A Great Find & A Defense of E-Bay

From: William Donzelli <aw288_at_osfn.org>
Date: Fri Jun 16 11:08:28 2000

> Given that collecting (of anything) is a very large industry, they're
> missing a chance to _make_ a lot of money.

Very true.

> I don't understand your point about eBay wanting to avoid "legal hassles"
> over auctions gone bad. They are just the middleman, all of their contracts
> state that they are not responsible for the authenticity, condition,
> delivery, etc. of the items. The buyer and seller voluntarily assume all
> the risk. I don't see how providing a database of past transactions
> involves them any further in a legal sense.

Auction houses are always getting sucked into legal problems - even if it
is just to be a witness (expert or otherwise). With Ebay's volume, they
would have to have a large expensive legal department just to deal with
it all.

It seems to me that Ebay has already had some massive legal headaches
concerning Nazi collectables in Europe.

William Donzelli
Received on Fri Jun 16 2000 - 11:08:28 BST

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