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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 40, October 3, 1999, Article 9

CAVEAT EMPTOR  

   The laugh of the week comes from dealer Charles Davis: 
   "One of the nice things about selling on eBay is that photography 
   can be used at no additional cost thus allowing inexpensive items 
   to be illustrated.  One of the drawbacks, however, is the chance 
   that some rather naive bidders will get involved in something they 
   know nothing about.  

   Case in point: When I offer an auction catalogue I usually 
   photo the cover and an important page and place them side by 
   side in the lot description.  Last week I offered a Stack's sale of 
   George Perkin's Connecticuts with the cover and a plate page 
   illustrated. The lot sold for $15.50, and now the buyer wants her 
   money back because, despite the fact the item was sold under 
   the heading "U.S. Publications,"  the COINS WERE NOT 
   INCLUDED WITH THE CATALOGUE and thus I 
   misrepresented the lot. I enclose her letter below. I know I have 
   got $15.50 worth of laughs out of this and thought it would be 
   selfish for me not to share it with the group:  

   "Today I received the catalog that was pictured in the Ebay 
   auction for item #164384810.  

   On the Ebay page, the auction catalog cover was pictured on 
   the left, and what looked like some rather worn circulated coins 
   were pictured to the left, mounted in a board.  

   The coins were not included in the package I received.  

   If the catalog is the only thing that you were selling - and that I 
   paid $15.55 for - then that wasn't clear from the Ebay page, 
   and I'd like my money back. I will send the catalog back, 
   insured, but it definitely does not fulfill what I perceived as 
   being offered on the Ebay page.  

   I made a copy of the offer page at the time I placed my bid, 
   and nowhere can I find any mention that the only thing being 
   offered for sale was the catalog. I believed in good faith that 
   I was getting both things that were included in the picture." "  

   Perhaps this buyer would likewise be disappointed to find 
   that her Columbian coffee didn't actually come with a 
   pint-sized Juan Valdez and a donkey.  -Editor 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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