Anyone ever have any pet peeves about the way sellers list items on Ebay? Whether they're red flags for forgeries or just all around annoying quirks, here are the things I can't stand to see in any Ebay auction:
1) "Guaranteed to pass PSA/JSA or any third party authentication."
I don't even know where to begin on this one. From a personal standpoint, I don't have a particularly high amount of respect for any for the TPA's, so that assertion is inherently worthless to me. The other problem is that it's just an empty comment due to it's over use. Plenty of forgeries include this note, as though they're daring the buyer to even try to get it authenticated.
The other end of the spectrum isn't much better . . .
2) "PSA/DNA will say our items are forgeries because they're rotten, corrupt, incompetent, etc etc . . ."
Oh boy. This one's even better. Admitting that your items will fail TPA. Next . . .
3) Longwinded stories about how you obtained in person the most clearly forged item on the planet.
A paragraph about how you and your dad met Zeppelin years ago ago does magically make your terrible forgery look more legit. It just makes you look like a lying criminal.
4) A whole page dedicated to the celebrity's biography.
Seriously? We clicked on this random autograph, having no idea who it is? And now this seven paragraph bio is going to sell me on buying it? I've seen this bizarre antic for years on Ebay and even seller websites (even legitimate, honest sellers), and I absolutely don't get it. Waste of space at best.
5) Proof photos that prove nothing.
Some proof photos are thorough, clear, conclusive and fantastic evidence to support the autographed item's claim to authenticity. Most are not. The photos of Bruce signing in 1999 aren't going to convince me to buy your signed copy of Wrecking Ball.
6) Comes with an unnamed COA.
7) Comes with a COA from a company no one has ever heard of.
Filled out entirely by hand in a ball point pen no less.
Contrary to popular belief, your Pete Rose signed baseball is not rare.
9) "Exact proof photos are shown . . . but you can't have them, no matter how much cash you drop on this thing."
This one really gets me. If it's that EXACT photo getting signed, and I'm maying an arm and a leg for the luxury of this exact proof . . . then, yeah, I want the damned proof photo, too. That's what screen shots are for, I guess.
10) "I've been collecting for 20, 30, 40 years . . ."
Wow. Really? I haven't been collecting nearly that long, and I don't have a fraction of the forgeries you do.