What have others said about these articles?
I present below some of the feedback I have received since I published the first eBay article (on the Hialeah fake overprint seller "atdinvest") online in June, 2001.
I welcome feedback of all kinds, as it serves to mould my site, giving it depth, credibility and currency. Many comments passed back to me have given me a warm, fuzzy feeling, whilst others have made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end! But all have influenced what has been written here, and the way it has been written. I have ridden the waves of criticism and so far have come out on top!
Thank you all for your feedback!
Click here to see feedback for:
eBay - forgeries, fakes, dodgy sellers, scams
the tip of the iceberg
|13 October, 2004||
I am just so surprised how long it takes to prove a scam to e-bay. I reported this 8 hours before the auction was to end. I wish more people would go to your web site. Do you mind if I put a link to your web site with all my listings? Just want inform others.
|6 October, 2004||
.... thank you for some very interesting and instructive articles on your webpages on forgeries on eBay.... What I wanted to ask you was your permission for us to translate and include a few of your articles in our site, especially the articles with help for buyers and sellers on how to 'act nice'...
|13 May, 2004||
.... I think your (and SCADS') site is invaluable as "permanently" stored information that can be accessed whenever needed. I don't have time to follow the Chatboards all day, and I'm likely to miss any "important" threads...
|14 October, 2003||
I have been visiting your site for quit a while,and I really like the info.you provide.I think your doing a great service for the collecting world in general.
|5 February, 2003||
You deserve THANKS for bravery, trying to warn bidders of eBay abuses. Keep up the good work.
|23 January, 2003||
SHERYLL-OSWALD... Thank you for the info! I've spent the last half hour bouncing around the links on the e-bay fraud sites. i did't realize things were so bad here in e-land! My faith in the general kindness of strangers is shaken!!! one thing for sure, i'll never be able to order chicken fried steak again with a clear conscience.
|2 December, 2002||
Sheryll, the two sites [SCADS and TOTI] are amazingly impressive. If you keep
this up, you will end up quite famous. I am actually learning a lot
about stamps from your site, thanks to your efforts and those of others.
|28 November, 2002||
Sheryll, Congratulations on another mention (TOTI) in the December Glassine Surfer.
(Mid-Cities Stamp Club, September 2002 Newsletter)
|31 August, 2002||
Thanks for the contribution you have made to the hobby. I truly
appreciate it. <snip>
|22 August, 2002||
After perusing the data, I must praise your choice of words in apologising...... Your tact just about bowled me over. Hopefully all is back on track and you are a little less "forthright" these days.
|15 August, 2002||
(PBS Jim Lehrer Newshour report
|9 August, 2002||
(r.c.s.d. newsgroup posting "Web site recommendation")
|19 July, 2002||
...... Your issue is different, and far more important. That
website of yours is a great education, both for newer stamp collectors,
and for newer eBay users......
|18 July, 2002||
Sorry to read of your suspension. The work you have done is exemplary and valuable. Many people apreciate it, I'm sure. Sorry if that sounds gooey, but I think it's true.
|18 July, 2002||
Never, ever give up!
|17 July, 2002||
Sorry to hear about your suspension from eBay. You will be missed and your return anxiously awaited.
|17 July, 2002||
It's all worth it and appreciated by countless collectors in
need, few of which we will ever know about.
|17 July, 2002||
I was not surprised that Sheryll was sidelined, it was expected as she was naming names and that is something that Ebay deplores. Seeing that she had asked our friendly hit and run Pinkie, Daphne if it was OK and hadn't received a reply then the bullets should not have been fired but it is too late, the decision was over Daphne's head (what else is new).
|16 July, 2002||
The detail of your work is astounding. I
feel a naive bunny to have assumed that the vendors on eBay are all such nice guys!
|8 July, 2002||
My compliments to your work and your web site of eBay forgeries,
fakes, dodgy sellers and scams! As a rather new eBay user, I have
read your work with great interest......
|30 June, 2002||
Dear eBay and Daphne,
|30 May, 2002||
I must applaud you for your site. It's been a great eye opener. Even though I don't collect any the areas covered by your site, it is very useful to know which dealers to handle with extra care.
|27 May, 2002||
Nice site, I hope it protects someone from buying unwanted forgeries on Ebay.
It's The Good Oil.
|24 May, 2002||
You do good work and people like me do appreciate it.
I just try to direct people to your articles.
|23 April, 2002||
I truly believe your work is going to be the founding cornerstone of
contemporary philatelic ethics for the 21st Century. It's a work that's
been needed for a long time in this business.
|15 April, 2002||
Your "crook" website has been a terrific help to a lot of people.
|25 March, 2002||
I have read all your pages several times in the last
several months. You have a GREAT website!
