Re: LINK to: "Fraudulent Seller on eBay" Article

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Posted by Abe on December 07, 2002 at 18:24:18:

In Reply to: LINK to: "Fraudulent Seller on eBay" Article posted by Thomas Crossland ( on November 09, 2002 at 22:16:02:

There's enough irony here to cast a crooked bridge.

: If I may, as the co-associate (together with Dr Andreas Grund) of the website's posting to which Peter is referring, I'd like to jump in here and add these thoughts to this discussion on "eBay fraud."

: First, I would like to point out that the vast majority of eBay's "Japanese woodblock auction offerings" appear to be made at least honestly or with good intentions on the part of their Sellers--although there is often admittedly (and understandably) a lack of depth of knowledge on the part of many of these Seller's regarding Japanese woodblocks. So, althought there can often be "mis-representations" or "mis-statements" made by these Seller's, usually this is not done with the intent of dishonesty or fraud. Here then (as always) "Let the Buyer beware.

: On the other hand, the repeated and flagrant fraud being perpetuated by one "un-named" eBay Seller has continued to raise our blood-pressure to the point of where we finally decided this past summer to make a "posting" to our website's ongoing "Tid Bits Section" found in our website's extensive "Library" pages.

: What we observed then was an ongoing practice of both "odd margin-seal trimmings" and an apparent "deliberate aging" of many this Seller's prints. We felt then (and still do now) that the "best service" we could provide to our readers was to simply make them aware of this situation and to put them on alert. Here is a "link" to our specific June 22 article titled "#8 -- An eBay Fake Exposed: New Prints Made to "Look Old" -- Beware!!" so that the readers of this "UKIYO-E Q & A" discussion can further make up their own minds.

: As a final note, I would like to point out that it has long been our website's guiding policy to provide our readers with the most complete, accurate, and insightful information possible into the world of "Japanese woodblock print collecting." We invite all readers of this "UKIYO-E Q & A" discussion group to spend some time reviewing our website's extensive "Library" now containing over 20 "Articles" and 6 "Quick References."

: --Thomas Crossland

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