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Old August 24th, 2013, 06:55 PM   #13
Jeff Sun
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 23

One additional observation: My wife and I call it. "The cousin in Bethesda." phenomena. Many of the Istanbul dealers seem to have a brother, sister, cousin, somewhere in the US....and they're not afraid to drop names and place names of people they know and places they've been.

But it changed a little bit this time around.

One particularly reputable dealer, who I did indeed end up buying from asked: "Do you know Marla Mallett?

After a short chuckle, our answer, of course was. "Yes...but not personally. We know of her by reputation.".
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