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EBAY - Report a seller

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EBAY - Report a seller

I search Ebay quite a lot, particularly for "interersting" Morse Keys....

 

I came across this item...

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-GCHQ-desk-draw-cold-war-telegraph-morse-key-for-X-MAS-QRP-/3916336...

 

Which, looks interesting.... and indeed.. reading the description, I became VERY interested... so much so, that I contacted the seller, and asked him  " Do you have any provenance/evidence that this key was used at GCHQ?"   his response was "no"... and then he said he sells his items from what people tell him... and added he had looked on Google images to see if there was another key like it somewhere... and also that he was going to contact a couple of collectors in the USA to see what they thought about it..

 

I replied, that he should not be advertising it with the description, and that it was "misleading, and misrepresentation".

 

     I then went into a short description of why I did not think that particular key had been anywhere near GCHQ... the first of which was the quality of the constructional parts, the construction itself, and the fact that the spring was being retained by a brokeen bolt at the back ( see pics

 

).. It looks to me, as if it were made by a radio amateur, from odd bits of junk metal he had in a scrap box somewhere..

... whilst I have no objection to guys doing that, I do object to someone trying to CON people on EBAY, into thinking they are bidding ( will win) something that was, supposedly,  used in GCHQ ...

GCHQ would have used a quality manufacturer, if they had wanted a specialist key... this one definitely does not even get near the words "quality manufacturer"

 

I have tried to contact EBAY, but they only seem to have "standard format" q&a type forms, none of which actually covers misrepesenting discriptions of items for sale...  

 

anyone any ideas how to pass on my information to EBAY ?

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i aint no expert but it definatley look like a Mr Bodgit   home made item and he wants £199.99 
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YUP !... so,... he states it is from GCHQ... and to back that up, he puts a premium price on it... 

 

No Way would I pay that much for a key.... but somebody who don`t know better, MIGHT ... and he would have been well and truly CONNED by the seller.

 

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Re: EBAY - Report a seller

What about the "report item" link just above the description (on the rhs)
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Re: EBAY - Report a seller

I went on the site and noticed that no questions had been asked about the item. Why is that I wonder?

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Re: EBAY - Report a seller

It is up to the seller to actively post the questions.
Maybe he doesn't want to "prove" it isn't from GCHQ.
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Then there we have it I guess, it's a con.

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HairyMcbiker wrote:
What about the "report item" link just above the description (on the rhs)

 

@HairyMcbiker as mentioned in my original post.... misrepresentation/ lying discription is not covered by the proforma q& a format for reports.

 

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Could be worse shutter, you might have paid for this. What a bargain! Wink

 

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Re: EBAY - Report a seller

I suspect ebay are not interested unless you had purchased the item, then they would have little choice other than to take action.

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Re: EBAY - Report a seller

Which would involve at best just getting your money back.

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can anybody tell me how to  do a highlight mention someone in a post

i.e. @ somebody, ta.

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Yes,  I followed that route, and as reported in the original post... and my reply to HB .. the proforma q&a reporting does not include misrepresentation as something to report.. 

 

There is no "text" box to fill in your own version... just click this, or that, as an answer.

 

 

@2u2me (like this Huh )    you use  shift and @   Then you get a list of people... just click on the one you want to mention...then add a space after it, to start your post... Wink

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Hi,

e-Bay is actually quite a dodgy site once u scratch beneath its appearance as a 'bid and win' vendor. There are illegal prescription drugs available, although wether the sellers r scammers performing a quick 'auction then take money and change profile scam' , or wether they're selling counterfeit medication either underdosed or completely fake, or lastly there's maybe a small % that actually do provide illegal substances , as e-Bay isn't regulated like Amazon for example.I think in the case u we're on about u came across a common or garden con artist who's preying on the fact that someone's seeing an object in 2D, i.e. they're not able to handle the object up for bid to look closer at the make up or design of the object in question.Personally I think e-Bay is a site I'd avoid purely due to its lack of regulation and the way it distances itself from the vendors it hosts on its site. The people to contact might be the e-Bay sales team and alert them to a possible scam (its clear u know ur stuff), failing that there's ways of performing legal reverse email searches on the individual vendor , then collect and collate as much information as possible about him/her as they may genuinely be under the impression the items genuine though I somehow doubt that.You can use any search engine to see if the vendors email address leads to social media sites, though it depends what email service they use, gmail,yahoo,hotmail etc will all be able to be linked to someone using persistence , patience and a little ingenuity. However they could well be using an encrypted email service, the most popular are example@unseen.is or example@protonmail.ch

If the email address is linked to Swiss email companies you've almost no chance of finding them as Switzerland is the 'new' home of end-to-end encrypted email services owing to its excellent Online Privacy laws. I use Swiss email services as they offer in one case near govt/military grade security.

As for e-Bay, I would leave as many bad reviews of the vendor as possible, but be careful in ur wording as you don't want to end up on the wrong side of a civil lawsuit.

idk if any if that was helpful, but tbh, wen u use a site like e-Bay ur essentially visiting an online car boot sale , but where the purchase / bid is made through a 'GloryHole', if u get me. Try finding sites that specialise in the artifacts ur after as opposed to e-Bay. They have a habit of claiming they're merely hosting 3rd party sellers and thus can't be held responsible nor accountable for the quality, genuineness or workmanship of the goods their vendors ply. Yet they make a very nice income from the % of each sale / bid successfully won.

~ C.S 

 

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I also tried to contact ebay about something recently - can't even remember what now but their contact system is perverted. They have very cleverly categorized all the topics they'll let you contact them about and conveniently none of them relate to anything bad that might force them to remove a listing.

But this is ebay.. we should be used to their tactics by now. Remember when the shill bidding scandal came about? - The pressure was on for them to do something about it from all directions. So they simply blanked out the bidder usernames so that nobody could see who was who or contact anyone about anything. In effect what they did was encourage the shill bidders with a licence to take the mick and avoid the consequemces.

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