> > So what should numismatists do? Forget about eBay, it's a lost cause and
> > is
> > only going to get worse. Fakes, scams and all types of fraud will
> > continue
> > to proliferate unless and until the legal authorities step in, for eBay
> > only
> > wants to avoid responsibility and does not care how many people are
> > defrauded. Go to VCoins where VAuctions has just been set up. Bill Puetz
> > has
> > a great concept and polices his operation well. There are 27,668 items
> > offered for sale on VCoins now worth $6,342,911. No eBay, but still
> > impressive and functioning very well. A strict code of ethics is
> > and anything that looks even slightly suspicious is investigated and
> > acted
> > on immediately.
> > Dave Welsh
> > Classical Coins
> > www.classicalcoins.com
> > http://www.vcoins.com/classicalcoins
> But how many bust dollars are on Vcoins?
They can protect themselves with reserves and starting bids so there will be
no risk. Announcing such auctions on the coin discussion lists and this
newsgroup will draw plenty of interest.
I am sure that if there is sufficient interest Bill will set up appropriate
categories such as ancients, early US etc.
Meanwhile, if the only criterion is how many coins are offered, nothing will
ever replace eBay. But knowledgeable buyers of ancient coins have already
learned that they are far better off going to VCoins (and to independent
sites such as Classical Coins) where they get bargains that are just as good
or better, and don't have to pick these out from a minefield of fakes,
misrepresented material, sellers who don't deliver and other unethical
transactions. eBay is a jungle. It is like New York City would be with no
police. The only reason massive amounts of fraud are not being reported is
that most victims do not realize they have been sold fakes.