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I am primarily a jewelry designer, but my quest for vintage and unusual materials frequently takes me to thrift shops and other places that sell second-hand items. Sometimes I find great shoes and I usually sell them on eBay. My most recent excursion netted me what I thought was a really wonderful pair of vintage men's shark skin oxfords, but upon more careful examination I noticed that the words "Baffin Seal" were stamped on the insoles. I listed them for sale on eBay a couple of nights ago but woke up to an unhappy surprise the next morning; eBay had ended the auction, with this explanation:
"You recently listed the following auction-style listing:
180956771914 - Exotic Wrinkled Skin Vintage DACK Black Oxfords 9.5 F med width Made in Canada
Unfortunately, we had to remove your listing because of the following:
You have listed an item made from a marine mammal. We do not permit listings for any item made from a marine mammal. The import/export of marine mammal products is heavily regulated by international treaty; as such we have decided not to permit listings for such items.
I understand that you may have not been aware of this policy, and meant no ill intentions. At times, there is a learning curve when selling on eBay, and we appreciate your contributions to our community. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and we wish you the best with your future transactions.
We kindly ask that you do not relist this item on eBay.
Because of state and federal regulations on the sale of live animals, plants, and wildlife products, we have some restrictions on the kinds of items you can sell on eBay.
We don't allow listings for marine animal products (such as those made from sea otters, whales, porpoise, dolphins, and seals) unless they've been transformed into an authentic Alaskan Native handicraft or clothing, and you have all the necessary state, federal, and international permits to sell the items.
Here's more information on our policy:
I have a few questions about the shoes and am attaching photos of them in hopes that someone might be able to give me a little more information about them.
*1. How old are they?
*2. These were made in Canada. Does the F indicate a standard (medium) width or extra wide? I've read the entire thread but there seems to be some argument about that F.
*3. What is their approximate value? They are in really nice shape, and don't appear to have been worn more than a couple of times.
*4. I know that this is not a venue in which things are generally sold. Would you be so kind as to recommend a place where I could offer them for sale?
Many thanks in advance for your help--it's really very much appreciated.
Can anyone tell me approximately how old the Baffin Seal oxfords are, whether the "F" width is average or super wide, and the approximate value? Also, if anyone could recommend a website that would allow me to sell them I would appreciate it very much. I listed them on eBay a couple of nights ago but eBay cancelled the auction because they have rules about selling items made from the hides of marine animals.
Additionally, as shown in photo #2, the printing on the insoles celebrates Dack's 150 years in business, from 1834-1984, so I have to assume that they were made in 1984 or thereafter. I just don't know how long they used that label....probably not much longer after 1984, I would imagine, as surely they wouldn't want their recently made shoes to be considered "dated."
If anyone can approximate how much a pair of shoes like the ones here--in very good to excellent condition--would be worth, I would be most grateful.
Man of Lint: I am sure you're right about the exotic skins not appealing to a majority of shoe buyers. I am sure there is a market for these, though, if I can find a venue that will allow me to market them. They are not stamped "factory reject" or anything else to that effect. I noticed that the new Dack owner had posted on this thread previously and was hoping he'd take notice and post, but I am new here and am not sure whether everyone who's posted gets notified when there are new entries or if only those whose posts that are directly replied to are sent notices thru email.
Rampart: On eBay I saw at least one pair of shoes advertised as "exotic skin" without the specific kind being mentioned, and I imagine the seller had encountered the same problem that I did and was circumventing the hurdle.....either that, or he/she couldn't find an identifying mark and wasn't exactly certain of the type. :-)