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Counterfeit Merchandise On eBay - Tiffanys Steps Up First

Postby Kirk » Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:37 pm

I was wondering when this was finally going to become an issue for the eBay folks - looks like the shoe just dropped...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20060131/tc_nf/41321

If this case gets some traction, eBay is going to have a real mess on their hands - how can they possibly police all those fake designer handbag auctions...and watches and clothes and sneakers and...
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Re: Counterfeit Merchandise On eBay - Tiffanys Steps Up Firs

Postby HowardH » Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:45 pm

Kirk wrote:If this case gets some traction, eBay is going to have a real mess on their hands
Big "if". I seriously doubt that this will go anywhere. I don't think Tiffany has a case, and I suspect that eBay can out-lawyer pretty much anybody.

I certainly don't think that fake Tiffany merchandise is anywhere near the worse of the fraud happening on eBay. The place is a veritable con-man magnet, like nearly any flea market, only much bigger, and with an endless supply of fresh "marks".

:oops: I'm an eBay seller... Why do I swim in the cesspool? Because that's where the traffic is, and that's where most of my customers find me. Note that many of my customers are repeat customers, which is not something you find among the larger-volume powersellers that I compete with. And despite eBay's best efforts, I generally sell to repeat customers OFF eBay, which is nearly half of my Dollar volume now.
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Re: Counterfeit Merchandise On eBay - Tiffanys Steps Up Firs

Postby Kirk » Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:16 pm

HowardH wrote:Big "if". I seriously doubt that this will go anywhere. I don't think Tiffany has a case, and I suspect that eBay can out-lawyer pretty much anybody.

There is so much at stake, I think eBay will do *whatever* it takes to win. At the end of the article I posted, it sheds some light on Tiffany's hidden agenda - the really want to shutdown the secondary market for their products so consumers will be forced to buy directly from them instead - at full retail prices.

I've often wondered how the creation of eBay has affected the primary market for goods ranging from exercise equipment to jewelry to audio equipment. Just a few years ago, the ability to buy and sell goods second-hand (at a handsome discount) was restricted to classified ads, garage sales and word-of-mouth around the water cooler. With the advent of eBay, we now have this amazingly liquid market for virtually anything - it's just fantastic.

Why would you buy a new Bowflex when you could get a slightly used one for half-off? While the secondary market on eBay has certainly cost companies like Bowflex a stack of money, free markets create the greatest benefit for the greatest number of people - so I hope eBay fights this tooth-and-nail - otherwise, consumers lose out.

On another point, eBay creates a tremendous amount of efficiency in the economy by moving goods from people who *aren't* using them to those that *will* - why produce two Bowflexes when only one will be used?

Let Tiffanys compete in the free market like everyone else - let them find a way to differeniate their products from the fakes and then get the message out to consumers. There's more to marketing than little blue boxes - although those boxes actually are kinda cool ;)

p.s. little personal note - I grew up in North Dallas and lived in Plano for several years after graduating college. I worked at Texas Instruments at Spring Creek and Central till about 1990 before moving out to the East Coast. I went back last year for a wedding and I could barely find my way around - I couldn't get over the amount of development, but luckily "The Great Outdoors" sandwich shop was still there...man I miss those Summer veggie sandwiches with cream cheese...mmmmmmmmmm :) :) ;)
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Re: Counterfeit Merchandise On eBay - Tiffanys Steps Up Firs

Postby Lynn Terry » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:36 am

Kirk wrote:...man I miss those Summer veggie sandwiches with cream cheese...mmmmmmmmmm :) :) ;)


:shock:

YUM!

:D
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Counterfeit merchandise

Postby Jamie G » Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:00 am

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