Ebay: Do something about fake Harry Potter merchandise and autographs being sold on your site sign now

To the owners of Ebay:

We wish to make it known that we are thoroughly discusted with your disregard for your customers, specifically the fans of the Harry Potter world. As quoted from JK. Rowling, creator of this world on her official site:

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"News:E-Bay Users Once Again

A recent perusal of the e-Bay stocks of 'signed' Harry Potter merchandise was quite alarming for the person who allegedly signed these stacks of books, posters and even, in one case, an unauthorised biography that I would never, and have never, put my signature to. As far as I could tell on the day I dropped in, only one of the signatures on offer appeared genuine. There seem to be a lot of people out there trying to con Harry Potter fans. The same is true in respect to the huge number of unauthorised Harry Potter e-Books and audio digital files that users of e-Bay have offered for sale to Harry Potter fans.

E-Bay seem unable to control or to take preventative steps to avoid users of their site offering forged Harry Potter merchandise for sale to innocent fans who might wish to purchase such goods; they also continue to refuse to accept any responsibility for allowing forged Harry Potter merchandise to be offered for sale on their site (while, of course, profit is made from the sale of said merchandise).

So it remains for me to warn you personally: 'bonded certificates of authenticity' do not guarantee that I have ever been on the same continent of the book in question, let alone signed it. As far as I can tell from watching the 'signed' Harry Potter merchandise on e-Bay, for every (as far as I can tell) genuine signature there are six to ten fakes. Therefore, I am now advising Harry Potter fans in search of rare and/or signed editions that it is much safer to buy from reputable / authorised book dealers rather than e-Bay and other similar auction houses.

I would be delighted if the online community of Harry Potter fans canvassed e-Bay directly, asking that they be protected against this exploitation; you might succeed where I have so far failed."

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There is no way that even the average adult would know enough about authenticating autographs, let alone children. To continue this practice with no effort whatsoever to prevent it is not only breaking the owners copyright, but in effect, is stealing. This in itself is morally and legally wrong. Butu to steal from children who ordinarilly do not have a lot to be able to spend in the first place is discusting.

We of the online Harry Potter community will not stand aside and watch this happen. Not only do you show disrespect and disregard in this to the copyright holders of the authentic works, but you also show the same disrespect and disregard for the fans and the customers who have made your company what it is.

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