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Sometimes People Lie

I recently wrote a post saying that most people are honest. At least, I have come to that conclusion after having completed a lot of transactions with a lot of people everywhere. I have had my share of disappointments when buying puzzles, but even in those cases I try not to presume bad intentions. However,…

Missing Piece Replacement

I have been considering for some time the possibility of starting a service to replace missing pieces in old puzzles. Educa’s Lost Piece Service is useful, but when the puzzle is 8 years old, replacements are not available anymore. The Jigsaw Doctor is a great alternative, and the people that have used the service are…

Buying Used Puzzles

We all know how it feels when we buy a used puzzle and it is incomplete. Sometimes we know long before the puzzle is assembled, when we feel it’s impossible we have missed that corner piece, or there is no way the white piece we are missing will be among all the dark ones that are left.…

Some Updates

Thank you very much to everyone who has provided input about features and appearance of the new website. The new WordPress theme has been giving me some trouble for some time, but some issues are being solved. Here are some updates: The problem with the display of the images in the catalog has been (finally)…

Testing the New Website

Here we go. During the next coming days you will often see the site down for maintenance and going back and forth through different changes and variations. It is because I am testing the different modules to be sure that everything keeps working. I hope the transition will not bee too bumpy. Feedback and suggestions are…

Raúl

This post is difficult to write, and perhaps I shouldn’t write it at all. However, now that the site is changing, it is important to provide some background on the genesis of Rare Puzzles and a reference for the future. The core and heart of Rare Puzzles is in this post. In March of 2015, my brother…

Life is Too Short…

… to count pieces of used puzzles. I recently received a beautiful card beautifully written from a friend and former customer, with an indeed beautiful photograph titled Florence under the Snow, Paris, 1950, by French photographer Édouard Boubat. It was a nice and elegant touch that I truly appreciated. Among the smart things that my friend…

Country Restriction Removed

There is an important change that Rare Puzzles needed. When buyers outside of Spain wanted to get a puzzle, they contacted me first, then I reserved the puzzle for them, and finally I provided a shipping quote based on the size, weight, and country of delivery. By default, only addresses within Spain could order directly on the…

Thank you!

It’s been a year. Rare Puzzles was launched around a year ago. Many of you know the very particular circumstances around the creation of the site. Now it is time for some changes. There were initially just a dozen puzzles available. After a year, puzzles have been sent to Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany,…