Over on Biblio somebody posted a screed from a blogger about getting scammed on Ebay, and the fact that Ebay is getting greedy and setting their system up to make it easy for scammers.
All of which is true.
BUT... let's get down to the essentials of the story, which were that this supposedly intelligent individual (a tech author) went to Ebay to buy a Prada handbag cheap.
Am I telling anyone something they don't already know by observing that Prada handbags are probably the most counterfeited consumer article in the marketplace today? So this guy finds his handbag, and it's going for waaaay less than it's worth, and in the end he buys it... and (gasp) then finds out that his super-bargain was a fake.
Well roll me in oil and call me a donut. What's next on his list? Going down to 42nd Street in New York and buying a Rolex from a street vendor for a hundred bucks?
Nobody deserves to be scammed, but still... there's such a thing as having a little common sense, and then there's standing in the middle of the road waving a fistful of bills and screaming "Please, Somebody, Cheat Me!!"
It all comes down to greed. Sure, as he points out, Ebay is greedy. But so is the guy who goes there looking to buy Prada handbags for 10 cents on the dollar.
I mean, c'mon...