"Fake" firsts on eBay abound

20 Ants archetype at 20ants.com
Tue Feb 1 15:04:20 EST 2005

A general caveat...

***** Don't use eBay as your education! ***** eBay is the single largest 
repository of misinformation on the planet. There is no larger collection 
of bullshit by people who add 2+2 and get 22.

It doesn't matter what your collecting category is: handle lots of items 
that you desire and read all available books on the topic. Don't rely on 
eBay for any facts or absolutes. 90% of eBayers have no clue about what 
they are selling, but have no reluctance to expound on their ignorance.


At 02:34 PM 2/1/2005, Scot Kamins wrote:
>Here's a warning for newbies and for experienced collectors who may have 
>gotten lax.
>A seeming record number of titles falsely claiming to be ML Firsts and ML 
>"true first American" editions are popping up on eBay. Folks are using the 
>silliest reasons for claiming that a title is a first.
>Please know what you're bidding on!!! Follow these steps:
>(1) Look for first edition points appearing in the book and on the DJ. If 
>they aren't in the listing, write the seller and ask for them.
>(2) Check the points against the Toledano Guide and against the 
>information available on Dogeared.
>(3) Ask here - paste a link to the auction and ask us for help.
>It's your dough - don't throw it away!
>Scot Kamins
>"Those who would sacrifice liberty for security are deserving of neither 
>liberty nor security."
>                      - after Benjamin Franklin

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