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Alleged Art Forger Says It’s Easy to Get Back Selling on eBay

A new report from the Telegraph indicates it’s quite easy to get back on eBay even after being suspended by the marketplace “for life.” The UK newspaper said it exposed a man last year for selling fakes on eBay and caught up with him this month. He said he was back on eBay, explaining he opened a new account and continued selling on the site.

The man told the Telegraph, “eBay claimed to have banned me for life but it’s easy to get new sites. Don’t tell eBay but it’s very simple to get back on. You don’t even need to buy a new computer. All you have to do is change the IP address on the same computer.”

Apparently the reporter did not heed the man’s request that he keep his renewed activity secret, and it asked eBay about the account. A company spokesperson told the Telegraph it had previously removed several accounts linked to the man.

The marketplace advised buyers who might be concerned about the authenticity of an item to report it to police. “Once reported to the police, eBay and the police work in partnership to investigate the item and the seller,” eBay told the newspaper.

The man in question told the Telegraph he’s sold 130 paintings and made 15,000 pounds since the start of the year, including a painting listed with the title, “Duncan Grant Ballet Dancers 1934” that sold for 1,260 pounds.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.