Posted by Peter Gallagher on November 08, 2002 at 00:38:20:
Dear readers and fellow enthusiasts.
It has come to my notice that a particular seller on ebay is DELIBERATELY and REPEATEDLY masquerading prints as being far older than they are.
I have known this for some time, but as the seller and some of her prints in question have been documented on what I presume is a very well-known ukiyo-e site, and the seller in question "went quiet" for a while, I felt somebody had spoken up actively about it and the seller had ceased the practice.
I am convinced by the evidence that deliberate fraud is involved.
As I read the textual information accompanying the claim on the website, I knew immediately to whom it referred, even before seeing an actual print example (of one previously offered as "pre-1990's").
The seller has had prints on offer with the (presumably modern ) publishers seals stregically removed from the margins by cutting out PART of the margin (need I say more?), and the prints are stained and made to look old.
I noticed ,this evening that the same seller is up to her old tricks and frankly, having been the brunt of some genuine mistakes in my time, this deliberate fraudilent behaviour is getting to my conscience.
Surely innocent, trusting buyers are being duped by this seller?
Does anyone know how eBay considers complaints? (or how to go about making one?)
Is it likely to be effective to complain to or enlighten eBay about this?
Has anyone had experience of this?
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