[meteorite-list] LETTER FROM EBAY
From: Michael Farmer <meteoritehunter_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon Jul 26 10:50:34 2004
Guys, with MILLIONS of auctions on at any time, it is not Ebay's job to be
police. Think about it, do they know the laws regarding everything from Cars
to meteorites to artifacts?
If it looks fake don't buy it, let the buyer beware.
I am not saying that we can't call a fake a fake, but you can forget about
ebay's help, hell, they let Matteo back on after a two week suspension for
scamming me buy making a new name and bidding on a bunch of my items after I
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marc D. Fries" <m.fries_at_gl.ciw.edu>
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2004 7:19 AM
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] LETTER FROM EBAY
> I have a similar story - about a year ago I came across someone selling
> "AZTEC TEMPLE ARTIFACTS" that the seller claimed he had pocketed while
> no one was looking on a trip to Chichzen Itza (sp??) in Mexico. I
> contacted ebay on their "theft, fraud, abuse, or what-not" page and
> received a very similar email in response.
> How much more blatant can one get? "Aztec temple artifacts" lifted,
> transported back to the States, and posted on ebay??? I was shocked to
> watch the auction go all the way to its posted finish.
> Don't count on these yahoos to do any policing of meteorite, or any
> other, sales.
> > After reporting to ebay an obvious fake listed on ebay
> > I get this response. Thought that some of you might
> > be interested. There is no doubt whatsoever that what
> > I was reporting was a fake. Read em and weep.
> > Cheers
> > DEAN
> > _____________________________________________________
> > Hello,
> > Thank you for taking the time to write us. We know
> > your time is
> > valuable
> > and we appreciate your taking a moment to express
> > concern over this
> > particular item.
> > Since eBay does not possess or examine the items that
> > are listed on our
> > site, we are not in the best position to judge the
> > legality or
> > authorized nature of the item for auction. This means
> > that we cannot
> > remove items, such as the one you have reported. Of
> > course there may be
> > occasions where we do act on items such as these, but
> > only in extreme
> > circumstances.
> > We truly appreciate your knowledge about these types
> > of items, however,
> > we often cannot remove items based on representations
> > of third parties.
> > The reason for this is because we can not
> > independently verify the
> > credentials and accuracy of the information that is
> > provided by third
> > parties. As a result of this, unless the item is, in
> > our judgement,
> > plainly prohibited by law or by our own rules, we
> > instead rely on help
> > from government agencies for an authoritative view on
> > the legality of a
> > particular auction.
> > However, I can suggest, if you would like, you can
> > contact the
> > appropriate government or law enforcement agency
> > regarding this issue.
> > eBay has a longstanding policy of providing full
> > cooperation with law
> > enforcement agencies and we will gladly assist them in
> > an investigation
> > of unlawful conduct.
> > Again, thank you for your report. We appreciate your
> > help in keeping
> > eBay a safe and reputable forum to conduct business.
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> Marc D. Fries, Ph.D.
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