[meteorite-list] LETTER FROM EBAY

From: Marc D. Fries <m.fries_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon Jul 26 10:19:27 2004
Message-ID: <1113.>


   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
> _____________________________________________________
> 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.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Geophysical Laboratory
5251 Broad Branch Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20015
PH:  202 478 7970
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Received on Mon 26 Jul 2004 10:19:21 AM PDT

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