[meteorite-list] Re: [ I.M.C.A. ] Ebay asks for your help!

From: David Freeman <dfreeman_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri Jul 9 17:54:54 2004
Message-ID: <40EF142F.3050207_at_fascination.com>

Dear Ken, List members, fellow IMCA membership;
My serious thought is that ebay is years behind sending out this
email.....I feel that IMCA or individuals with IMCA backing should offer
some form of assistance, or have ebay add a link to meteorite auctions
to a basic meteorite info page, or IMCA page.....either or....that page
probably already exists somewhere...even a basic meteorwrong
identification page, or three.
The two fold effect would be: to offer some comfort to the buyer and to
increase buyer knowledge of the IMCA and of any concerns being an IMCA
AND EBAY concern, and on the seller's end to positively remind sellers
to their auction. With a link on the #3239 auctions, all would be
treated the same, and the frauds would realize that there is someone
there, and ebay would have some guidance when any suspect items come up.
And that is my opinion. Those hundreds of honest meteorite dealers
would be blessed to have IMCA link on their auction whether they are a
member or not, and the scoundrels and miss lead sellers would have to
stop and think twice...and ebay would have some help, or one more rung
in the ladder to buyer/seller safety.
Hope this is helpful,
Dave Freeman

ken newton wrote:

>I.M.C.A. received the following email from Ebay today. I checked the
>headers and it appears to be a genuine
>request. Since this affects the entire meteorite community, we would
>also like to include your valid suggestion
>whether you are in I.M.C.A. or not. Please give this some serious thought.
>Thank you for your attention to this matter.
>Ken Newton
>International Meteorite Collectors Association
>I work in the eBay Trust and Safety department. Part of my
>responsibility is to ensure the security of the marketplace and set
>potential bidder's minds at ease when it comes to bidding on items. I
>am attempting to do this in the meteorites category by contacting
>organizations that are experts in that field. That is why I am
>contacting you today.
> I was wondering if you would be willing to offer some suggestions for
>ways in which we can improve the meteorite marketplace on eBay. Any
>information you care to provide would be appreciated.
> If you would prefer a phone call, I would be willing to call you at
>your convenience. I appreciate your time and efforts.
> Respectfully,
>eBay Trust & Safety"
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Received on Fri 09 Jul 2004 05:54:55 PM PDT

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