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EBay facing a lawsuit...

Discussion in '2006 Archive' started by I Am Blessed 24, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. I Am Blessed 24

    I Am Blessed 24 Active Member

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    Penelope Patsuris,
    Forbes.com,

    NEW YORK - EBay is facing a lawsuit demanding that the Web's largest auction site be responsible for the authenticity of the items sold on each of the four million auctions it hosts daily.

    The suit, still in its early stages, was filed by six people who claim they purchased forged sports memorabilia on eBay (nasdaq: EBAY). The plaintiffs seek to make it a class-action suit.

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  2. Daisy

    Daisy New Member

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    I would've thought this would be a case of "buyer beware" as Ebay couldn't possibly inspect items sold from individuals' homes.

    It will be interesting to see how this turns out.
     
  3. Johnv

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    I've bought and sold on Ebay many times. It's definitely a case of buyer beware. In fact, Ebay makes it somewhat easy for a bidder to check out the history of any seller.

    I doubt very highly that Ebay will lose in court.
     
  4. larry9179

    larry9179 New Member

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    We're just a law-suit happy society. If someone else has got it and you can't get it honestly, sue them and get it legally, whether it's owed to you or not.
     
  5. fromtheright

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    It seems to me they should get out on summary judgement.
     
  6. El_Guero

    El_Guero New Member

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    Unfortunately,

    This will probably hurt good buyers and sellers on the internet.

    And it will probably help people like those trying to make a big profit on baseball cards.
     
  7. donnA

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    Anything like that should be accomapnied by a certificate of authenticity, I've seen it many times on ebay auctions of star autographs. It is at least a start to getting what you paid for. I wouldn't buy an auction like this without it.There is no possible way for ebay to inspect items on auction to make sure they are what they say they are. Ebay is a big company now, and that attracts lawsuits for anything you can think of.
     
  8. donnA

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    This kind of thing also drives up fees, which I certainly can not appreciate.
     
  9. Karen

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    Sounds like the suit is going nowhere if this is the most current information. The link is dated 10/2000.

    Karen
     
  10. Baptist in Richmond

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    &lt;spitting coffee as I read this fantastic comment&gt;

    That was absolutely HILARIOUS!!

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Hope this post finds you well,
    BiR
     
  11. I Am Blessed 24

    I Am Blessed 24 Active Member

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    The only reason I posted the older link is because it explained what was going on better than any other I could find.

    It was just on the news last week. That's how I found out about it.

    I guess it has progressed to the 'court' stage.

    Here is a link from yesterday. It may not be going anyplace fast, but it IS going...

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  12. Rachel

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    Thanks for the info Sue. [​IMG]
     
  13. RockRambler

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    One of the big problems with EBAY is on coins. Many "Morgan" Silver Dollars and Mexican silver dollars from the 1800s are sold as genuine when they are counterfeits from China. EBAY will not allow the sellers to advertise them as counterfeits, even though some of the Mexican counterfeits may be worth more than the genuine. A lot of people are buying "Morgan" silver dollars with dates from the late 1800s and early 1900s that were made in China in the late 1990s, then shipped to Hong Kong and New York. Yet EBAY does nothing to alert buyers to this scam.
     
  14. Hope of Glory

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    That's not eBay's responsibility, unless they are made aware of the situation. I know from personal experience, if you report anything questionable to eBay, they will investigate, and take any appropriate action. A person from whom I bought a car on eBay was charged with fraud for selling a non-working item. (It was listed as non-working, BTW.) So, even though he listed it as non-working, they contacted me and had me send in a notarized statement, and asked if I would be willing to testify if it came down to it.

    eBay is serious, but they cannot and should not be held liable for every scammer out there, before the fact.
     
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    That's the point though Hope of Glory...EBAY is aware of the scam on coins. Some dealers have attempted to list Mexican silver dollars as fake or counterfeit,(since the counterfeits can be worth more than the originals) but EBAY will not let them citing their policies against counterfeit goods. But then at the same time they do nothing when it is reported that sellers are bidding out counterfeit "morgan" silver dollars through EBAY.

    All in all I've found EBAY to be great...but coins should not be trusted on their site.
     
  16. Johnv

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    Has anyone noticed the irony that the thread about the "Suit" was started by "Sue"??

    I thought it was kinda funny... [​IMG]
     
  17. I Am Blessed 24

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    If they had any legitimate reason to believe they were counterfeit, they would stop it in a heartbeat.
     
  19. Phillip

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    How do you get or make counterfeit coins? Is someone with a machine shop punching them out of another metal such as an alloy of nickel? Just curious. This sounds strange.
     
  20. Gina B

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    Karen, there was a man in Ohio who was sentenced to death, and that made headlines the other day.

    The actual news story on it was from the 70's.

    It obviously had somewhere to go. Unfortunately for the guy, huh?!

    Whenever action happens on a highly controversial/high interest case, all it takes is a bit of paperwork to bring it back to the surface.

    BiR, I'm not sure what was so amusing about Karen's comment. Can you explain why it was funny? I don't get it! Don't leave us poor slow learners out! :)
     
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