That's one of the reasons I call that auction flea-bay and other names, all they want to do is protect their bottom line re fees and such, they will do nothing much to stop fraud, thats why law enforcement calls them America's Fence.[>:]
eBay is definitely frustrating sometimes. The other day I listed an old bottle from the 1920's from Havana, Cuba and they pulled it because they claimed it violated the US embargo on Cuban goods. Seriously?
Irritates me as well.I complained to Greg Spurgeon who you know is a leader in the world of color because he was selling "zapped" purple (as he calls it) on his NAG auction and he acknowledged it was just a few pieces in a larger and more authentic collection and "what was he to do?"! He was contracted to sell the collection and he did just that. I thought it almost sacreligious.Joel
Though it didn't bother me enough to stop buying from him. What was he to do?
One slightly positive aspect of ebay is the numerous irradiated bottles popping up.You see so many nuked bottles, it gets pretty easy to spot it. As frustrated as I get thinking people are being "duped", I have chosen to let them figure it out on their own or I get this urge to intervene and save someone...it is an act of futulity.The "seller" claims the piece is real...the "buyer" is wanting to believe it is the real deal. I believe most experienced collectors recognize the phony "topaz" shade when aqua bottles are nuked. The mega dark amethyst, and other shades stick out like a sore thumb after awhile. I have been torn between feeling sorry for the poor suckers paying big bucks for that crap, and feeling angry that some seller is actually selling the junk as genuine. All I can do is control my own choices. I will never sell a knowingly altered bottle, and will educate others if they are standing next to me at a bottle show...other than that, it is a definite lesson. I love my deep cobalt National Bitters ear of corn...