Yesterday the Bidamount Second Opinion Authentication Service Story on EcommerceBytes was posted by the news website.
A few days ago we contacted them to see if the story was of interest, to our pleasant surprise they did a nice piece on the effort.
About The Second Opinion Authentication Service
Earlier this month eBay and Bidamount decided to partner in an effort to improve the buying experience of Chinese and Asian antique customers on eBay. Thus the Second Opinion service was born.
We're hoping in time it will become ubiquitous within the industry across all auction platform as an option for dealers, collectors and hobbyists interested in the art to aid them in avoiding mistakes.
At present, there are over 840,000 items listed for sale in the Asian antique section as "ANTIQUE" on the massive site. Clearly, this not and cannot be accurate as most regular users already know. How to correct the problems that result constantly from the inaccurately described items is essential for the Asian art market to remain viable and to grow.
Nothing can possibly more discouraging than collecting what are thought to be great early items, only to learn they're mostly copies and reproductions. Not to mention the economic losses which can be vast amounting to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Second Opinion Authentication Service on EcommerceBytes, a good first step in getting the word out.
Going forward, we hope to see this effort to get increasing attention and involvement from buyers. Maybe, just maybe sellers of copies and reproductions will see that their days are dwindling in being able to continue.
The next question going ahead is whether or not auction sites like "LiveAuctioneers, "Invaluable", "ICollector" and "BidSquare" will get the message and incorporate similar services as well.