Very well written.
|8 March, 2002||
I don't know if you got the word yet, but your web site appeared in print this month, in the March, 2002 issue of the American Philatelic Society's monthly magazine, American Philatelist. A web version of the article is at the address below:
|24 December, 2001||
Have just come across your expose on forgeries, scams fakes etc. I am quite amazed by the amount of problems w r t selling fakes and forgeries on eBay - never realised it. I have bought material from some of the people involved (e.g. atdinvest - I have asked them to supply me with some background info on these so-called forgeries - but to date have received no reply).
I am still fairly new in stamp collecting and as a seller (and buyer) I agree wholeheartedly in that one should be as honest and open as possible w r t descriptions etc. I never realised the implication of of adding "Lot sold as is" to my listings. I will in future rather give the option to return items if not 100% satisfied. I suppose by being still an inexperienced collector, I am fairly blase at what I buy (i.e. if I have bought something which is not to my satisfaction, I basically just accept it as a poor buy, and don't query or ask for a refund.
Anyway, your information will stand me in good stead, and I can only improve my future listings (and buys) with the help I have found today!
|23 August, 2001||
I've just read your updates on fakes and forgeries and I want to tell you how much I appreciate all those articles of yours. It's been a long time of discussions among members of the Stamp Board and denunciation of misdescribed forgeries on eBay, but you made the move to really analyze this plague and make a site about it.
The importance of your work is tremendous because of the context, wide spread of deceiving forgeries and fakes around the world by eBay. Bravo!
Released: 17 June, 2001
|25 April, 2004||
I didn't realize you'd been attacked so rigorously and disbarred from e.Bay for daring to bring to light this creep. I join others in saying 'good on you!'
|8 July, 2002||
...... Since returning, in the past few hours, I have read much
of what you and your colleagues have reported on, which I find absolutely
remarkable. From what I have read it is obvious that you have all
given considerable time in an effort to frustrate sellers who attempt
to sell total junk by the use of innuendo, suggestion or imputation,
that the item/s have some redeeming features which might yet turn
out to be genuine, when, in fact, they know perfectly well that the
item they wish to unload is a total fake in all its respects.
|12 August, 2001||
I really found your article on forgeries in NAPE very interesting. I have gone through your internet pages on the same subject and bookmarked them. As a dealer, I need to be up with the play on these.
|25 July, 2001||
Thank you very much for pointing me to your article. I'm embarassed to admit that I'm one of those who fell into the trap of believing that these are classical forgeries. I laud your efforts to educate the philatelic community and alert us all to these modern forgeries.
|30 June, 2001||
Sheryll CONGRATULATIONS!! You've finally done it! I've been ROFLMAO and woke my NPS in the next room. The rantings remind me of a small child who just got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Lash out with anger, blame someone else, then feign superiority and justification. I so agree with <snip> and <snip> with their assessments of the level of intelligence that everyone has been dealing with here, but, then, it doesn't take much intelligence to produce the stuff they've been selling.
Again, my heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS and Thanks for a job well done!!
|30 June, 2001||
S2 I SAW YOUR PICTURE IN YOUR WEBSITE,AND I JUST HAVE TO SAY THAT IS THE UGLIEST PERSON THAT I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE,NMO MATTER WHAT YOU AND FRIENDS DO ,ATDINVEST IS REALLY STRONGEST THAN EVER BEFORE,I MEAN IT
|25 June, 2001||
I see a real lack of coordination in philatelic matters such as this. I hope
that with publicity, we can begin to co-ordinate, philately, law enforcement,
and the courts. It can be done - your efforts have proved this.
Released: 28 July, 2001
|30 October, 2001||
Keep up the good work on Ebay......we need to encourage as many collectors as possible. Recently, a friend of mine purchased a valuable collection from Germany only to find that half of the valuable items were forgeries. He sold the collection and vowed never to collect again.
- the good, the bad and the downright ugly
Released: 2 August, 2001
|5 April, 2002||
By the way - I do appreciate the watch-dog groups and ran for APS Office twice to help. I do also like your analysis - very well done.
Spotted a misdescribed fake on eBay?
Released: 11 August, 2001
|4 November, 2001||
I read your article in detail some time ago when it was first posted, and I not only enjoyed it but found it helpful and informative.
|2 November, 2001||
I've enjoyed scanning through your many articles .....
a possible fake on eBay?
