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AIBU to think the selling something in the style of in not fraud?

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Pumpernickel10 Sat 11-Jun-11 15:11:17

Many articles on this one this week. An lady buys a hangbag from a charity shop and puts it in the style of a Radley bag. She's now being sued by Radley for selling it on eBay.
She put it was only in the "style" of Radley not that it was a Radley bag.
Your thoughts MNers

trixymalixy Sat 11-Jun-11 15:15:49

I think as long as it is not meant to be an exact fake copy then it should be fine to put in the style of. I've seen that a few times with e.g. A warehouse dress in the style of Vivienne Westwood.

hiddenhome Sat 11-Jun-11 15:15:51

I think she was just chancing her arm and should have just put it in as a bag with the basic description. Name dropping is naughty.

StewieGriffinsMom Sat 11-Jun-11 15:16:34

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sharted Sat 11-Jun-11 15:17:39

These really piss me off on eBay so serves her right. If I want to search for 'BNIB Converse' I don't want some shit copy from Next coming up. Was it a copy of a radley bag or just a bag?

Pumpernickel10 Sat 11-Jun-11 15:20:28

I agree with the points here and eBay is awashed with fakes. I know this to my own experience. But if someone is selling something to say it genuine and authentic when it's clearly a fake a can understand someone being sued but in the style of to be is so different

Pumpernickel10 Sat 11-Jun-11 15:21:26

It was just a normal bag that she put in the style if not genuine or authentic

squeakytoy Sat 11-Jun-11 15:24:01

I got an item removed for saying it was a chanel style necklace. Very annoying because I made it very clear in the auction that it was a vintage copy of a chanel piece.. which it bloody was!!!

scurryfunge Sat 11-Jun-11 15:24:02

I think it was the naming of the brand in the advert that is wrong. She was clearly trying to generate more interest in the advert by using the word Radley. It plants the idea in someone's head. She should have just called it "handbag with dog motif" or similar.

worraliberty Sat 11-Jun-11 15:26:35

I think it's called keyword spamming isn't it?

Pumpernickel10 Sat 11-Jun-11 15:28:14

Thats a new one keyword spanning

BornInAfrica Sat 11-Jun-11 15:32:56

Nothing new about the term 'keyword spamming' - worra is absolutely right. For better or worse Ebay is not what it once was and you just can't do this shit anymore and it's not even worth trying.

Pumpernickel10 Sat 11-Jun-11 15:36:45

I've not shopped on eBay since buying what I thought was a genuine mulberry bag which turned out to be a fake Chinese one.
Paypal we're great though got my money back smile
But I thought I was buying a authentic mulberry not a Copy

Mamaz0n Sat 11-Jun-11 15:40:01

unless it is stated that it is xxx then surely that is not illegal.

IF she has stated quite clearly that this is a "similar to, but not" then i can't see where the problem is.

I hoe the judge throws it out and gives Radleys a whopping costs bill

sharted Sat 11-Jun-11 16:14:55

They should not be allowed to put a brand name in the title unless they are the brand name. If they must then they should be made to call it radleyish, or converseish. That way people looking for cheap copies can search those -ish words but people wanting genuine products don't worry about misleading items coming up.

onagar Sat 11-Jun-11 16:26:02

It may well be against ebay's rules, but I don't see how she can be sued for mentioning their name when it was clear she wasn't saying that it was made by them.


I'm guilty on three counts of naming them and won't again.

BornInAfrica Sat 11-Jun-11 16:32:26

Pumpernickel - how much did you pay for your 'Mulberry' bag and honestly - really now - did you think it would be genuine off Ebay?

LilQueenie Sat 11-Jun-11 18:21:11

for years you are not allowed to say in th style of or not authentic or whatever on ebay. Its nothing new.

pumpernickel10 Sat 11-Jun-11 18:23:46

Africa I paid £190 for a Joel bag that was used. Very silly of me I know but seller had great feedback and I trusted my not so good instints sad

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