Can other sellers copy and use my auction photos on their offers?

WulfmannWulfmann Member Posts: 4,845 ✭✭✭
I noticed an auction for the same thing I recently sold and thought the picture looked very much like mine.
Clicked on it and it actually was my picture and at first I thought GB had relisted an item of mine that had sold but of course it was a different seller.
Now, this has no adverse affect on me and being a case of ammo it was generic enough but still just curious.
Is this OK to do as i against the rules?
Should I have reported it?
And, who would i report it to?
By that I mean someone that will actually reply, no offense
"Fools learn from their own mistakes. I learn from the mistakes of others"
Otto von Bismarck


  • Ricci.WrightRicci.Wright Member Posts: 1,545 ✭✭✭✭
    I have had people steal entire auctions from me. They have copied my entire presentation, words, photos', everything, and listed them on another firearms sales site at a low fixed sale price. The last one was a few months ago and the guy had my gun and two other listings for sale. I found the other two guns and their real listings on Gunbroker. I contacted the gun shop that owned those two guns and let them know what was happening. As far as just taking your pictures, I don't know. Send Gunbroker an email and ask.
  • nmyersnmyers Member Posts: 16,331 ✭✭✭
    edited September 5
    There's no way to prevent someone from copying your photos.  However, it's a reportable (criminal) offense for someone to "hi-jack" your auction & get the payment sent to them.
    To discourage photo copying, some folks put a "watermark" on all their photos.  I don't know how they do it, maybe someone will volunteer that information.  Absent that, you could put a unique item with a little sign reading "Wulfmann's garden gnome" or something like in every picture to identify your genuine auctions.
  • Flying Clay DiskFlying Clay Disk Member Posts: 34,948 ✭✭✭✭
    I see it all the time on here.  Ebay too.
    I can't speak for GB, but I think legally if the picture isn't copyrighted it's not technically against the law.
    I mean, look at how many sellers use stock manufacturer pictures, or stock pictures from other sites.
  • bustedkneebustedknee Member Posts: 1,605 ✭✭✭

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

    I can't believe they misspelled "Pork and Beans!"
  • Flying Clay DiskFlying Clay Disk Member Posts: 34,948 ✭✭✭✭
    One solution to your dilemma would be to watermark your pictures.  That, or put something in the picture which is unique to you like your store name, etc.
  • Locust ForkLocust Fork Member, Moderator Posts: 29,899 ******
    I wouldn't worry too much about it if they are actually SELLING an item.     If they are using your pictures and copying your wording to pull a scam, that is not cool at all and they need to be stopped.    Just using what they can to get a sale done isn't terrible.....just lazy.      I get notices from people every once in a while asking if I'm also selling something I have listed on another website.  Its always the same place.....they must not do much to keep the scammers off their site.       
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  • bambihunterbambihunter Member Posts: 10,431 ✭✭✭
    I don't know when they started, but GunBroker watermarks all auction pictures with the sellers user name. When I purchase an item, I download the "complete webpage" so that I can pull it up down the road. It is very handy down the road if I go to relist. I generally don't re-use their pictures from when I bought it, but sometimes there is some history or info that I somehow missed in my listing.
    So, as eluded to above, my personal feeling is if it is a legit auction, especially if they acknowledge the picture is not of the actual item, then I don't see a problem with the pictures. Now, to copy the formatting too, they could be trying to emulate you to trick buyers. That could be potentially shady. But, then again there is obviously not many sellers that know how to do proper HTML formatting. There are some sellers that have every word all in one paragraph in all caps. Those I generally skip right over. So, perhaps those people are trying to make it usable. I don't know the answer even to my own mind. I think it boils down to intention and how does one prove intention in an online auction?
    Fanatic collector of the 10mm auto.
  • MrMag00MrMag00 Member Posts: 364 ✭✭✭
  • 4205raymond4205raymond Member Posts: 1,646 ✭✭✭
    edited September 9
    Many times I have seen whole auctions (pic,description,price) from GB listed on the A list. Contacted sellers on GB and at first they don't believe you. Then in less than a hour they e-mail back, apologize and thank me. Risky business dealing with that site but after careful research I have done it once or twice a year.
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