[meteorite-list] LETTER FROM EBAY
From: dean bessey <deanbessey_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon Jul 26 09:37:30 2004
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.
Thank you for taking the time to write us. We know
your time is
and we appreciate your taking a moment to express
concern over this
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
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
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
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
However, I can suggest, if you would like, you can
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
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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Received on Mon 26 Jul 2004 09:37:27 AM PDT