HorizonHse at aol.com
Thu Mar 21 03:05:22 CET 2002
i agree with geo entirely about his being ripped off on the "signed" barks
poster on ebay. the listing clearly says "signed" in the title and it clearly
shows a "signed" poster in the photograph.
i have heard some lame excuses before, but to say, as the dealer does, that
geo should know from the low price that the item was not signed is a
ridiculous excuse. who says someone "would never get a signed Barks anything
for onlyh $15.00?" i have -- and on ebay, too, and from people who know more
about barks' signed work than this dealer ever will.
there are still bargains on ebay, although not as many as there used to be,
so there's no reason to believe the poster was anything other than what the
dealer said it was. a few month ago, for example, someone bought a numbered
and signed copy of edward gorey's "leaves from a mislaid album" for $299.00
on buy-it-now, which means the dealer set a maximum price for the item; if
you could find a copy with a professional dealer who knew what he or she was
doing, that item would be more than a thousand dollars. according to this
dealer, we should think this item actually is not genuine, because you would
never get one for only $299.00.
anyone who has any trouble with a dealer on ebay should contact ebay through
"safe harbor" or "customer support" -- email: safeharbor at ebay.com or
support at ebay.com. the amount of the item doesn't matter. fraud is fraud.
misrepresentation is misrepresentation. someone had a 96th birthday
invitation listed a little while ago, saying that the writing inside it was
by barks, when in fact it was a printed copy of his writing. ebay delisted
if you'd rather call or write ebay, here are the secret phone number and
2005 Hamilton Ave # 350
San Jose, CA
that poster also exists in a limited signed and numbered edition of 500
copies; those come with a certificate of authenticity pasted to the back of
the poster. how many more exist that were signed but not numbered is anyone's
guess. beware, it's real easy to add numbers to a signed print or poster.
there probably are a lot that were unsigned and unnumbered, too.
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