JKR Rallies Potter Fans Against eBay Fakes
Sep 07, 2005
In this item on her site, Jo Rowling urges fans again not to trust that anything claiming to be signed by her on eBay is an item with which she has “ever been on the same continent.”
“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 and also audio digital files that it is much safer to buy from reputable / authorised book dealers only 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.“
…to which Rowling’s Army salutes and says: Aye aye, Cap’n. The eBay Suggestion Box is here: Click “Send us a Suggestion to improve the eBay site” and kindly (please!) suggest that eBay employ a better screening policy for its wide array of “signed” collectibles. Or, their Security Center is here – tell them how insecure the site is, if approximately nine in 10 Rowling signatures are fake.