Stamp Collectors Against Dodgy Sellers
February 24, 2003:
The Florida seller atdinvest, currently with 1585 unique feedback points, has at some stage merged the previously suspended account cclan and the inactive account futete into its feedback. The other known user ID unlimitedstamps used by this seller is still dormant at this stage.
February 23, 2003:
As sales of the sheets of modern forgeries slow, the Florida seller atdinvest has now batched them up into groups of six sheets. The seller denied this was the case on the eBay Stamps chat board, and indicated that there were more amazing items in store for the collecting world, in the following post excerpt:
Sorry,but my sales are not waning,in order to offer a great opportunity to the little guys I made the decission to offer big lots at a little price,in order to stimulate the collectors,and also because I have an inventory in classics that you have'nt see in your life.This is nothing,more surprises are on the way,as I said some time ago :"collecting classics and expensive stamps is not a privilege anymore for a few",everyone have the right to fill that space in their albums at little cost.
January 23, 2003:
This time the Florida seller "atdinvest" makes front page news in the January 28 issue of Canadian Stamp News. Journalist Ian Robertson's third article on the activities of this seller tells the story of a second attempt by atdinvest to offer imperforate sheets of forgeries of Canadian stamps on eBay. This in spite of having previous sales cancelled in August due to complaints by Canada Post to eBay through its VERO program, which protects agains copyright violations. Canada Post were quick to report the seller this time, and the lots, which were first listed on Christmas Eve, were cancelled.
Consider what could happen if other postal authorities followed Canada Post's lead, and lodge complaints to eBay about breaches of copyright. . .
August 13, 2002:
As promised, 'atdinvest' has returned. After being reinstated by eBay, this seller began listing auctions of the imperforate sheets of modern forgeries. The IDs 'futete' and 'unlimitedstamps' are still presently NARU'd.
August 11, 2002:As of August 10, eBay user futete, an alternate ID of the previously NARUed Florida seller atdinvest, was also NARUed, terminating another series of auctions of the so-called "Hialeah Forgeries." This refers to a series of fake overprints and modern forgeries of sheets of stamps, which may have been produced very recently, in spite of the seller's claims to the contrary. A full discussion of the Hialeah forgeries can be found here.
Today, 'stmp-man', a self-identified sock puppet and lesser-known shilling ID of 'atdinvest', issued a terrifying (?) manifesto to the stamp chat board, vowing vengeance on his enemies and threatening to flood the stamp world with newly produced forgeries. The screed is reproduced here in full:
THIS IS AN OPEN STATEMENT TO ALL THE RATS LIKE BENSON AND HIS "CUATES" atdinvest has been NARU also futete,with no reason,just because a bunch of rats,and unspeakable human trash like benson and others.Well guys let me tell you something,I am patient and more important I have money,just to wait,because the stamps will be showing on the market for thousands not to say millions,and guess what,this is to the experts,no only imperforated sheets,also this is the surprise "PERFORATED AND WITH WATERMARKS"how about that guys,you didn't want a cup,well I'll give you four.Every valuable stamp in the catalog will be showing perf,imperf,and with watermark if need it.Went I said that this revolution in the hobby nobody wil be able to stop it,I mean it,every collector has the right to have the expensive and rare stamps in their albums,and this is my task.You piss me off and now you guys will suffer the consequences,this is not a BS,is a reality,and if I tell you who is the artist you'll be in shock,but no yet,the time will come that every collector will have the privilege of knowing who is the artist.Now benson and comparsa be prepare for the storm.atdstaff.
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