One thing for sure if you buy quality stuff you will always have quality to resell if you wish to resell. As opposed to having junk that will remain just that. Good luck in your collecting it is an ongoing learning process that is ever interesting.
I first bought a Sonderanfertigung one from a very sophisticated dealer associated with the West Point Museum, which he either looted or got their duplicates, and I paid
USD 125 in the year 1971 or so. This sum was astronomical. It was the subject of incredulous guffaws and snorts. This man dealt in high end SS stuff and eventually vanished. I never met him, but the cap was very real. I have a picture of it somewhere. Which is to say, these things are cheap for others, but not for me.
The blue car is mine. The person in it was a friend of mine. The image: 1974.
Glad to hear you can get a refund.
As I have only dabbled in crushers over the years, I have not started a thread on them (but have mixed some in with the standard visors in the Guide to Authentic Headgear sub forum).
In any event, this thread should give you an overview of the kind of dreck that is plaguing Ebay:
NEC SOLI CEDIT
Pz caps, all over priced and fated to become meaningless with the greying of the cohort.
Plus a general staff cap with an odd badge that I like all the same. The badge is a Dutch one, but maybe it Bavarian associations for someone.
Beautiful, all of them! And thanks for the link stonemint! I'm just going to stay away from ebay full stop from now on. Dealers with my 'hands on' the item, or networked fellow collectors, or possibly this site's classifieds only for me now. I've also just ordered two reference books on amazon: One for Panzer Crew Uniforms and the other for SS camouflage items. Taking things reaaaal slow now.