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Thu Feb 2 2012 12:51:38

Amazon Takes a Swing at Sports Collectibles Space

By: Julia Wilkinson

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Amazon made another move towards eBay's collectibles space with the announcement today that it was launching a new Sports Collectibles Store. "Offering more than two million unique collectibles from major sports leagues and sporting events," according to Amazon's release, the store will feature a "broad selection from official licensees of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and International Federation of Association Football."

Amazon is stressing the authenticity of items in the store. "Our customers have told us that when purchasing sports collectibles they highly value authenticity, which is why we have teamed with some of the top sports collectibles sellers in the world to provide unique items with easy to find authentication and condition information,” said Peter Faricy, vice president of Amazon Marketplace. “The emphasis on authenticated selection, combined with our A-to-z Guarantee protection on purchases, allows customers to shop the new store with confidence.”

Amazon.com says collectors and fans can find a selection from official licensees of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and International Federation of Association Football.

Playing off the upcoming Super Bowl, the main page of the new "Sports Collectibles & Memorabilia" site (with a "BETA" next to its title) showcases high-end signed items like a "Tom Brady Signed New England Patriots White Reebok Authentic Jersey" for $1,120.40, and an "Eli Manning Signed Mounted Memories Football Helmet-Mini" for $289.95.

What do you think of Amazon's move into the collectibles space? Will it mean fewer sales for eBay? Would you shop there, and feel more comfortable buying because of their emphasis on authenticity? How do you feel about their statement of working only with "top sellers" - do you think they will open up this space to a wider range of sellers down the road?




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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Thu Feb 2 15:45:42 2012

Amazon is no better than ebay, and sellers should be wary of whatever Amazon does.

The odds are high, IMO, that "top sellers" mean the mall stores and even the leagues themselves.

I feel sorry for anyone already selling these items on Amazon. Amazon will swallow you up and then spit out the pieces.

Like ebay, Amazon is a corporate predator.

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by: teddychan This user has validated their user name.
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Thu Feb 2 15:55:52 2012

It's a little late for that, Amazon. For years your site grew into the #1 outlet (yes, exceeding eBay) for fraudsters selling forged autographs, and when faced with this information, you ignored it.

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by: teddychan This user has validated their user name.
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Thu Feb 2 16:04:58 2012

Joe Paterno autographed footballs for $49.99? Yeah, I'm sure those are legit.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/shops/storefront/index.html?ie=
UTF8&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&sellerID=ARPB7M7AUNLZY

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This user has validated their user name. by: FidoSysop
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Thu Feb 2 16:15:40 2012

The word trust comes to mind here. Actually is should be the lack of trust.

Buying new merchandise from either of the a fore mentioned sites is pretty safe as both have decent buyer protection.

But for used collectibles i wouldn't trust anyone online no matter what site it's being offered on.

Like Rob Chesnutz one said about eBay, we do not have a product. We are in the trust business. I think they blew that a long time ago. );

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This user has validated their user name. by: Nan
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Fri Feb 3 10:07:25 2012

Hmmm.  I am wondering whether this will spill over to the books category, where I have several author-signed books at Azon.  It will be interesting to see how far they will take this. Did somebody mention the Coins category?

I don't know if eBay will fall in line with Azon this time.  They would lose too much business from their BFF's the Chinese knock-off sellers.  Of course, I guess a COA could be knocked-off too.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Fri Feb 3 12:55:31 2012

"Unique Sports Collectibles:" This stuff is invariably all extremely overpriced, mass produced junk. I can't imagine why anyone would want to buy any of it new. If you are in to that sort of junk, wait until it's listed second hand on eBay and pick it up for one tenth of the original price.

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by: yardboy This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 3 17:56:24 2012

If you want to know the true story about fakes you should look at the following site.
ebay and psa/dna are exposed in many of the articles.
http://www.autographalert.com

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by: teddychan This user has validated their user name.
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Sat Feb 4 21:46:47 2012

The interesting part of the announcement is that instead of the forgers on Amazon competing against small autograph dealers, now they will be competing directly against Amazon's own shiny new overpriced store. So I expect Amazon to suddenly devote attention to the flood of forgeries in its Marketplace after ignoring pleas to do so for the last few years.

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by: teddychan This user has validated their user name.
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Sat Feb 4 21:49:21 2012

Regarding eBay, YES it was overrun by sellers of fake autographs for quite some time and earned a very bad reputation. But in recent years they have made a real effort to police their site. With autographs it's always an uphill battle, but at least eBay CARES about the problem, Amazon could NOT CARE LESS.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Sun Feb 5 00:03:19 2012

eBay cares about nothing but their bottom line; I'm sorry, but anyone who thinks otherwise is as delusional as eBay's chief headless turkey, John Donahoe.

eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking

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by: teddychan This user has validated their user name.
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Sun Feb 5 13:26:48 2012

Of course eBay (and Amazon and almost every corporation) only cares about its bottom line. At least eBay finally realized that the damage to its reputation from fraud was larger than the FVF fees it was collecting from fraudulent transactions.

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by: teddychan This user has validated their user name.
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Sun Feb 5 17:52:20 2012

Not surprised that Amazon listed JSA and PSA/DNA alongside Mounted, Steiner, Tri-Star and UDA, even though the latter companies actually conduct paid signings, while JSA and PSA/DNA basically throw darts at the wall and cut backroom deals with questionable dealers.



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