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Old February 12th, 2008, 08:23 PM
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Did you happen to see Inside Edition last night? They did an expose on shipboard art...specifically from Park West. It was not pretty. Two couples interviewed, one who spent a fortune,[over $20,000] had their art brought to several NYC art dealers, by the reporter, to try and sell them, and were told, to bring them to a poster shop..worth about $20.00:(

The galley owner asked if they bought it on a ship, and then laughed:(I went to their site to find a link to the article, but couldn't find it.

I have purchased art onboard, had some problems with Princess, who has their own concession onboard, unlike most others. They handled our problem but it took a while. I bought it to enjoy, never to sell it, and to enjoy the memories!
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I have always suspected that about cruise ship art!
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Read the article bellow; it’s a bit lengthy but wow…….

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepu...works0408.html
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Disgusting!

On another thread, the Attorney General of Florida is wasting his time and ours ginning up publicity for himself to spark a run for governor or the senate over a minor fuel surcharge. He should be concerned about this massive consumer scam. The "art" company is bad enough, but the cruise line (and most of them do it) is aiding and abetting a con game designed to bilk their unsuspecting customers our of their hard earned money. fraud is the easiest thing in the world to indict and convict. Fraud is simply lying to get money.

I know, I have sent quite a few con men to the joint for less.

there is absolutely no reason why we, the cruising public, should tolerate such treatment by the cruise lines we have every right to trust.
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Default Park West at Sea, Art Auction Scams

We have had many, many reports of fraudulent misrepresentations and mark-ups of 1000% or more.

You can read a bunch of articles on the subject here:

http://www.fineartregistry.com/artic...estigation.php

You can get help at www.fineartregistry.com if you feel you have been duped.
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Some of this "art" that is handed out on cruises ends up on Ebay. That "$100 work of art" goes for $5 to $10.
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i wish they would discontiue this its serves no purpose except possibly mild entertainment if I am bored to attend these so-called art actions
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Been down this road on another thread.
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That doesn't suprise me at all, I always had a feeling. While I did like some of it, the prices were out of this world, I would never buy art on a cruise.
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If I have nothing else to do I like to go to the art auctions. They can be somewhat educational AND they have FREE Champagne. Now thats what I go for. I would never purchase anything and have always been skeptical of it. On the other hand my best friend has bought a few pieces and thinks they are actually worth what she paid or more. She knows my feelings on the subject so I don't feel the need to save her from herself.

I will probably still attend ocassionally just for the FREE Champagne.
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Art is subjective by its very nature. The best rule of thumb is only buy something if you want to look at it on your walls. 95% of ALL art goes down in value...way down. It is never a good investment...unless you are mega wealthy, can afford to gamble, have climate controlled storage and plan to leave it to descendants several generations from now. Even if you buy very high end from a dealer, significant increases in value only occur after 100 years after the artist's death. There are a few exceptions to that, but very few.
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It has always amazed me that anyone would buy the art on board. There are SO few pieces I would want in my home even if they were free. They seem to have so many garish ones in primary colors. I have often wondered why anyone would pay that much money for art on a ship. Good to see my suspicions were well grounded. I wouldn't mind if they left the ship entirely and used the space and time for something more interesting.
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I couldn't agree more with you KD.
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We bought art for the first time on board - PO Ship. We have three pieces being delivered - 1 Print, 1 Limited Ed and 1 orig. It was really fun experience - and when we arrived home the first piece was delivered only days later! The other two arrived well within the 6-8week delivery bracket. So for us it was a good experience!
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DH and I went for the free champagne.
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