read, “the server had been re-set and that the link was not working.” I was able to pull this information from his Net Scape ad:

    “This company possesses over forty years of direct experience in the antique field. Our specific knowledge of W.W.I and W.W.II militartia, steiff stuffed animals and Lladro figures. Our company holds two (2) Federal Firearms Licenses to assist in resolving any related client shipping/shipping difficulties. To inquire about any specific sales item, or to receive a no charge estimate of

  109. Phinney70
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    That certainly puts the E-N-D in TRENDY.

  110. Demonchild
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    Ahem… First of, what’s with the freaky ten-page Nazi memorabilia ad? Is that Bobby Trendy contemplating a career change from “interior decorator” to auctioneer? Sad…
    And speaking of “Trendy”, when I was a club kid back in the early nineties in New York, there were always all these people from Jersey who could never get into any of the clubs because they had cesar cuts and wore flannels with gold chains. And they were oh so sad. But then there was this other breed of People from Jersey who figured they found the way to get in and be utterly fabulous. And they went to the one crazy store in the Paramus mall that sold shiny-shiny shirts and pleather pants, and they found the Payless Shoesource equivalent of the platforms all the club kids wore, and then they came to the big city and demanded to be let into the club. And then they got bitch slapped. Damn. Where’s a drag queen with a guest list when you need one?!

  111. Adalmin
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    He looks like a pinata, begging for someone to whack him in the face. What on EARTH is that furry, lampshadey, frilly, animal-like THING on his shoulders? An anemone? Some kind of alien substance that just so happened to land on him smack when the photographer pressed the button? Disgraceful.

    http://www.geocities.com/adalmin

  112. no_wire_hangers_ever!
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    This is the warm-up act for the apocalypse. We should all be very alarmed.

  113. lucky
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    surely in that outfit (which clearly does ‘out’ him but clearly doesn’t fit him) he could be Fergie’s date. the yak and the orange furry shrug are meant to be together.

    http://luckycrackers.blogspot.com/

  114. Marmel
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    OK, I’m going out on a limb here, but is it possible Senor Trendy is in on the joke? Because he has one foot on either side of the line between complete psycho disaster and evil genius…

  115. KittyGrrl
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    “…his tackiness has turned the Fug Avenue corner and he’s now streaming up Trashtastic Boulevard on some kind of very, very gay float.”

    LMAO!!!! Trashtastic Boulevard?! THAT is priceless!!! I’m a tad embarassed to say that I had no idea who this person was until I googled him and found out the reason WHY I didn’t know him was because I never watched Anna Nicole (who I find mind-numbingly irritating). But he was so worht the point and click!

  116. Katie_did
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    Dear Booby Trendy,
    Firstly- who ARE you? (could someone please tell me).
    Secondly- Cher is very, very unhappy. She says she regrets that you are having a tough time finding clothes that are ‘you’ enough, apart from that charming headdress you stole of that showgirl at the Moulin Rouge, but let’s not get into that. Anyway, she would greatly appreciate it if you ceased rooting through her trash cans at night, and she is always rather dissapointed, shall we say, when she sees you at parties wearing customised cast-offs of hers. Ok, Bobby T? And I still don’t know who you are. Do us all a favour here at the DMDWSBLUCAIPS, and go and hide in a refridgerator, where you belong. You know you want to. Now run along and be a good transvestite.
    Kindest Regards, but with great disgust,
    Katie Readron,
    DMDWSBLUCAIPS (Disgusting Male Dressers Who Should Be Locked Up, in Cooking Appliances If Possible Society.)

  117. Citrus
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    I for one am just TIRED of seeing him go half-way. Why doesn’t he just get the full-body tattoo we all know he’s working towards?

    GREAT PHOTO. Fun blog. Stop by and visit me sometime. Enter my KILT Contest…

    I’ll be back
    Citrus.

  118. JezzieBell Bottoms
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    Ok, I am a drag queen and you still wouldn’t catch me in an outfit like that. What’s with that hugely wrong flower on the chest, is he face really that bad off he had to do something to draw attention away from it?? And baby, trust we know who you are, please give up on advertising yourself like you are the new Tommy, Anna Nicole made sure that we knew who you were. And doll, fur, why fur..come on…let move on to brighter things, you know like finding a desingner that knows how to dress you??

  119. Ellen
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    Yeow! Why hasn’t that long irrelevant posting been deleted?

  120. Catherine
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    I’ve never seen this person before, but I have to say that I think this is totally purposeful. I think he went for the Tack with everything he had, and I, frankly, love him for it. You’re beautiful, Bobby! You’re a pretty pretty princess! Wave, princess, wave!

    http://www.livejournal.com/users/tommybarbarella/

  121. xtina
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    I have never laughed so hard on my first-ever visit to a blog EVER. Love this site! It’s instantly on my “visit every hour” list! Love it!

  122. brian
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    I thought it was Paris Hilton

  123. shangz
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    That confirms it .. The rumours of Barbie going for a sex change must be true .

  124. Kate_did
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    Barbie? No- honey, it’s Bai Ling who got ‘The Change’ i.e. it’s Bai Ling gone even more wrong than she already has!But wait, still nobody has told me who he is! I am English so I have no idea, please tell me! And by Anna Nicole, does everyone mean Anna Nicole Smith? Oh, please tell me he’s not her adopted son or…or…STYLIST???

  125. Erratic Prophet
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    Damn… Those lips. It’s like he ate a vat of Vaseline or something and then washed it down with bacon grease.

