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New “Global Antiques” Hollywood Memorabilia Dealer on eBay (Michael Jackson, Star Wars, Wizard of Oz)

August 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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eBay dealer “moniemon92″ – with an account created in 2007 but with no recorded transactions until a few weeks ago – has listed a number of items for sale with “Global Antiques” certificates of authenticity.  These auction offerings are dominated by listings of items owned/autographed by the recently deceased Michael Jackson.  Read more

“Global Antiques” & “Auction Depot LA” Update: Victim Secures $18,000 Settlement & Deferred Judgment Following Lawsuit

April 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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One of the lead investigations conducted last year involved “original” memorabilia offered for sale with certificates of authenticity from “Global Antiques”, signed by Greg Jones.  Pieces were sold on eBay via  “Auction Depot LA” and “Auction Shop USA”.  These accounts were suspended by eBay, and one of the collectors who purchased a number of items from these companies/individuals filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court.  Read more

AntiqueWeek Feature on “Global Antiques”

August 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest edition of AntiqueWeek includes a front page feature by Eric C. Rodenberg on the Global Antiques props sold on eBay by Auction Depot LA, Auction Shop USA, and Historic Souvenirs.  Per their website, AntiqueWeek has “the largest paid circulation of any antiques and collectibles newspaper in the United States”.  The full story can be read online at antiqueweek.com – “Sales of bogus movie props lead to suspensions on eBay” – also archived below: Read more

More From the Los Angeles Times: “Scammers Exploit Online Trust Factor”

July 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

David Colker of the Los Angeles Times has written a follow-up story to Harriet Ryan’s piece published on the front page Wednesday (see Los Angeles Times Feature on Global Antiques, Thoughts on Los Angeles Times “Global Antiques” Feature).  The new article, “Scammers exploit online trust factor“, opens quoting the core value that eBay was founded on – “people are basically good” – and laments the “good old days”. Read more

Thoughts on Los Angeles Times “Global Antiques” Feature

July 25, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

I wanted to share some thoughts and reactions to this week’s feature in the Los Angeles Times about the “Global Antiques” auctions on eBay.  Overall, I am very pleased to see the issue presented to a huge audience, and I think the reporter, Ms. Ryan, did an excellent job of giving voice and perspective to a wide array of principals and relevant third parties.  My interest is to look at each of those contributions and responses (or lack thereof) to determine outstanding questions. Read more

Los Angeles Times Feature on “Global Antiques”

July 22, 2008 by · 4 Comments 

Tomorrow’s edition of the Los Angeles Times includes a feature by Harriet Ryan on the Global Antiques props sold on eBay by Auction Depot LA, Auction Shop USA, and Historic Souvenirs.  The full story can be read online at latimes.com – “Internet citizen posses investigate some sellers” – also archived below: Read more

“Global Antiques” Update from Deb

July 11, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Deb posted a “Reader Comment” today with an update on her issues with “Global Antiques”: Read more

“Auction Depot LA”, “Auction Shop USA”: “Not a Registered User” (NARU) Status on eBay

June 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Today, the status of the the following accounts for sellers associated with the sale of “authentic” and “original” entertainment and historical memorabilia authenticated by “Global Antiques” on eBay show a “NARU” (“Not a Registered User” & “No Longer a Registered User”, depending on the page) status: Read more

“Historic Souvenirs” Cancels “Global Antiques” eBay Auctions; “Auction Depot LA” Update

June 10, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

All but two of the eBay auction items listed by new eBay seller “Historic Souvenirs” (historicsouvenirs) – more than 50 in total – have been canceled by the seller. Though “Private Listings”, many showed bidding activity, and several were scheduled to end today. Most all of these items, with Certificates of Authenticity from “Global Antiques”, were canceled.

More, the remotely hosted photos of these items have been removed, leaving listings with no photos of the items offered for sale as “authentic” and “original” memorabilia. The eBay “Store” for the account no longer appears to exist either. Read more

“Global Antiques” Culver City Map: eBay Seller Storefronts, “Big Lots!”, “T.J. Maxx”

June 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

This article serves to analyze public information and ask further questions about original prop authenticator “Global Antiques”, its eBay selling accounts/agents “Auction Depot LA” (auctiondepotla1), “Auction Shop USA” (auctionshopusa), and “Historic Souvenirs” (historicsouvenirs). Also, determining the locations of retail stores in which items matching “original film props” have been identified – “T.J. Maxx” and “Big Lots!” – along with where these businesses are located with respect to one another and the businesses selling like items as authentic memorabilia. Read more

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