Regarding eBay Sellers and/or Bad Trades/Sales/Purchases

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  1. thejessta

    thejessta You guys are the best! Staff Member DPF Super Moderator

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    Warning other pin trading/collecting community members of sellers who sell counterfeit and/or scrapped pins is a good thing. It teaches and reminds us, as consumers, that there are people out there willing to take advantage of those willing to invest in this hobby. Sellers try to take advantage by selling us counterfeits and scrappers, but are all sellers selling counterfeits and scrappers trying to take advantage of us? No.

    Pin selling can be very lucrative and, trying to move as much product as possible, even the most honest seller can unknowingly sell you a bad pin. The seller may not have considered, noticed, or even known of a pin's evidence of being counterfeited or scrapped. Therefore, with information gathered from fellow traders, collectors, and online communities, it is ultimately up to the buyer to discern a seller's intentions. Communication between buyer and seller is integral to the outcome of a satisfactory transaction. Yet, one must take into consideration this important fact: Regardless if a seller intentionally or unintentionally sells an inauthentic product, an item bought in a secondary market can never be guaranteed authentic. Appearance, packaging, and even receipts can be forged. Unless you purchase firsthand from a primary retailer, you cannot, with certainty, say that an item is 100% genuine.

    This is why creating posts specifically to name a seller who you believe has sold you a counterfeit or scrapped pin is a sensitive issue. Since circumstances surrounding your transaction are only truly known between buyer and seller, linking to any sale thread with the intention of questioning a seller's integrity is not permitted in any post, profile, or signature. Linking by any member to any auction is not permitted in any post, profile, or signature. However, if you do wish to air any grievances about a transaction, you may create a post in the Disney Pin Discussion forum in which you may only state that you believe you have intentionally been sold a counterfeit or scrapped pin. Any further details must be discussed through private messages. In your post, you or any party with knowledge of your transaction, may not discuss details, reveal the seller's identity, or discuss where the seller was selling. Please create any such post after the matter has been completely settled between buyer and seller. If another forum member wants further information, it is at your discretion to provide them with details of your transaction and through private messaging only.

    Links to auctions by members for fundraisers or charities must first be cleared with Disney Pin Forum administrators. These rules also apply to trades. Posts which do not respect these rules will be reviewed on a case by case basis and are subject to deletion. It is at Disney Pin Forum administrators' discretion to amend these rules at any time.

    Cliffs Notes? Okay :)

    • Linking to sale threads you believe sold you counterfeits/scrappers is not allowed.
    • Mention of specific eBay seller names is not allowed by members.
    • You may create a post stating only that you believe you were sold counterfeits/scrappers and forum members must private message you for further details.

    Disney Pin Forum wants to promote as much discussion as possible. We feel calling-out specific people who you believe are selling or trading counterfeits and scrappers is not the best way to inform the pin trading community of potential rip-offs. We will allow you to alert forum members through posts and discuss through private messages if you feel you've been taken advantage of. It is then up to that member to form his/her opinion and be informed. And with each informed individual, we can grow as a community.

    - The DPF Team
     

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