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psi_llc in eBay Copyright Theft
psi_llc, of las vegas, NV, United States, stole our 2009 Krugerrand photograph to use on eBay, and failed to tell buyers the image was not of the same coin or coins he was selling. Totally dishonest!

High eBay Feedback is No Guarantee of Integrity or Honesty
When we wrote this page, this eBay member's feedback was 162; with 100% positive according to eBay.

eBay Copyright Thieves
Many eBay vendors use our coin photographs to sell inferior quality coins on eBay. These eBay members are dishonest and should be avoided.
We believe eBay profits from IP rights infringements (copyright theft), and does so knowingly, only removing infringing items reluctantly, if at all.

Sample Listing

2009 South Africa Kruggarand 1 ounce gold coins
2009 1 ounce gold Kruggarand (sic) coins from South Africa
This coins are (sic) uncirculated and very attractive
each price is one coin
5 offered in total
Shipping within USA $8.87
Global shipping is $46.30 due to insurance costs

Seller IDItem NumberDateDescriptionPrice
psi_llc26046712421524th Aug 20092009 South Africa Kruggarand 1 ounce gold coins$1,284
psi_llc25050657964230th Sep 20092009 South Africa Kruggarand 1 ounce gold coin$1,195
psi_llc2604671242153rd Oct 20092009 South Africa Kruggarand 1 ounce gold coins$1,899

What's Wrong?
We invest a great deal of time, effort, and cost into creating some of the best photographic coin images on the internet. We strongly object when lazy and dishonest people decide to use them without a by your leave or thanks, doing so in competition with us.
Copyright theft is dishonest. We recommend you avoid doing business with dishonest dealers.
This particular eBay seller not only stole our image of the reverse of a 2009 Krugerrand, he used it to sell his own coin on eBay. He did mention to potential buyers that the high quality photographs of a near mint condition coin was not his own photograph, wrongly stating it to be a "library photograph". We wonder which library he is a member of, or whether he pays any fees or subscriptions for his membership.
Most buyers will see the photo of a mint condition coin, and assume that this is the coin on offer, and not read all the description.
It's possible he is ignorant of such fine points, or just plain ignorant.

It is always possible, even likely, that sellers who steal photographs do not own a similar coin, and have the intention to totally defraud potential buyers.
The vendor is not only cheating us by stealing our copyright images, he is fraudulently or ignorantly misleading and deceiving all potential buyers. Gaining pecuniary advantage by deception is the definition of fraud.

The seller was asking a starting price of $1,195 for his coins.
For at least two of his "feedback" items, he would have got more by selling to us when eBay's new 10% selling fees are taken into account, even ignoring PayPal fees.

eBay Guilty of Negligence or Complicity
We will be reporting this example of copyright abuse using our standard Statutory Declaration via the eBay VeRO programme, and wait to see if they chose to action or ignore our report. We look forward to taking legal action against eBay for their negligence and / or complicity if they fail to take down the offending material promptly.

Double Stupid or Double Stubborn?
We did report the above listing, which eBay removed. The stupid idiot decided to repeat his listing, still using one of our photographs. It happens more frequently than one would expect, leading us to believe that eBay are negligent in explaining copyright abuse to their members, and to believe that eBay are implicit co-conspirators in this abuse.

Spelling Prize
We see many atrocious examples of poor spelling, particularly on eBay. (What is it about eBay that attracts illiterates?). However psi_llc deserves special mention. Years ago, we created a page with all the mis-spelling of the word "Krugerrand", partly to help people find the correct spelling by searching for their own version of the mis-spelt word. Kruggarand is an exceptional creation, with 2 g's instead of 1, a instead of e, and 1 r instead of 2, it has three consecutive errors in three letters. So well done to psi_llc for inventing yet another new word!

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psi_llc eBay Listing Using our 2009 Krugerrand Photograph
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