I do not purchase anything on eBay
. Nor do I pay any attention to the ASDA logo.
There are ethical sellers on eBay
and the best of them are ASDA members or APS Dealer members. While some buyers can fend for themselves, less experienced collectors should pay attention to dealer affiliations. Buyers who encounter issues with ASDA or APS dealers have some recourse. While eBay
and PayPal also offer protection, buyers must be able to identify problems in a timely manner before the money disappears. Using a credit card to pay through PayPal retains the high ground somewhat longer than a debit transaction. Buyers who look for the lowest price or fall for "too good to be true" offers should expect to be burned over and over.
It would be helpful if the OP reported his findings to the ASDA at:email@example.com
It would be very helpful to report the results back to this forum. If the ASDA is not enforcing the code of ethics, some members may run for the exits. It would also be useful to report the same listings to the APS and ask for a hearing by the Board of Vice Presidents. If the BVP makes a finding against, disciplinary actions will be published in the APS Journal. Unfortunately, the eBay
process is a black hole with no transparency. If eBay
determines that the listing violates some rule, it is removed, thereby hiding any evidence. Anecdotal reports suggest that eBay
account representatives have the ability to block listing removals for high volume sellers.
Buyers can improve the marketplace by supporting ASDA and APS dealers.