eBay Copyright Thieves & Crooks Named and Shamed
It's dishonest to copy photographs, and misleading to buyers.
papawn Using Copied Sovereign Images on eBay
Dishonest eBaymember papawn stole our 2001 Gold Sovereign photograph, & omitted, to alert buyers that the coin shown was not the same coin as being auctioned.
High eBay Feedback is No Guarantee of Integrity or Honesty
When we wrote this page, this eBay member's feedback was 807; with 98.9% positive according to eBay.
2001 BRITISH SOVEREIGN 1/4 OZ PURE GOLD w PENDANT BEZEL
2001 gold sovereign in good condition , weighs 8.0 grams . The coin in the picture is the one you will receive , a pendant bezel in 14k gold , wieghs 1.1 grams .
Buyer pays shipping , $15 registered airmail to Canada and USA , international bidders contact me for an exact shipping cost . We accept Paypal and Visa/Mastercard . Good luck and happy bidding !
We invest a great deal of time, effort, and cost into creating some of the best photographic coin images on the internet. We strongly object when lazy and dishonest people decide to use them without a by your leave or thanks, doing so in competition with us.
Copyright theft is dishonest. We recommend you avoid doing business with dishonest dealers.
This particular eBay seller not only stole our 2001 Gold Sovereign image, he has almost certainly deluded himself that his coin is identical condition to the one in our photograph. It's possible he is ignorant of such fine points as grading, or that his coin may or may not be in mint condition, as implied by the use of our photograph of a selected mint state specimen.
It is always possible, even likely, that sellers who steal photographs do not own a similar, and have the intention to defraud potential buyers.
The vendor is not only cheating us by stealing our copyright images, she is fraudulently or ignorantly misleading and deceiving all potential buyers. Gaining pecuniary advantage by deception is the definition of fraud.
He purports to be trustworthy by claiming "Bid with confidence check my feedback", but omits to say that he is dishonest enough to steal other people's hard work.
The seller is asking got a price of $206.05 US (equivalent to about £126) for this coin, on the 26th June when gold was about $935, eBay will make about $15 in fees, possibly plus PayPal fees.
We would have paid him more, with or without the nount, and without any eBay fees.
What a Dumbo!
eBay Guilty of Negligence or Complicity
We reported this example of copyright abuse using our standard Statutory Declaration via the eBay VeRO programme, and eBay have, not for the first time, chosen to ignore our report. We look forward to taking legal action against eBay for their negligence and / or complicity.
Seller ID||Item Number||Date||Description||Price
papawn||160347919271||16th Jul 2009||2001 BRITISH SOVEREIGN 1/4 OZ PURE GOLD w PENDANT BEZEL||$206.05
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