closing tag is in template navbar
timefactors watches



TZ-UK Fundraiser
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: ebay listing copied (along with photo's)

  1. #1
    Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    6,180

    ebay listing copied (along with photo's)

    Long story short I was browsing Seiko watches on ebay and found someone selling a watch identical to one I sold a few weeks ago, except his is the bi-metal model.

    The title stood out because it was exactly the same as mine, so I clicked the listing and sure enough the listing is the same, word for word.
    It's happened before - it's annoying but hardly the end of the world, most sincere form of flattery I suppose - but this seller has used some of my pictures too.

    I wouldn't mind, my pictures are average at best, but it doesn't sit right that he's using photo's from another listing to sell his watch. Anything more expensive and I would think something underhand was going on.

    Like I say it's not the end of the world, it's a 50 quid Seiko, but even so I've asked him if he would remove it and re-write the listing and so far I've been ignored.
    eBay do have a "report item" button, but there is no option for plagarism or whatever this classes as.

    Should I just send him an invoice for 20 quid and tell him he's welcome to use my description?

    (Joking by the way, It's the pictures I'm more concerned about).

  2. #2
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Dublin, irl
    Posts
    486
    I would more likely suspect fraud than laziness

    Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Somerset, UK
    Posts
    3,686
    Very common practice. I have seen and reported lots of fraudulent motorcycle listings but given up as they just keep on coming, usually in large batches. I wonder if someone has programmed a bot to do this as there are so many.

  4. #4
    Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    6,180
    Quote Originally Posted by Eamon View Post
    I would more likely suspect fraud than laziness

    Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

    I can't see that for such a cheap item. His first image isn't one of mine, so I presume he took a picture of his own then padded it with mine.

  5. #5
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Lincoln
    Posts
    790
    This happened to me selling a watch too I messaged them and asked why and it turns out they had been lazy and just took it down and made a proper ad, donít think there was any malice just pure idleness


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  6. #6
    Master
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Southampton, UK
    Posts
    3,567
    Still worth reporting for fraud as the pictures are not of the item he is selling. That is more than plagiarism

  7. #7
    Master
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    M62 corridor
    Posts
    1,375
    I'd report it as 'copyright & trademark' > 'counterfeit item' because at least you could report it with the link to your original listing.

    If you try and report as fraud (you could do that as well) there is no box to add explanation.

  8. #8
    Apprentice
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Bolton Lancashire
    Posts
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    This happened to me selling a watch too I messaged them and asked why and it turns out they had been lazy and just took it down and made a proper ad, donít think there was any malice just pure idleness


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    Done it myself a couple of times,out of sheer lazyness.
    Plus the fact im painfully bad at photography.
    Theres never been anything underhand,and ive had it done to myself too.
    Ive sold an item and months later seen it up for sale at what i sold it for.
    I wouldnt have recognised it as my watch ordinarily,but for the fact that he used my entire advert.
    You know me Kev,as we have done many deals,im 100% honest,but sometimes lazy ten per cent of the time.

  9. #9
    Grand Master Dave+63's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    East Sussex
    Posts
    10,636
    Iíve done similar with motorcycle parts because itís quicker. It saves trawling through all the hoops you have to hump through before you actually get to listing an item.

    I always use my own photos and description though.

  10. #10
    Administrator swanbourne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Sheffield, England
    Posts
    45,907
    If he's hotlinked your pictures rather than copied them, rename another image to appear on his listing. I've used this one a couple of times when it's happened to me.



    Eddie
    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

  11. #11
    ^ that made me laugh. Genius idea!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •