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For the attention of whom it may concerns at eBay managent

Dear Sirs,

I am a Harry Potter fan and consequently I also have great admiration for J.K. Rowling. I have read all her published books and meeting her would be for me a dream come true, not to mention owning a book signed by her. So, it would be quite the opposite to this dream to pay, and a large amount of money, for a "signed" Harry Potter copy that is actually a forgery.

Surfing through your website eBay, I was shocked by discovering that dozens of Harry Potter copies supposedly signed by its author are sold every day. These autographed books are very expensive, but what concerns me is the fact that in most cases we find crude imitations. J. K. Rowling herself stated that for every seemingly genuine signature, we meet between six and ten false ones. A very high percentage that puts us the Harry Potter fans at risk.

In some cases, forged signatures are very obvious and detectable, but the youngest fans are in the majority of cases unable to distinguish between authentic autographs and false ones. It is not their fault if forgers take advantage of their illusions. In other cases, the signatures have been copied so perfectly well that even adult fans would not be able to tell ones from anothers. Furthermore, many swindlers provides an "authenticity certificate" which is not more genuine than the proper signature but becomes suitable for deceiving excited buyers.

That's why I am asking eBay through this letter to change its policy concerning the sale of supposedly signed by J. K. Rowling books, for the good of younger (and not so young) Harry Potter fans. Actually, only forgers get a lot out of this situation. eBay should check the books to be auctioned at its website and verify which ones are authentic signed copies to allow its auction and reject the false ones. If this authentification process is impossible to carry out, we believe that eBay shouldnt allow the putting of any signed Harry Potter copies up for auction, since only a few are authentic. Otherwise, eBay would be as guilty as forgers, as its deriving large benefits from a fraud that affects directly the users, who are minor in many occasions. This issue is very serious, so I request you consider my petition.

Hoping you will give this matter your inmediate, urgent attention,


A la atenciуn de los directivos de eBay:

Soy fan de J.K. Rowling y de los libros de Harry Potter. Los he leнdo todos y conocer a la autora serнa un sueсo hecho realidad. Por supuesto, tambiйn lo serнa tener un libro firmado por ella. Lo que serнa todo lo contrario a un sueсo serнa pagar, y mucho dinero, por un ejemplar "firmado" que es en realidad una falsificaciуn.

Navegando por su sitio eBay, he descubierto para mi sorpresa que se venden decenas de ejemplares supuestamente firmados por la autora J.K. Rowling. Los precios de estos autуgrafos son muy elevados, pero lo preocupante de todo esto es que se tratan, en la mayorнa de los casos, de burdas falsificaciones. Segъn palabras de la propia escritora, por cada firma aparentemente genuina, hay entre seis y diez falsas. Un porcentaje muy elevado que nos pone en riesgo a nosotros los fans de Harry Potter.

En algunas ocasiones, las firmas falsificadas son muy evidentes y localizables, pero los fans mбs jуvenes son en la mayorнa de los casos incapaces de distinguirlas. No es culpa suya que los falsificadores se aprovechen de sus ilusiones. En otros casos, las firmas estбn muy bien elaboradas y ni siquiera los fans adultos son capaces de diferenciarlas. Por si fuera poco, muchos falsificadores aportan "certificados de autenticidad", que sin ser mбs genuinos que la propia firma, engaсan a los ilusionados compradores.

Por eso pido a eBay que modifique su polнtica de empresa frente a la venta de libros supuestamente firmados, en favor de los fans de Harry Potter niсos (y los no tan niсos). Actualmente, los falsificadores son los ъnicos que sacan provecho de la situaciуn. eBay debe vigilar los libros que salen a subasta, comprobar cuales son autйnticos y no permitir la subaste de los que son falsos. De no ser posible la autentificaciуn, creemos que eBay no debe permitir la puesta en subasta de ningъn libro firmado, ya que sуlo unas pocas dedicatorias son reales. De lo contrario, eBay estarнa sacando provecho econуmico de fraudes que afectan directamente a los usuarios, en muchas ocasiones jуvenes. El asunto es grave.

Ruego considere mi peticiуn,

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