No, you're not being overly picky, IMHO. Unfortunately, e-bay
doesn't 'police' this stuff, and, in our current climate of
deregulation, there are no agencies which will enforce accurate
I’ve been pleasantly surprised, though, by eBay’s willingness to
police items that are described misleadingly or inaccurately, when
the items are reported to them. With 25,000+ auctions starting
daily, there is no way that they can review each one to make sure
it’s accurate – and they don’t have a staff of gemologists on hand
to detect things that are “fishy.” But when someone calls it to
their attention, they do act quickly and responsibly to shut down the
When enough of those items are reported to raise their “radar,” they
put things in place to find “trigger phrases” and handle it. That
was how we got many of those fraudulent Indonesian “art” auctions
detected/removed, and safeguards put in place to minimize them.
If we each found auctions that we knew contained fraudulent
representation and reported those auctions to eBay, they would start
"getting the picture" on the quartz issue. In my mind, it’s a
responsibility we have to police ourselves; if a merchant in our area
were selling the stuff and advertising it in the local paper as
something it isn’t, would we raise the red flag and report them?
It’s the same thing in our online world.
Hand-crafted artisan jewelry