Rip-off at wine auctions
Once again, buyers of renowned wines are being ripped off at eBay. A new case of so-called sales agents proves that eBay is almost powerless against such machinations. This case concerns the entire German-speaking area. However, there are 2 sufferers in these transactions: both buyer and seller. Both have been cheated. And the winner is? ...the one you can never catch!
I am often asked why I warn against buying wine on eBay in various media. Although thousands of wine auctions on this online platform are from honest sellers, one should not assume that this is always the case. The number of dubious wine sales in the gourmet section is negligible. As long as one is not affected oneself, one does not understand the excitement concerning eBay. But it is the duty of a journalist to report about grievances when looking at it critically. Since the situation at eBay has not really improved for years and still a certain number of member accounts are hacked (password theft) or members are cheated out of their hard-earned money, I am happy to give tips to reduce future losses or avoid them altogether. There is generally nothing wrong with (w)shopping on eBay. After all, a lot of reputable and well-known traders offer their wines here, too. But I do have something against attempted rip-offs of gullible wine enthusiasts.