The problem is that the bad guys outnumber the good guys - or so it seems when it comes to antiquing online, and there are millions of eBay members. You're bound to run into a baddun sooner or later.
Problem number two is that even good guys make mistakes - in age, in identification, in condition.
Problem three: the forgers are getting better and better, so it can be awfully hard to spot them.
The good news is that there are some steps buyers can take. We'll tackle the major eBay pitfalls one by one in future posts. Meanwhile, some things you can do right away:
- Spend only modest amounts, particularly with a seller who is unknown to you, until you know them better
- Go by word of mouth
- Educate yourself
- Join online forums for enthusiasts in your collecting area(s)
- Actually read the feedback others leave, and the seller's responses to any negative comments.