I joined TPF, when I returned to eBay (after a brief hiatus) to sell high-end handbags, etc. I wanted to keep up with the latest info/fashion/trends & found some of their info to be helpful. But I felt a bit disenchanted, when I saw them posting hundreds of various eBay sellers (& their ID's) asking all members to report these supposed "scammer" sellers. Dozens of women (within minutes) then simply followed their lead & blindly, reported these sellers. I couldn't help but wonder ~ what made ANY of these women *Experts* on which bags were "undeniably" fake? Many of them even admitted to only "having a hunch" or only being "pretty sure" these bags were not genuine. "Guessing, surmising, believing, or assuming" is NOT grounds for asking hundreds of women to report & possibly destroy, someone's business/credibility/livelihood (& especially, reputation)!
After they targeted me & had several of my own listings removed, I had enough. I felt SO violated & disgusted reading the horrible comments being written about me, as a seller ~ assuming I was just another P.O.S. "scammer" & questioning my [lack of] integrity & moral values. ALL these malicious attacks, over the doubted authentication of TWO bags. I even had a buyer back out of a sale, after visiting TPF & viewing the false info. I then continued to lose a substantial amount of my [only] income last summer, thanks to the false allegations made by the TPF self-proclaimed *Experts*. I was SO upset, I wrote a long post asking these women to please "think twice" before so carelessly, attempting to destroy one's rep, livelihood, etc... I explained my long seller history of 100% positive feedback & my VERY genuine concern for my buyer's satisfaction. I offered to provide proof for the bags authenticity & mentioned the validity of the respected manufacturer I use, etc... Yet, I was surprised at some of the callous responses I received. Some calling me a liar & others calling me naive/stupid for "BUYING fake bags" to resell. No matter WHAT I said, I was already branded as both a bad seller AND stupid buyer. I was livid & SO frustrated... I had spent years building my perfect feedback, genuine reputation & earning the trust of my buyers. Yet, in one fell swoop, it seemed to be permanently scarred, thanks to the careless lies of these manipulative women (who seem to rule TPF).
Here's the kicker... The two bags that the TPF *Experts* claimed were definite knock-offs, were also authenticated by "Authenticate4u" to be 100% genuine. But, hey, "Authenticate4u" only has actual: years of professional credentials. So, what do they know?? <--> *sarcasm* I'm sure the *Experts* at TPF are MUCH more qualified... for randomly destroying one's livelihood.