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Oliver Jewellery - August 3, 2007
235 out of 237 people found this review helpful. THE FOLLOWING IS A TRUE ACCOUNT OF A COUPLE'S ENCOUNTER WITH 'KING OF SCHLOCK' SHYSTER RUSSELL OLIVER:

On August 2, 2007 at approximately 2:20 PM when a couple attended Oliver's Eglinton Avenue store and presented Oliver and his 3 employees with just under 2 ounces of 14 karat (58% pure) and 18 karat (75% pure) gold and platinum rings - many of which containing numerous diamonds and semi-precious stones, a portly brown-haired man behind the counter picked up one of the couple's larger pieces - an 18 karat gold cocktail ring containing numerous diamonds and said: "these diamonds [strangely one of the strongest naturally occurring substances on Earth] are all broken" and turned to the couple and said: "For all these pieces, you've got between $150 and $200 worth of gold".

The couple - realizing that even using an average of 16 karats (which contains 66% pure gold) at 2 ounces and given the day's spot price of gold alone (not including the value of the silver in the 14 and 18 karat gold, the platinum, or the diamonds and semi-precious stones in many of the rings) was approximately $900 worth of gold, said to the man: "Are you sure, there's just under 2 ounces of 14 and 18 karat gold there and the spot price of gold is US $667 per ounce - so assuming an average of 16 karat or 66% pure gold, that's more like $900 worth of gold".

The portly brown-haired man quickly changed his tune and said: "Well how much were you hoping to get for all this jewellery."

The male customer replied to the portly brown-haired man: "If I wanted to be lied to, I'd have brought this estate jewellery to a used car salesman for an appraisal."

"Hold on!", the portly brown-haired man said, "I can show these pieces to Mr. Oliver if you'd like".

A few moments later, a younger bald man (not Russell Oliver) came out, looked at all the couple's pieces and exclaimed: "You've got $500 worth of gold here."

"You're not even close", said the male customer. "Besides there's at least $1,000 worth of diamonds and semi-precious stones here, not including the value of the silver and platinum and your guy first told us that the gold was only worth between $150 and $200 - which is it? $500 or $150? I know that if I lie to and cheat customers in my line of work, I go to jail, but apparently not in your business."

The bald man asked the male customer: "What line of work are you in?"

"I'm a banker", said the customer.

"Well we've got a lot of pull here - we can get you fired from your job at the bank.", said the bald man behind the counter.

Disgusted at the inference and the conduct of Oliver's employees, the couple demanded the return of their jewellery and began to leave Oliver's store. Just then, The 'King of Schlock' himself, Russell Oliver appeared and exclaimed to his two employees: "I want you to get a still of their faces - look into the camera over there, he said to the couple."

The couple took back their estate jewellery and began to leave Oliver's store. To their utter shock and amazement, Oliver and 3 of his employees, the portly brown-haired man, the bald man and another darker-skinned man who was previously seated behind a windowed wall at the back of the store, followed the couple out onto the sidewalk immediately in front of Eglinton Avenue, with Russell Oliver shouting and laughing: "What a bunch of losers - you're probably driving a stolen car - get their plate number". Oliver's 3 employees began pointing and laughing at the couple and smacking their knees as the couple entered their car and proceeded West along Eglinton Avenue.

To their utter shock and disgust, when the couple turned their car around at the first available street to proceed East along Eglinton and past Oliver's store, stopping for a traffic light, Oliver and his staff were still standing on the sidewalk, pointing to and laughing at the couple while Oliver himself shouted: "What a bunch of losers - look at their stolen car - bye-bye losers".

AVOID DOING ANY BUSINESS WITH THE 'KING OF SCHLOCK' AND SHYSTER RUSSELL OLIVER AND HIS DECEPTIVE BUSINESS PRACTICES AT ALL COST! HE AND HIS EMPLOYEES WILL LIE TO YOU ABOUT THE VALUE OF YOUR GOLD. ACCORDING TO TORONTO POLICE, OLIVER HAS BEEN INVESTIGATED NUMEROUS TIMES IN THE PAST AND HAS SPENT TIME IN THE BACK SEAT OF A POLICE CRUISER ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION.

I do not recommend this place.
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