- Feb 21, 2013
I admittedly have not read most of this thread , however, I do not see how e-bay can be held responsible for fakes which are sometimes difficult for knife enthusiasts to detect. Spyderco had to make a move, and I commend them for it but some agreement must be reached it seems wherein Spyderco finds an offender and e-bay takes action if the accusation is correct. Complicated. Please pardon me if I am repeating what has already been stated.
The problem is Ebay knowingly letting sellers sell fake/clone/counterfeit knives when they are very often listed as such. You don't have to have specific knife knowledge to understand fake/clone/counterfeit. In this case, it appears Spyderco consistently reports these sellers and adds to Ebay and it appears little or nothing is done about it. Ebay is letting these sales continue which potentially infringes on Spyderco's trademarks patents and copyrights.
The biggest problem with Ebay is that it's about profit. Right now I'm guessing defending these type of suits is cheaper than the loss revenue from cracking down on the sellers. Until that balance shifts and more and more suits consume their bottom line, I doubt much will be done.