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Thread: Do you report 'featherweights' on eBay?

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    Junior Member Brynn's Avatar
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    It drives me absolutely crazy when I see people listing machines that are very clearly not Featherweights as such like this item. If you do, what reporting criteria do you use? I usually say "Listing practices", "Search and browse manipulation", and then "Misleading title".

    Just wondering if there are others as bothered by it. :) Perhaps we can crack down on people using the almighty Featherweight name in vain, hehe!

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    People on Craigs List do this too:< Buyer beware!

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    I normally just send them a message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipit
    I normally just send them a message.
    The seller may not know that it isn't a feather weight. Just send them a message and explain how you know it isn't a featherweight. Most of the time, they are appreciative of the explanation

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    I have seen listings for anything small as Featherweight and have seen featherweight listed as small machine and toy machine, I believe a lot of this is because people just don't know what they have.

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    People aren't always aware or do their homework. I just send them a note if I know the correct model number and politely inform them the correction.

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    I kindly tell the person listing it directly first...some people are sincerely unaware of the difference...however, one lady on Craig's list took offense and reported me for sending her SPAM...oh well, now I just tell people to beware...Naomi

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    No, I don't report it to eBay, but I do send the seller a message telling them they don't have the correct information in their posting. I have seen that they sometimes fix it...sometimes not. Buyer beware!!!!

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    I think that this seller is just misinformed...they did put 99k in the description... :lol: but I do understand your frustration!

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    I've also seen Featherweights on eBay NOT listed as Featherweights so I think a lot of sellers are just clueless about their product.

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    Doesn't do much good to report things to ebay - as long as they get their fees they don't really care.

    Now if you were misusing the good name of Ralph Lauren, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, or any others of their "VeRO" merchants, you can bet your auction would be yanked so fast your head would spin.

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    I think that the name 'Featherweight' draws a lot of people to their site.Might get more people to see what it is that they might be selling. It is misleading.[angers me when I see it],but know that it happens.

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    It really doesn't bother me-sometimes what is listed accidentally or otherwise is still interesting, and I'd have missed it if it hadn't been listed that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsjunque
    I think that the name 'Featherweight' draws a lot of people to their site.Might get more people to see what it is that they might be selling. It is misleading.[angers me when I see it],but know that it happens.
    This is known on ebay as "keyword spamming" and is against the rules.
    Like if you want traffic to your purse auction and you put in the title, Not Coach, not Louis Vuitton, not Dooney & bourke.

    Everyone searching for one of those brands would pull up your auction for NONE of those brands. Gets the buyers ticked off. Gets ebay ticked off.

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    I agree alot of people just put "featherweight" to get your attention and don't really care if it is a true statement.

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    I have taken the time a couple of times to email the sellers, even on accessories, I noticed a seller was saying it would fit a FW and I told her i thought it was a high shank and gave her the measurements, she was actually pretty glad and changed her listing...sometimes folks do the right thing...

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