Re: eBay - One Seller's Experiences

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Posted by Dave Bull on November 14, 2002 at 00:35:42:

In Reply to: Re: eBay - One Seller's Experiences posted by Das K. on November 13, 2002 at 22:30:03:

: You are absolutely right about the market demand being a main (though not sole) determinant of price. Unfortunately, market demand at eBay seems to have little to do with quality, value or rarity, but with "clean-looking" prints and easily recognized names and works. Surely you know that these reprints are not the ones you'd want to keep for yourself, and not what most of the people here are after.

Aha! Now I see where there has been a major point of misunderstanding between us here - you are looking at 'rarity' and 'value' as the only determinants of whether any particular print should be on eBay or not! In your view, sellers offering 'rare and valuable' prints (and at low prices of course) are 'good', and people offering reprints (now matter how intrinsically beautiful they might be) are 'bad'.

You are of course completely at liberty to hold such a view, but please understand that there is a whole world of people out there who would beg to differ. I myself have drawers full of reprints, shelves groaning with them, and love to get my hands on good ones whenever I can. Of course a lot of the stuff out there on offer is junk - junk originals and junk reprints alike. But to a lot of us collectors, whether or not the print is 'original' or 'reprint' is not as important as whether or not it is well-made and attractive. (As a man who makes his living making reprints, what else could I say :-)

The young woman who searches through the stock of Tokyo dealers looking for good prints at reasonable prices shares this view with me (I know her 'quite' well :-) She was somewhat upset the other day to see that you had lumped her in together with people who were engaged in truly unethical behaviour (outright misrepresentation, etc.).

eBay is indeed 'the world's marketplace' and there is room out there for all different viewpoints on what makes a 'good' item. That's one of the things that makes it so much fun and such a useful place for finding 'just what I have been looking for ....' kind of items.

You say that: ... the way the system is set up leads to a gradual reduction in quality, but I don't think that this is true. Everything is out there, junk and treasure ... Which is which? We each make our own decision ...


Dave Bull

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