Released: 11 August, 2001
|10 September, 2001||
I checked out your site and you are doing a great service for collectors -
keep up the good work
as I am sure you know it is very difficult to compete with unscrupulous
Classics on eBay - as is
Released: 1 October, 2001
|1 February, 2003||
Thank you very much for the service you are providing to the stamp hobby. I am a 40+ year stamp collector, member of APS and 25+ year Linn's subscriber and I have never come across such a helpful site as this. Until now I have not purchased stamps on ebay, recognizing the difficulties inherent in the task, but now I feel a little more confident, despite the shysters out there. Thanks again for putting in the time to do this for the rest of us.
|13 July, 2002||
...... I very much appreciate your hard work and efforts as it
relates to ebay. My only concern about being included is that the
title says one thing and then you will list my name. I do realize
that you will say positive things about me, but how many people will
simply read the title and see my name associated with it.
|12 July, 2002||
I don't know if i have emailed you before, but i'd like to say
that i am very proud to see someone try and put and end to sellers
of altered and misrepresented stamps... I have read your articles
many times over the last month... and I completely agree!
|12 July, 2002||
...... I reread your article frequently to remind myself of the frauds on ebay, and of course ebay does nothing to get rid of them. You are performing a valuable service to stamp collectors-wish there was a better way to deal with all the crap. By the way, <snip> also buys Shulercrap's stuff and resells it.
|16 June, 2002||
Your webpage served me by making me more careful.......
|7 June, 2002||
......Anyway, I know you've had tons of people tell you nice things about your site; I just wanted to add my two cents. I don't have the time to go to the chat board, but I send people there, especially people who are fairly new to U.S. stamps. I know a lot of excellent information goes through there. Thanks for the excellent service you're providing.
|23 May, 2002||
I just wanted to take a second to tell you that your messages made me a
wiser person. I have read over the material you linked to and found it very
helpful. I am able to detect tampered stamps better.
|19 May, 2002||
I attribute this entire operation to your information and first email. Frankly, I had placed the stamps from <snip> into my collection and gone on to other things. I probably would not have discovered the problem for years.
|26 March, 2002||
The addition of the before and afters on your web site is fantastic!!!
|18 February, 2002||
Just a note to let you know I think your website (eBay Classics
- AS IS) is great. I have now seen several eBay user's link to it
as they parody some of those terrible lots and dealers, trying to
make the public more aware. I hope the visibility to your site and
the links it contains will help some of the more novice collectors
learn the easy way, and put these shysters out of business.
|12 November, 2001||
Thanks for the reference to your site on these Dealers??? I was wondering how they had the stock of the more difficult to find stamps. They make them. I am surprised that e-bay allows them to continue. I guess they have good lawyers who put the disclaimer together so that they are protected and nothing can be done. Again Thanks--Your article should be in Lynns.
|1 November, 2001||
Speaking of your web page . . . it may be pure optimism, but I can't help believing that the higher number of hits on your US page has something to do with more US stamp buyers looking for reliable information on misrepresented stamps (rather than the apology), and YOU are providing that information.
|20 October, 2001||
A copy of this email has been forwarded to ebay as well as my attorney who has been given your website to review as no rights have been given for use my name in any site or for referencing my auction items, as well as the slanderous comments you have made on your site in reference to me. You will be contacted further only if you slanderous attack continues.
|11 October, 2001||
..... So please remove any reference to me from your Web site and we will have no problems. And please tell your group that I am more than willing to entertain expert opinions about my lots and even to remove such lots, as long as the person contacting me first presents qualifications as being an expert on the subject.
|3 October, 2001||
Keep up the effort, because I do think your website is going to have a
sizeable positive impact on the philatelic hobby in coming months and
|Fraud on eBay - exposed!
Released: 23 June, 2002
|10 October, 2002||
(MSNBC article Cautionary
tales of two auctions - Phantom bids draw a warning; alleged stamp
|9 October, 2002||
(MSNBC article EBay’s
tough talk on fraud doesn’t withstand scrutiny)
|5 September, 2002||
...... By saying that you were "missing the boat", what I meant
was that by allowing the argument with the perpetrators to be couched
in terms of whether their "disclaimer" does or does not protect their
sale of "altered goods" on e-bay, the truly actionable aspect of their
conduct has been inadvertently passed by.
|21 August, 2002||
I took a look at your web site, and I commend you on a good job. I'm disenchanted as I read eBay response on your web site and quite frankly with all the disclaimers used in those descriptions there's really nothing that can be done at least as far as I can see.
|10 July, 2002||
I love your fraud/forgery page and I wanted to give you another
example of pcheltenham's work.
|2 July, 2002||
...... You are doing an excellent job of not only investigating, but also keeping people informed. I wanted you to know that I am very appreciative.
|28 June, 2002||
Hi -- I appreciate your efforts to clean up the 'scoundrel' sellers in the ebay stamps section.......
|eBay buying tips - I'm not getting burned again!
Released: 25 June, 2002
|31 August, 2002||
I love your web site and thought I would help with a small tip
on paying for auctions which has helped me in the past. Use Postal
money orders whenever possible. Sure it takes a little more time and
effort but with a Postal money order you have recourse to the US Postal
Inspectors should you be defrauded. I have had several money orders
"never arrive" that miraculously appeared within a few hours of my
mentioning the money order would be traced and turned over to the
Postal Inspectors...... You also have the ability to file fraud charges
with the Postal Inspectors.