eBay lawsuit must watch
During research, I stumbled over this eBay lawsuit which is insane and shows how reckless the global auction platform is acting against a Massachusetts couple (working for the press). The videos are from June 2021 resp. June 2020 but are highly interesting. Please watch and share!
Being an eBay member myself for 20+ years, I was always a critic of eBay. I, too, had heated email exchanges with them. The latest mandatory Payoneer payment system by eBay is very controversial. The online giant calls it “eBay managed payments”. As a member, you can’t choose anymore how to pay – you need to use the US-based Payoneer service. Especially for Europeans, this is a massive disadvantage as payout takes much longer than before and is converting from USD into EUR at a terrible exchange rate.
eBay’s Global Shipping Program (GSP) is also much under critics as it makes you pay customs duties where no customs duties apply, or you even pay double customs sometimes. Plus, GSP asks for insanely high shipping costs. I always wondered why no European entity was suing eBay and their practice for payment and global shipping.
Why the above case never got more global media attention is a riddle for me. I guess eBay spends a lot of money on “lobbying.” Finding “bad news” about the online platform is tough, but they exist. On the contrary, we can find plenty of articles that eBay is suing its partners/members. eBay lawsuit must watch
To be clear, eBay threatened this couple “..to crush them and do everything to take them down ..by whatever is necessary”. But it didn’t stop there – they received death threats! eBay lawsuit must watch
Make no mistake. These orders came from eBay’s Top level!
Six eBay Executives And Employees Charged With Threatening Natick Couple
(related video – must watch!)
Update May 2022
eBay fail to settle lawsuit over bizarre harassment
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1. What are the earliest known examples of passports, and how have they evolved?
The word "passport" came up only in the mid 15th Century. Before that, such documents were safe conducts, recommendations or protection letters. On a practical aspect, the earliest passport I have seen was from the mid 16th Century. Read more...
2. Are there any notable historical figures or personalities whose passports are highly sought after by collectors?
Every collector is doing well to define his collection focus, and yes, there are collectors looking for Celebrity passports and travel documents of historical figures like Winston Churchill, Brothers Grimm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Read more...
3. How did passport designs and security features change throughout different periods in history, and what impact did these changes have on forgery prevention?
"Passports" before the 18th Century had a pure functional character. Security features were, in the best case, a watermark and a wax seal. Forgery, back then, was not an issue like it is nowadays. Only from the 1980s on, security features became a thing. A state-of-the-art passport nowadays has dozens of security features - visible and invisible. Some are known only by the security document printer itself. Read more...
4. What are some of the rarest and most valuable historical passports that have ever been sold or auctioned?
Lou Gehrig, Victor Tsoi, Marilyn Monroe, James Joyce, and Albert Einstein when it comes to the most expensive ones. Read more...
5. How do diplomatic passports differ from regular passports, and what makes them significant to collectors?
Such documents were often held by officials in high ranks, like ambassadors, consuls or special envoys. Furthermore, these travel documents are often frequently traveled. Hence, they hold a tapestry of stamps or visas. Partly from unusual places.
6. Can you provide insights into the stories behind specific historical passports that offer unique insights into past travel and migration trends?
7. What role did passports play during significant historical events, such as wartime travel restrictions or international treaties?
During war, a passport could have been a matter of life or death. Especially, when we are looking into WWII and the Holocaust. And yes, during that time, passports and similar documents were often forged to escape and save lives. Example...
8. How has the emergence of digital passports and biometric identification impacted the world of passport collecting?
Current modern passports having now often a sparkling, flashy design. This has mainly two reasons. 1. Improved security and 2. Displaying a countries' heritage, icons, and important figures or achievements. I can fully understand that those modern documents are wanted, especially by younger collectors.
9. Are there any specialized collections of passports, such as those from a specific country, era, or distinguished individuals?
Yes, the University of Western Sidney Library has e.g. a passport collection of the former prime minister Hon Edward Gough Whitlam and his wife Margaret. They are all diplomatic passports and I had the pleasure to apprise them. I hold e.g. a collection of almost all types of the German Empire passports (only 2 types are still missing). Also, my East German passport collection is quite extensive with pretty rare passport types.
10. Where can passport collectors find reliable resources and reputable sellers to expand their collection and learn more about passport history?
A good start is eBay, Delcampe, flea markets, garage or estate sales. The more significant travel documents you probably find at the classic auction houses. Sometimes I also offer documents from my archive/collection. See offers... As you are already here, you surely found a great source on the topic 😉
11. Is vintage passport collecting legal? What are the regulations and considerations collectors should know when acquiring historical passports?
First, it's important to stress that each country has its own laws when it comes to passports. Collecting old vintage passports for historical or educational reasons is safe and legal, or at least tolerated. More details on the legal aspects are here...
Does this article spark your curiosity about passport collecting and the history of passports? With this valuable information, you have a good basis to start your own passport collection.
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