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Yes, how does that happen?  I think I’ve sold about 12 things my entire life on eBay.  

One time, about three or four years ago, I was selling something with an Epperson LOA.  And in my selfish interest to get more views, I put in the description, “Epperson LOA, NOT PSA or JSA”

I admit the reason I did so was because I know many people will search for an item like this: “John Doe signed PSA”.  But I didn’t think what I did was so terrible.

Apparently ebay thought it was a very bad thing, however.  They took down my listing, and told me I was trying to mislead customers, and that I could relist the item without mention of PSA or JSA.  So of course, i complied with their order.

The message, however, that I got from eBay was very threatening.  They told me if I ever did that again, I could face penalties such as being severely restricted as a seller...or not allowed to sell on eBay again.

And yet...this guy is allowed to keep selling on eBay!

That’s strange to say the least, the only thing I could think of on why eBay took your small issue and not this sellers full history of fraudulent sales  is that maybe because they found the error in the listing themselves and  not from other consumers, of course I may be way off base and the reason I gave really doesn’t make much sense but neither does the reason why they don’t reprimand this seller from obviously being shady and dishonest 

The bottom line answer is that ebay is obviously making enough money in fees from the seller to put up with the fraud he is perpetrating.  In most areas, ebay is all about being on the side of, and protecting, the buyer in every transaction.  But, if a seller generates them enough revenue, the calculus changes.

I'm a big believer in researching a seller's ebay feedback before taking a plunge as a buyer. It's a seller's (and buyer's) rap sheet. It tells you almost everything pertaining to the chances of a successful transaction with a seller (or buyer). This seller's feedback is by no means the worst I've seen. Not even close. I've seen seller's with 80% positive feedback and a litany of negatives, and yet their most recent feedback shows buyers still willing to buy, and ebay still willing to platform their business.

So, this delightful piece of history sold to one bidder at the starting bid of $399. However, a buyer with big pockets has a second chance, considering that eBay seller duke1776 is now offering a similar cut signature for $6695.00 plus $100.00 postage. (That’s a lot of stamps on a half ounce envelope.) The authentic signature comes with certificate of authenticity, serial number #745467 deeming that this cut signature from Feb. 7 1864 is authentic. I can only guess that the paper was  carbon dated with incredible accuracy because no date at all appears on this tiny scrap of paper. Ain’t eBay wonderful?

So what in the blue blazes does CV Publishers have to do with autograph authentication?


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