I belong to a guild of coin ring craftsmen and woman that take what we do very Seriously. We have or own facebook page, coin ring crafters, and held our first convention this summer. Well, we found out that someone had been stealing photos of some of our members and passing them off as their own. We finally found out that the one doing it is going but the name “Hand Crafted Crap Co.” on etsy. And is selling quarter rings for as low as $3.00 a piece. Now, other than the fact that any company that uses the word “crap” in it’s name should raise red flags, I can tell you right now that what his customers are paying for simple pocket change.

On the other hand, when myself or a member of the guild makes a quarter ring, or any other coin ring, we obtain it at our local coin shop, it is either a very fine clad, a proof or silver. And if we wouldn’t buy it ourselves, we wouldn’t put it up for sale on our sites. But, you get what you pay for.

If you want to buy cheap, you get shitty workmanship. I myself made rings for 2 1/2 years before I put my first one up for sale, and have met other “ringers” that have gone even longer honing their skill before making their first sale. I have also had people tell me that they have ordered these el-cheapo rings and that if they had known of mine, they would have paid the extra money because what they had bought looked like shit.

But as I said…..you get what you pay for.