Every now and then I do a quick search on Ebay to see what whips are being sold and one caught my eye a few minutes ago. Not because it’s an excellent deal, but how uneducated the seller is! There is so much wrong with this listing, it’s making my head spin!
Does the seller not know who they bought it from? I’m assuming it’s the original buyer because they are saying it’s only been cracked twice. If they got it second hand you really couldn’t say that.
Ok, first here’s a link to the listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-12-Plait-Australian-Kangaroo-Hide-Bullwhip-Beautiful-/271055846007
Take a look at the pictures on the listing, this is supposed to be a 12 plait 10 foot Terry Jacka bullwhip. Here’s the description from the ebay listing:
YOU ARE BIDDING “THE AUSTRALIAN BULLWHIP BY TERRY JACKA”; A BEAUTFUL PRE-OWNED (LIKE NEW) 10 FOOT 12 PLAIT KANGAROO HIDE BROWN BULLWHIP.
Description: This is a beautifully crafted 10 foot 12 plait Australian Bullwhip hand crafted by Terry Jacka. Made from the finest kangaroo leather this is a true work of art and one of a kind item. The crack is truly thunderous!!
Condition: This whip has been excellently cared for and is like new. I’ve only cracked it twice and it has been mostly displayed in a temperature cooled cabinet. I still have regularly treated it with Pecard’s leather dressing; as recently as last month. The fall is brand new.
I’ve included PICS that I personally took which are completely accurate. (NOTE: I increased the sharpness to deliver clear images.)
Normally if you were to buy this whip new it would cost $800.00 USD. I am starting the listing at nearly half that cost. Buyer assumes all costs for shipping and handling.
Alright, so here’s my little list of what’s wrong with this listing:
1. It’s not a Terry Jacka Bullwhip, it’s from EM-Brands Bullwhips (Bernie Wojcicki)
2. It’s not LIKE NEW. The seller claims it’s only been cracked twice, but recently put a new fall on it. Why would you put a new fall on a whip that’s only been cracked twice? Did they crack it once, then change the fall?
Also look at the knot in the cracker after only one or two cracks you should be able to get it out pretty easily. The knot in the cracker makes it not like new because no reputable whip maker would ship a whip with a cracker with a knot in it. When a cracker has a knot in it you should change it out just like a windshield of a car that has a crack. You wouldn’t sell a car with broken windshield as new…and you shouldn’t sell a bullwhip with broken cracker as new either.
3. If it’s a Jacka it’s got the wrong cracker on it, unless Terry Jacka has recently changed this he ships with Polypro crackers. So by it not having the original cracker it’s got a replacment part and not like new.
4. The listing says it’s 12 plait, it’s 16 plait…count the strands, there are 4 going under each strand in the four seam part of the lash right after the handle.
5. The listing says this bullwhip new would be $800. I just checked and a 10 foot bullwhip from EM Brand Whips is $590 for 12 plait or $680 for 16plait. Either way it’s over $100 below the price the seller is saying it would cost new.
Wait, maybe the seller actually thinks it’s a Jacka, what are his prices for a new 10 foot bullwhip. I thought of that and from Terry Jacka a 10 foot bullwhip is $600 for 12 plait and $650 for 16 plait, or $150 below what the seller thinks it would cost new.
OK those are my main issues with this bullwhip’s listing. Now it’s not a bad bullwhip, but if someone were to try sell you a used VW Bug and tell you it’s a Porsche and tried to tell you that it was worth more than a new Porsche you’d probably stay away from the seller because the seller doesn’t know what they are talking about. If they don’t know what make / model of what they have and they are the original owner how can you believe anything they tell you about condition?
Another thing is the seller took a lot of pictures and made sure to make sure they are clear pictures so the buyer knows what they are getting. However there’s one thing they didn’t take a picture of, the piece of metal on the end of the handle of the whip. Why wouldn’t you show that? It’s a decorative piece that Bernie personally hand engraves and the ones that I’ve personally seen look really cool. I also know that some of them say something like “handmade by Bernie Wojcicki for______” and a whip number. I wonder if this one is simply decorated or has an engraving with Bernie’s name and the whip number?
All I can say is if you are going to buy or sell a whip do your research and know what you are buying or selling. An honest description will sell a bullwhip much faster than a misleading one especially from a “known maker” and you’ll end up with the other person on the other end of the transaction much happier!