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eBay Copyright Thieves & Crooks Named and Shamed
It's dishonest to copy photographs, and misleading to buyers.

shorgarna Using Copied Sovereign Images on eBay
eBay seller shorgarna of blackwood, Caerphilly, United Kingdom, not only stole our 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Sovereign Photographs without permission to sell his own sovereign, but failed to state that the photos were not of his actual coins, thereby deceiving all potential buyers.

High eBay Feedback is No Guarantee of Integrity or Honesty
When we wrote this page, this eBay member's feedback was 109 with 100% Positive Feedback according to eBay.

Sample Listing

2002 GOLDEN JUBILEE SOVEREIGN

A STUNNING QUEEN ELIZABETH 11 GOLD BULLION COIN,
ISSUED FOR THE GOLDEN JUBILEE IN 2002
A 22CT GOLD PROOF FULL SOVEREIGN
FROM THE ROYAL MINT
STILL IN UNOPENED ISSUE PACKET
MEASURES 22MM IN DIAMETER
A REAL INVESTMENT
7.98 GRAMS OF 22CT GOLD

What's Wrong?
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 high quality images of a 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Gold sovereign, he used them in his eBay auctions to try to sell his own sovereign without saying it was not the same coin. Anyone viewing the photographs would expect them to be the same, near perfect condition coin, "airbrushed" to make them look like supermodels.

It is always possible, even likely, that sellers who steal photographs do not own a similar coin, and have the intention to totally defraud potential buyers.
The vendor is not only cheating us by stealing our copyright images, he is fraudulently or ignorantly misleading and deceiving all potential buyers. Gaining pecuniary advantage by deception is the definition of fraud.

Seller IDItem NumberDateDescriptionPrice
shorgarna23059836138419th March 20112002 GOLDEN JUBILEE SOVEREIGN£150.00

Price
The seller was asking for a Starting Price of 150.00.
Whatever the item "sold" for, after eBay's greedy 10% selling fees, and possible PayPal charges, the crook may have been much better off selling the coins to us, instead of stealing our photographs.

eBay Guilty of Negligence or Complicity
We will be reporting this example of copyright abuse using our standard Statutory Declaration via the eBay VeRO programme, and wait to see if they chose to action or ignore our report. We look forward to taking legal action against eBay for their negligence and / or complicity if they fail to take down the offending material promptly.

Apology Received
On Sunday 27th March 2011, we received the following e-mail from shorgarna:

Hi,
I am emailing (sic) you with reference to eBay listing : 230598361384 - 2002 GOLDEN JUBILEE SOVEREIGN. I can only apologise for this as I had no idea that I was not allowed to use images off the Google Search engine.
I can assure you that I will only be using my own photographs for any future listings on eBay.
Yours Sincerely,
Andrew Shaw
At least he was polite and apologetic.

Selling Gold Sovereigns & Other Coins on eBay
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