Below is a link to Rich Mueller's "Sports Collectors Daily" from August 5th, 2018.
Rich, by the way, does a great job of posting hobby-related news and I highly recommend subscribing (doesn't cost a penny) to his daily column.
I want to thank Rich for posting the below.
Quoting Ebay representative Audrey Zwibelman "“Authentication at eBay in general, and not just this category, is near and dear to our hearts,” she said. “It’s a huge priority for us.”
Is that why, Audrey, you and Ebay, in my opinion, have allowed and enabled the "Florida" forgeries and other obvious garbage to flood Ebay over the last twenty years, which in turn makes it difficult for dealers/collectors to sell their authentic items!!!
As a matter of fact, from my observations over the last few years, Ebay no longer enforces their own "Banned COA List."
Then you go on to say that you want collectors/dealers on Ebay to take advantage of the "Report A Listing" option.
And according to Audrey, "Ebay has a security team which reviews (and in my opinion ignores) those reports on a daily basis."
Is she (Audrey Zwibelman) serious!!!
Since the EMR Team was terminated years ago, I must have "Reported" hundreds upon hundreds of auctions (forgeries) and they simply get ignored.
And to top it off, I would have at least a half-dozen of my collector friends "Report" the same auctions and not one has ever been removed!!!
So what she (Audrey Zwibelman) says is bogus, in my opinion.
I'm not sure which (Audrey Zwibelman or Gordon Cheng) genius said this, but they commented on giving "tips for sellers."
They said "One of those that seems basic but often results in missed opportunities for sellers is making sure you’re ahead of the curve when it comes to selling items of specific players and hot teams. The resulting interest on eBay often comes from beyond the realm of avid collectors. It’s true of any collectibles market. The most important things are stay on top of pop culture and by that I mean current trends and events,” Cheng suggested. “If a player is really hot, like Shohei Ohtani this year or Aaron Judge last year, just make sure you stock up on their items and have plenty of them to sell."
Talk about genius. Geez.
If we all knew next year's hot player(s) or item, we would all be rich buying them low and selling high.
The irony being, Ebay wants all us to be "ahead of the curve" on "loading up on next year's hot items," while Ebay "remains behind the curve when it comes to "Authentication at Ebay in general."
I'll be polite when I write "Ebay's facade is transparent."