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The E-Bay JKR cage match - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
The E-Bay JKR cage match
I'm not a heavy E-Bay user--I've only gotten a couple of things there--so I guess it's inevitable that I'm firmly on JKR's side in this signature kerfluffle. I mean... people are getting money off fake merchandise that she's informed the site is fake, and...

I am confused.

It's not like JKR is a person given to rabid outbursts about how badly people treat her. This is a case of genuinely nasty use of her name, to manipulate her fans and extort money from them, probably while the perpetrator gets a good laugh out of it.

And E-bay is snooty about it?

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author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: September 12th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel so badly for JKR... but you know what? In a way, a nasty way, it shows fic authors who get upset because they got flamed or rejected or whatever that even professional authors - famous ones - get the hard end of the stick. Unfortunately, there are people out there who just don't get how important stories are to a writer.

JKR deserves more respect than this.
wm_law2003 From: wm_law2003 Date: September 12th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think JKR's attorney's need to be a little less wishy washy. Telling ebay that items 'appear' to be fake isn't really enough, in my opinion. If she's going to get upset, then have the attorney say 'these are fake.' Ebay cannot act until they are told that items are fake, not just appear fake.
volandum From: volandum Date: September 12th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Could you please refer me to some article on the event?
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Rowling spoke about this on her site here:


And here:


volandum From: volandum Date: September 14th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
mrintel From: mrintel Date: September 12th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I threw my lot in with the Potter-army (which I rarely do) because my wife bought a signed deluxe-edition CoS for our anniversary. I love that woman. My wife, too. :P But seriously, sometimes it takes a heavy-hitter to make changes to a big site like eBay. I hope it works.

BTW, I haven't heard of any eBay snootiness. Did I miss an article on this somewhere?
From: godrics_h Date: September 12th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am an ebay seller and I tell ya- ebay only cares about getting thier cut of the takings. Theres no way they will monitor authenticity because it happens in everything on there. I even saw a painting from China, that was directly ripped off another artist- and to make it worse, the REAL artist was selling his paintngs on ebay himself! Needless to say I let him know and he was fuming.
At any one time you can garuntee about 20 fake real picasso's on thier too, and millions of celebrity autographs with COA (which arent worth the paper they are printed on). I think the best Jo an do is raise awareness. I think she should have some other way to get a real signature, like more comps through Bloomsbury.
dalf From: dalf Date: September 13th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I think this is a case where ebay's one at a time approach to fraud (and their not entirely ambitious additude twards it in general) has excerbated a problem.

Can people who have not purchased somethign from someon provide feedback on ebay? TO accuse of fraud or soem such. That might solve the problem.
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