Robo wrote:Thanks gents! I sent a heads-up to the seller who thanked me and pulled the knife right away. A word to new members: Often the seller is completely unaware that they're selling a parts knife, counterfeit, or anything in-between. So a friendly heads-up and they'll thank you and pull it. Then there's guys like the guy listing the Toothpick a couple threads back under "An insult to the Tested 093 Pattern" who is still attempting to sell it--and is getting bids--despite the fact that he mentions "some people have written to me saying this knife is a fake..". And still others who know exactly what they're selling and-- taking advantage of Ebay's passivity in the face of counterfeits-- manage to do it again and again. We soldier on none-the-less.
I agree with your assessment of the types of sellers. Many of those I've notified have removed the listing, re-worded it or added a note saying they have been advised the knife is counterfeit.
But I can recall only one seller who removed the listing and did not re-list the knife as a counterfeit ("clone" seems to be a popular term among sellers - I guess they think that makes a fake more legitimate).
In that situation I sent the message to the seller but received no response. The next day I posted the knife here in the "Counterfeit Watch" thread.
A few days later I received a response from the seller, saying the listing was being removed, and taking me to task for posting it on AAPK before hearing back from him. Said I was trying to "ruin his reputation" and should gave waited until I heard back from him before posting anything on AAPK. The seller did have several thousand feedbacks with a 100% rating. To his credit I never saw that knife again, at least not listed by him.
All the others I have contacted who responded thanking me either altered their listing or re-listed with a disclaimer about the knife's authenticity. Most are trying to be honest, but bottom line is they're in it for the money. We all know a dishonest seller will buy the knife and subsequently list it as authentic, whereas a true collector would take the fake out of circulation and destroy it, or deface it so it cannot be represented as authentic in the future.
And then there are the sellers who responded "mind your own business". One (auntpearl12) had the audacity to reply "Not my knife. Don't know nothing about it". When I responded "It's your listing" he sent the same again. "Not my knife. Don't know nothing about it."