Tolkien Collector's Guide
...and another one
By Dior

...and another one

Dec 2, 2008

Another signature on EBAY...sigh

Ebay link


Dior
Dec 3, 2008
It sold for £150
Dec 3, 2008
It's sad that someone is ripped off like that. I guess if the buyer should do a bit of research first.

Dior
Dec 3, 2008
£150 for Tolkiens signature -bargain!
Dec 3, 2008
Ooh, that's a horrible fake...
Dec 9, 2008
Been in contact with the seller. The buyer has been fully refunded, the book will not be resold again... it seems the seller had no bad intentions and was not aware that the autograph was not genuine. Even worse, an auction house sold it to him and claimed it to be genuine.

Now the seller had a simple request for all of us... he was wondering why we over here can discuss the signature, but no-one ever contacted him about it. So maybe we should try to be a bit more active. I myself had gone tired contacting the sellers of fake authographs, because either they were not replying or used very offensive language.

In some cases however, the seller is unaware of what he is doing.
Dec 9, 2008
I have to echo Beren's experiences here - been in contact with a lot of sellers (and buyers back in the day when you could see who they were) and never saw anything good come of it, so I don't do it all the time any more.

I'll see if I can work something out with eBay (know a lot of people there, their offices are about two miles from me) for a better reporting process, but not likely to get a lot of institutional support.
Dec 9, 2008
I agree that as a group we should perhaps make more of an effort to communicate our suspicions regarding various eBay auctions. But, you basically hit the nail on the head with your own comments Beren. Sellers don't reply; and there are plenty of suspect auctions out there. We don't all have the time I guess.

I spend a lot of fruitless time trying to draw various errors (usually regarding Silmarillion auctions) to the attention of sellers, on both eBay and ABE. It can be pretty time consuming though...

BH
Dec 9, 2008
Beren wrote: Now the seller had a simple request for all of us... he was wondering why we over here can discuss the signature, but no-one ever contacted him about it.

- well, the auction finished on Dec. 2nd, that is, the same day as the first post in this thread. We can't be that quick, can we? >g<

I've had the same response from sellers; usually no reply; sometimes 'oh, thanks' but no real change.
Dec 21, 2008
Posting forged signature image for posterity (before eBay expires the auction).

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