1) Can you prove to eBay that they're fake? 2) eBay responds to trademark and copyright holders and others who suffer economic loss from the sale of fakes. Do you suffer an economic loss from the sale of these fakes? 3) For all eBay knows or cares, you're just a crank who doesn't know what you're talking about. Can you prove that you do know what you're talking about?
Multiple loud trumpets of "run away from this seller" going on here.
1) Multiple negative feedback comments about FAKE overprints and stamps 2) No certificates 3) No scans of the backs 4) No catalog numbers referenced 5) A focus on overprints and "essays" 6) 99 cent starting bids
This is a prime example of eBay not giving a *%$#.
Love the large amount of Darrah overprints. Unluckily for this seller Siegel happens to have a beautifully illustrated and researched auction coming up full of Darrah overprints. Unluckily only if any of the nimrods bidding on this stuff knows what Siegel is and does some due diligence. Or even reads the feedback.
Here are some feedback selections:
Quote: Attention, all bpp test stamps are fake. I handed the bpp inspection stamps over to the stamp inspector Schlegel for inspection. His verdict. imitation, fake, not real! Achtung, alle BPP-Prüfstempel sind gefälscht. Ich habe die Prüfstempel BPP dem Briefmarken Prüfer Schlegel zur Prüfung übergeben. Sein Urteil. nachgemacht, gefälscht, nicht echt !
Quote: Utterly fraudulent 'stamp'. The Malacca stamp wasn't issued until 1949, yet this had a 1943 seal. Seller pleaded innocence but refunded promptly. Sadly he is still listing other fake stamps...
Sadly I buy such fakes (or facsimiles) when they are within one of my areas to have them as a reference when the fake is dangerous for proper identification. Thus I am willingly and knowing spending my money in a manner I am not suffering economic loss.
FWTW, the copyright, if any, is often long expired.
Edit: While I saw the negative and neutral feed back, what is so troubling is the large amount of positive feed back often coming in large groups from one buyer with many such buyers. It does not look like there is shilling going on, plus the sold prices are often a mere tiny fraction of catalog for a genuine item. Thus it appears many still buyers buy at prices which indicate the buyers know what they are buying. Of course there can just be multiple clueless bidders each competing for a steal of a price compared to catalog, and are happy to not ask questions when the material arrives.
Quote: All those poor smucks paying $40 for a fake though......
I agree but note that even fakes and forgeries have a market value for some folks, perhaps not us, but some folks.
Remember much of the "Old Masters" art work hung in homes are reproductions which is an art world term for "fake" or "forgery" that has become accepted. Of course my 'Dogs Playing Poker' is an original, right?
I just tallied his per day sales from his sold listings and this POS is raking in over $1,000 daily. This is not small-time fraud. Come on eBay. LE needs to get more involved with this stuff and eBay needs to take a good hit for facilitating it.
Alub - Don't get me wrong. This is a great thing. The rub is that a card listing must be listed at or sell for more than $500 which does nothing to stem any of the types of fraud in this topic. Still, it would be a welcome development in the stamp categories. Have to start somewhere. I really like that the cert is done separate of the buyer and seller thus eliminating the cert fraud that sellers like Philip Ryle engage in.
There's already been some discussion on eBay requiring that for all collectibles above a certain threshold. There was a pretty good discussion over on the Conversations with Philatelists podcast on this not too long ago where they talked about the potential impact of all stamp transactions above a certain amount being required to be authenticated.