Buy Bullions Tee Boon Chin of Malaysia (buybullions.co.uk) & Copyright Theft
Buy Bullions Tee Boon Chin of Malaysia (buybullions.co.uk) is yet another dishonest website owner / dealer who has used our copyright images without permission.
Copyright Theft is Dishonest - Can You Trust This Site?
Using other people's copyright images is illegal, it is dishonest, and it is unethical. Using the hard work of a knowledgeable professional dealer to sell the same goods in competition with him demonstrates an extremely low standard of ethics. We would not recommend anybody to transact business with this person or company.
Who would have thought such an honest (although they do not claim this) reputable
company would resort to stealing images from their competitors?
Surprisingly, their website does not appear to have an "About Us" page, although it does have their name and address on their "Contact Us" page.
Illiterate Pseudo Expert Ad Farm
Buy Bullions has used a number of our high quality gold coin photographs on its buybullions.co.uk website, presumably to make it look professional and attractive, however this is dishonest, and Buy Bullions is creating an illusion of expertise and professionalism using the fruits of our hard work.
Buy Bullions appears to be one of the hundreds of pseudo-experts who are now making an income from writing expert advice sites. Their graphic content is usually pirated from other websites, and much of the written material on these sites is also, we guess, taken from sites like our own, written from experience by real experts and specialists, then re-hashed and re-served as original material. Most of it is actually crapware.
The income from these sites comes from selling advertising, often using Google sponsored links, and by directing buyers to eBay.
We strongly suspect that this gives most of these hack writers an incentive to be kind to eBay.
We believe eBay encourage this, and provide programming support to help anybody to do the same. We believe that this kind of viral marketing, and paid for placement on these websites is unethical. Site owners could and should provide a clear and readily findable page stating how their sites are financed. This might alert their more astute readers to the reason the site exists, and alert them to the very strong possibility of biased advice.
English or Gibberish?
Even the domain name of this site buybullions.co.uk make us laugh (although some less optimistic folk might cry). The owner clearly is either illiterate, or English is not his first language. The word "bullion" is usually used as an adjective, as in bullion coins, bullion bars. When it is used as a noun, it is used in a collective plural sense, as in "gold bullion". We are finding it difficult to try to construct any English expression where the word bullion would be used in the plural i.e. "bullions". Our first thought, then, was the site author might be from Essex or possibly Kent, having been influenced by the .co.uk top level domain, but no, it turns out to be someone from Malaysia.
Now there are many languages spoken on Malaysia including Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai, Iban and Kadazan. We are not sure, but we believe only about 10% of Malaysians speak English, and mainly as a second language. Bearing this in mind, perhaps we should not be quite as harsh on Tee Boon Chin, whose English is much better than our Malaysian or Chinese, but then again, we would not insult our audience by attempting to write anything in those languages. We would stick to our native tongue, and let a professional translator do the rest.
It is dishonest and unethical to pirate and steal other people's work by using high quality copyright photographs without the owner's consent. To do so in competition with them is doubly devious. We can partially understand why they do it; it is quick and easy (but then so is robbing people).
In this case Buy Bullions Tee Boon Chin of Malaysia (buybullions.co.uk) and its owners could not be bothered to take the time and trouble of photographing a British gold sovereign, a Chinese gold panda or a gold Britannia themselves, or paying a professional photographer to do it for them, so they decided it was quicker and easier to steal ours instead. If you compare our photograph with others on their website, you can easily see why they used ours! They probably also thought we would not notice, even though most of the other photos on their site are almost certainly pirated from elsewhere.
For these reasons, we conclude the Buy Bullions Tee Boon Chin of Malaysia (buybullions.co.uk) are dishonest and unethical, and we recommend anybody to avoid using this poor quality site containing little or no unique content. If they will cheat us by stealing our photographs, what would they do to you for your gold coins or your money?
Their index page uses two of our photograph, and at least two of their other pages use other photographs owned by us.
Anonymous Faceless Rubbish
There is no "About Us" page, "Contact Us" page, or any other content which would help to identify the owner or operator of buybullions.co.uk, or its main author, identify the level of expertise possessed, or any other information whcih would give any intelligent or discerning viewer any confidence in the site.
We have to conclude that buybullions.co.uk is yet another webshite.
Tee Boon Chin
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Registered on: 14-Aug-2008
Renewal date: 14-Aug-2010
Last updated: 01-Oct-2008
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Our 2008 Uncirculated Gold Sovereign Photo
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