Re: eBay - One Seller's Experiences

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Posted by Dave Bull on November 14, 2002 at 03:21:11:

In Reply to: Re: eBay - One Seller's Experiences posted by Call me S. (for Slow) on November 14, 2002 at 02:34:20:

:My lord! I've just caught the implications of your last note. So you are the "print making father".

"Pleased to meet you." (whoever you are!)

:I certainly did not mean to insult your daughter. There is nothing wrong with her selling your reprints, or you selling them in her name, or whatever the case may be.

A bit of confusion here? There is no overlap - I sell only my own prints, and none others; she sells only things she finds here in the shops, never my work.

: The only thing I would suggest is that the implication that these prints are the best to be found hunting in the print shops of Tokyo is an insult to that great city.

Honestly speaking, after re-reading the introduction she uses for her listings I don't see any such implication there, but I'll pass your comments on to her, and perhaps she will re-word it.

: Most eBayer buyers don't know (and no seller is telling them) that a large proportion of modern reprints are made with machine-made blocks of plastic - some sort of "woodblock"!

These indeed are a plague on the market. When they first appeared quite some years ago, the printers were not able to handle them well, and the resulting editions were abominations. But the men have gradually learned how to prints from these things, and it can now be extremely difficult to detect what kind of block (wood, plastic, metal) has been used to make any particular print. Laser cutting is also progressing rapidly, and if you think it's difficult to sort things out now just wait a few more years! :-(

: You are most welcome to have a collection of reprints. But I really wonder: is that what you are buying at eBay? My guess is not. Now, if I am right in this supposition, do tell: why is that?

I don't think there is much more for me to add: I buy beautiful prints, and I buy them wherever I can find them - in shops, in private sales, on Yahoo Auctions here in Japan (where there are some wonderful bargains to be found), and yes ... on eBay ...

Good day ...

Dave Bull

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