The setup: a comic book called Elektra was recently released with unauthorized nude artwork published in it, to Marvel comic’s horror. They recalled them and sent out replacements. The “nude edition” is now a coveted collectible, and sells for ~$30.
I bid in an auction titled “Elektra #3 “Nude” edition, signed,” for an autographed copy. The auction details said, “Elektra #3 NUDE edition This auction is for the version of Elektra #3…that never made it on the shelves.”
I won, and received the item. $29.00.
Here’s the fun part: it’s NOT the collectible
nude edition." It’s the regular, off-the-shelves edition! It includes a “Certificate of Authenticity” printed on computer paper (and misspelled), and cut out with scissors, which still identifies it as the “nude edition.” Since the book wasn’t what was promised, and the CoA was phony, I have doubts about the autographs being real, either.
You ready for the crappy part? The seller says it’s MY fault! He says he never claimed it was the nude edition, and that he only used the words “nude edition” in the auction to bring in more search hits, not to imply that this actually WAS that edition, and I should have asked first! He says that since he never used the actual specific words, “This is…[the nude edition],” I should not have assumed it was the limited collectible!
What’s more, he refuses a refund, and has complained to Ebay about ME, saying I’m harassing him for even disputing the matter.
So if anyone’s in the Lansing, Michigan area, or just has some interesting ideas on how to handle this, I’d love to hear it!