  126. Fluffernutter
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    Hey you guys, know what?

    I’m really kinda developing a fondness for lil ol’ Bobby. He’s SO outrageous, he’s SUCH a fame-whore, he’s a showoff, he’s an 80s clubkid without an 80s club, but he’s having a helluva great time for himself, and he makes me laugh in a good way, not in a desperate sick-hearted self-preservation way like La Peldon does.

    He’s right out of Details Magazine, back in the 80s when it was still a gay mag.

    I say fug on, Bobby, fug on! I’m buying the next round! And here! You can have this lipgloss that’s too pink for my redhaired complexion. Use it with abandon! Use it on your elbows even!

  127. ninaberries
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    like my body? want some money?
    trimspa, baby!

    (the trimspa has obviously eaten away at his brain, just as it did to anna nicole’s)

  128. smelly
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    my god I thought this was Uncle Grambo (aka Mark of whatevs.org) on a bender at first

  129. Special Sauce
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    “If someone handed William Hung in to Pimp My Ride, this is how he would come back.”

    *BWAAAAAAAAHAHA!*

    ParisEtoile, can I marry you?

  130. David
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    Pink is the new BLAGHHHHG….

    Hes so gay he needs 5 fag hags!

  131. Spanish Fly
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    Perhaps this explains why some animals eat their young…

  132. trojandoll
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    wtf is that nazi-anti-ebay-manifesto??? i love crazies – that goes perfectly with bobby trendy.

  133. lemming
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    It looks like Lassie is trying to hump his back…

  134. panajane
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    Dude, the LIPGLOSS?!

  135. Cherry
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    Who is this guy again?? Oh YEAH… whatsername’s pee-on… who made the fluffy pillows that he charged a gazillion dollars for…

    “Damn… Those lips. It’s like he ate a vat of Vaseline or something and then washed it down with bacon grease.”

    *hurl* Grody to the max, dude. Blah!!!

  136. Ez
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    Oh god. He makes me want to slash my wrists and cry. Is he ACTUALLY posing for the camera in that fashion wreck? Now THAT is mocking us.

    Pink SATIN shiny shirt – wrong on a male, fag or otherwise. Such material is used to make Lingerie for LADIES, idiot.

    Black (velvet?) pants with your name spelt out in shiny studs – meh.

    Cream-colored fur coat – waiting for PETA to slam him.

    One more thing; is he wearing MAKEUP???? I’m seeing eyeshadow and blusher here! ARRRRGHHH…..mine eyes!

  137. Michael Guy
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    Wow! Lucy Liu never looked better! I was wondering what she’s been up to since “Charlie’s Angels”. You go girrrl…

  138. Carol
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    Fluffernutter, I’m kinda starting to be fond of Bobby too, but that’s because I’ve seen him a few times in the neighborhood where I work (his shop is maybe 1/4 mile from my workplace). And he seems pretty nice. And he doesn’t wear feathers, BeDazzled pants and lip gloss 24/7 (thank heavens).

    Bobby darling, you may be a famewhore, but you’re my sweet famewhore. Come sit next to me and let me tell you about the evils of fugging…

  139. fiona
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    Truly tragic, delusional, ridiculous. And wasn’t he Asian, once upon a time?

  140. Sibyl
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    I think we have a case of secret identities here. Think hard — has anyone ever seen Bobby Trendy and Bai Ling in the same place?

  141. Imelda
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    Somewhere in the Philippines a bar is missing its most popular Ping-Pong-Balls-Out-The-Twat girl.

  142. madgelove
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    Too true, Fluffernutter. I feel like I saw this exact outfit at Sound Factory Bar 16 years ago (*gulp, ages oneself*).

    Where’s Lahoma? Where are The Twins? Where’s my candy?

    Hmmm. Nice little flashback for me. Thanks. (*sniff*)

  143. madgelove
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    Too true, Fluffernutter. I feel like I saw this exact outfit at Sound Factory Bar 16 years ago (*gulp, ages oneself*).

    Where’s Lahoma? Where are The Twins? Where’s my candy?

    Hmmm. Nice little flashback for me. Thanks. (*sniff*)

  144. Melissa
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    That is just wrong on so many levels.

  145. Wendy
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    Do us all a favor. Run him down with your car.

  146. NYCynthia
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    Jax’s line about blowing My Little Pony STILL has me cracking the hell up, even after two separate instances of having to scroll all the way past random Ebay related Nazi-loving rant. What the fuck was that, if I may be so bold?

    Anyway.

    I tend to think Bobby Trendy doesn’t count since he’s so obviously the Kato Kaelin of the fug world. “PAY ATTENTION TO ME!! Pleeeazzzze. I’m luxrrrious.”

  147. NYCynthia
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    Oh yeah, and he’s wearing what appears to be a giant flower attached to the shirred satin of death.

  148. dani
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    why are you hating?…
    just kiddin dude so not hot.

  149. GB in GB
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    Damn.
    This chap was the one who outbid me on all the Abba memorabilia on eBay last month.

    Did he have to wear it all at once?

  150. Suzy
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    After glancing at the screen:

    My seven year old: “He’s fancy”

    My four year old: “He’s holding an ugly dog”.

  151. crash happy
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    Don’t know if anyone’s said it already but that’s TOO gay. Mr. Jay from ANTM, please take off the crown and hand it to Bobby. Thanks and goodnight.

    (Note I keep Miss J out of this, cuz “she” is genuinely fabulous, where Bobby is trying too damn hard.)

  152. brenner
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    hey ladies. get off yr ass and post something. pretend you care and post something once a week. it’s not hard. just pretend.

  153. robert grant
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    hey i met bobby at the mall and he gave me a ride in his rose royce phantom and he bought me a shirt he was so nice to me!
    robert