It can be very offputting to inexperienced members like myself receiving comments that seem to make fun of my lack of knowledge, the last time this happened I didn't visit the boards for over a year, seems nothings changed
Hello.....!!! You started off by saying the dealer gave it to you for nothing. That might have tipped you the wink that it wasn't terribly valuable.
Dealers don't give valuable things away normally!
Ivo then identified it for you and you indicated that because you didn't like it you were going to sell it. So if you do sell it, that is at a result of the help you've got here.
Then you asked what it is worth and you got some teasing because (a) its been established that it is something that a dealer can't sell and (b) that you actually don't like it.
If you had said that it was your favourite bowl in the world, nobody would have pulled your leg and said it looked like catsick, or that somewhere there might be someone who would like it enough to part with money for it. And nobody was in any way suggesting that this has anything
to do with how experienced or inexperienced you are - it just doesn't come in to it.
Everybody has their reasons for being sensitive and it is difficult to tell how someone will read what seems to be benign. Actually yesterday, I learnt of the loss of two friends, both of whom died earlier this year. So all day I was feeling particularly sad. This thread cheered me up, and my post was intended to be completely light hearted. If it had ever crossed my mind that it could be construed as offensive or off putting I would never have made it. The last thing I would wish to do is to offend anybody. My apologies and I don't care*
if moderators wish to remove all or any of my posts.
*English people will consider the use of this expression as being rather rude and inappropriate. Americans will perceive it as benign as in the US it is the equivalent of saying "I don't mind", which does perhaps prove a point.