eBay Copyright Thieves & Crooks Named and Shamed
It's dishonest to copy photographs, and misleading to buyers.
sparkrider Using Copied Sovereign Images on eBay
eBay seller sparkrider of Thornton-Cleveleys, United Kingdom, not only stole our 1913 George V Gold Sovereign image without permission, but failed to inform buyers that the coin pictured was not the same as he was selling. He also described his coin as in excellent condition, which it may or may not be.
Many coin owners and eBay sellers appear to delude themselves. We wonder who he is trying to fool?
1913 George V Gold Full Sovereign
This was left to me by my mother and as (sic) been keep in a box ever since, so is in good condition.
Will send 1st class post.
UK bidders only thanks
Any questions please ask
Seller ID||Item Number||Date||Description||Price
sparkrider||140339187224||12th Aug 2009||1913 George V Gold Full Sovereign||£65
First it is dishonest to steal images. We select the best coins from thousands of sovereigns, then take high quality photographs of them, followed by extensive post production work (airbrushing) to make them look even better. This draws on our wealth of experience, education, training, trial and error. Our two graduate photographers work very hard to produce our high quality pictures. We have invested thousands of pounds in equipment and software. When some dishonest eBay vendor thinks it is acceptable to use them without our permission, we get more than a little annoyed. If we were a family business from Sicily, we would send one of the boys round to talk to them. If we were in Northern Ireland, we could set the Intellectual Rights Association onto them. As things stand, we simply report them to eBay, who usually get round to removing the copyright infringements. We also request full contact details of the eBay member so that we can take legal action against them, or send them a warning.
Not only does it infringe our rights, it is an attempt to deceive any and all potential buyers. This is fraud, which is a criminal offence.
We thoroughly recommend any potential eBay buyers to avoid dealing with this crooked member.
The seller was asking a starting price of £65 for his coin, which is a strange price. Either start low at £0.99 to save listing fees, or start at a realistic minimum price. £65 is neither one nor the other.
The coin "sold" for £150; but eBay selling fees are 10% on the first £400, plus any PayPal fees (up to about 5%), , so he will have to pay at least £15 to eBay.
He would have been better off selling the coin direct to us. We bet he will not offer us a 10% commission for the use of our photograph!
High eBay Feedback is No Guarantee of Integrity or Honesty
When we wrote this page, this eBay member's feedback was 285; with 100% positive according to eBay, which all goes to show that you cannot rely on the eBay feedback system as any indication of the honesty or integrity of the member.
Selling Gold Sovereigns & Other Coins on eBay
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