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Fake items bought using PayPal

Subject: Fake items bought using PayPal
by Trotter on 2012/1/5 6:54:50

Like just about every collectable, violins are subject to fakery and claims of fakery – something that a person claiming to be a seller on the site alleges has led to the destruction of what the poster claims was a $2,500 instrument in a PayPal dispute. According to a post on the blog Regretsy the violin was smashed in accordance with PayPal’s terms and conditions. “I sold an old French violin to a buyer in Canada, and the buyer disputed the label,” the poster alleges. Although label disputes in the violin trade aren’t uncommon, the post says, “PayPal made the buyer DESTROY the violin in order to get his money back. They somehow deemed the violin as “counterfeit” even though there is no such thing in the violin world.” And yes, that’s what the PayPal T&C document says: if there’s a dispute over whether an item is authentic, “PayPal may require” the buyer “to destroy the item and provide evidence of its destruction” – in this case leaving the seller not only out-of-pocket, but also without a violin she claims “made it through WWII”.


It is surprising reading this that eBay's policy on fake items is to ignore them, I'd love to have seen certain items (such as False-Copyright etchings) being destroyed.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ETCHING-TOL ... rints&hash=item256af61397

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