The Professional eBay Fake Art Seller Category
The success of eBay has been responsible for the creation of the "Professional eBay Fake Art Seller" who specializes in "Counterfeit Art". So many "Professional eBay Fake Art Sellers"generate significant revenue, eBay might as well create a separate category for the "Professional eBay Fake Art Seller" so buyers can easily locate Counterfeit Art by all the big name Blue-Chip Artists, including Banksy, Haring, Hirst, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Picasso, Stella, Hockney, Matisse, Degas, Monet, etc.
eBay Provides Zero Fraud Protection Procedure
Even in 2014, eBay has not implemented appropriate steps to protect the eBay Art Buyer from Fraudulent Sellers. Yes, it is shocking, that eBay has failed to implement system wide protection for Art Buyers, as eBay has already endured the embarrassment of the "counterfeit Richard Diebenkorn" painting scandal of a few years ago, that even hit the front page of The New York Times. More recently, two UK eBay Sellers were given a suspended sentence after selling more than120 Counterfeit Banksy Works on eBay.
Did eBay Learn Anything From The Richard Diebenkorn Fiasco?
To say it in one word "NO".
Where Are Most Of The Counterfeit Art Sellers Located?
Many of the Counterfeit Art Sellers on eBay are located in the UK, Japan, Switzerland and Germany, but there are also many Counterfeit Art Sellers in the US too. eBay knows that many of these Sellers have a history of listing counterfeits, yet eBay continues to accept their listings as eBay Management and its Shareholders prefer increasing listing revenue/selling fees at the expense of meaningful fraud protection.
Fake Art Has A Low Cost Of Goods Advantage
These "Professional eBay Fake Art Sellers" maintain a significant advantage versus the ethical Professional Art Dealer as the former benefit from large margins due to a virtually zero cost of goods. Face it, it is cheaper to list purported Works by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, etc., than the Authentic Works of Art.
eBay Rewards Fraudulent Art Sellers
These Art Sellers who specialize in selling fraudulent Art have become so successful that eBay might as well reward these sellers by creating the "Professional eBay Fake Art Seller" so buyers can easily locate counterfeit lots by Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Frank Stella, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, etc.
No Certificate of Authenticity ("COA") Will Transform Counterfeit Art Into Authentic Art
Many "Professional eBay Fake Art Sellers" who sell counterfeits state their eBay Lot is accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity ("COA"). Art Buyers should recognize that no matter how well written, a Certificate of Authenticity ("COA") cannot transform a counterfeit anything into an authentic Artwork. The two UK Sellers who sold fake Banksy's, now banned from selling on the Internet for five years, provided their Banksy customers with fraudulent provenance and even offered to authenticate the Works they sold.
Even with a bogus COA, all Fake Art Lots remain Fake, and the Certificate of Authenticity ("COA"), that comes with that Lot provides absolutely zero protection unless the Buyer pursues a legal recourse within 4 years with the Seller as per the Uniform Commercial Code.
Fake Art Will Never Become Genuine. NEVER!
We want to know why there still isn't a regular formal review policy that bans Sellers who break the law?
Fraud occurs with such frequency eBay should create "The Professional eBay Fake Art Seller"
Make it easy so everyone can quickly see there is a difference between the Fine Art Dealer and "Professional eBay Fake Art Seller".
Encourage eBay to Eliminate Fake Art
If eBay were to actually eliminate the "Professional eBay Fake Art Seller", eBay would attract more quality "Fine Art Dealers" so that both Sellers and Buyers benefit.
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