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Dashur F.

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Washington, DC

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I started young, being interested in antiques, art, collectibles, fine jewelry, fine silver, etc. Also, I had a strong, interest to be a fashion designer. Now, I am a collector of high-end, vintage fashion, esp. 1950s - 1970s. Overall, I prefer and seek everything Antique & Vintage, from beginning of time until the 1970's.

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Antique, Art, Fine Jewelry, Fine Silver, Book Collector, Precious Metals, rtc


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7 Reviews by Dashur


First, Second Story Books is owned by Allan Stypeck, noted book appraiser and antique and rare books dealer. He has appeared on PBS's Antiques Roadshow and Maryland Public Television's Chesapeake Collectibles. I have spoken with him on occasions and he has been, thoroughly, generous with his time and advice.

However, there is a DISCONNECT with his staff at both locations (Maryland and Washington, D. C.) The staff are, frankly, rude and show little interest to provide assistance when I have called to make inquiries.

Most importantly, I have submitted, on several occasions, books for a potential sale. The prices quoted to me were an insult and bordered on thievery - the staff being arrogant and not thinking I knew anything about rare and collectible books and their market value.

My advice is that - if you are dealing with an estate inheritance that has a large book collection or ephemera, OR, you have just one jewel of a book with potential value, do your research to know what the market value is and what percentage of the value you should expect. Also, contact reputable Auction houses for a possible evaluation; but, just do your due diligence to get at least THREE quotes from different dealers in your area or call others in a different state.

As stated, my experiences with Mr. Stypeck differs, vastly, with what I have encountered with staff members. I have determined never to deal with Second Story, unless it is with Mr. Stypeck.


I went to MicroCenter to buy a laptop - after my 1-yr old laptop, from a maker I will not name, simply, died on me without any known damage or warnings.

First, I researched the laptops in stock, via MicroCenter's website; and finding what I wanted was listed, as being in-stock.

I met and engaged with a sales associate, sharing what I found online and requested for verification. I, specifically, asked to be verified that the laptop had a "specific feature." The associate retrieved the model from stock and assured me it met my specifications. (Unfortunately, you're not able to open the package to, actually, view the product to check it matches your specs.)

However, after getting home and opening the package, I discovered it lacked the very spec I indicated as a must have. (I commuted a total of 70 miles for this).

I contacted Customer Service - who was very understanding of my issue - and the Rep began to initiate a solution. The Rep put me on hold and contacted the Store and spoke with a Manager. I was told to return to the store, as I needed the laptop for immediate use. I began the 70 mile roundtrip journey, again.

Once at the store, the Manager - after apologizing for the error and it having to cause me such another long road trip - to resolve the problem, actually, provided me a laptop which was an upgrade and offered other financial reparations for the trouble caused.

I, only, accepted the upgrade - making him aware I wasn't attempting to scam the store and declined the other financial offer.

Overall, I reminded myself that for future computer and electronic purchases, MicroCenter will be the FIRST resource I use. On past visits, the staff, always, greet you upon entering the store, asking how they may assist you. All my past experiences have been met by efficient staff and services, along with a very clean store.

Products used:
Laptop computer


1stdibs is a standout, as an e-commerce site, for offering some of, it not, the BEST high-quality, antique and luxury items.

The website is a great e-commerce platform: first, it's design is visually a standout; how it presents items, ability to communicate with a Seller, and, the process to complete a purchase.

No adverse experiences, whether an inquiry to a Seller or a completed purchase, has, yet, to be encountered.

Prices are in-line with the quality of items offered, but, with many Sellers allowing for Offers to be placed, it is a highly, recommended venue to check-out - when seeking that unique, one-of-a kind item.


Honestly, I take my elderly, female neighbor to Blue Mercury - she no longer can drive for health reasons, but is sharp overall.

First, the staff (as their are several locations in my city) is always courteous, helpful, and quite knowledgeable about its products offered.

Being a male, I was under the impression they only sold products for women - just being honest. However, I discovered they have products for men - which I have used and like.

Can some of the prices be a little on the high-side, compared to the Generic Drug store or other stores, Yes. Yet, for what I have used the price is a reflection of the quality.

Hightly recommend the chain.


I, mainly, deal in vintage items and have purchased excellent items. So far, every item has been exactly as listed and matched Seller photos. The majority of Sellers, 95%+, respond immediately or within 24hrs, when I post questions - always, willing to provide answers, if able and add extra photos when requested, if possible.

I had an instance of an item whose condition wasn't as good as the listing stated; yet, with Customer Service assistance, was able to return item for full refund.

NEEDED: A major site overhaul is needed to better the customer experience, & certain the same for sellers. Specifically, expand categories to allow more detail for items and search criteria to find items.

Overall: Great site and item selections...


I use BoltBus on the East Coast route. It is a standout among the new lines of bus services - great fares; clean, clean, clean buses, drivers who show professionalism & give customer care, and, always on time destination departures/arrivals, Wi-Fi, & power outlets.

Focus is only providing quality travel experience for the hours needed to get customers to locations. A huge part of that experience is the space: not over-packed or feel you're in a cattle car!


I have won many great items on EBTH. Customer Service is really good. However, If you're buying gems, jewelry - I recommend you have it examined & appraised quickly.

I purchased a loose gemstone, which would have been a great find - EBTH stated it had been verified, as authentic by their GIA certified gemologist.

However, my jewellers, GIA GG & Certified brought me the news it was "GLASS."

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