The Sellers Description on this item read: "Here is a copy of a Instruction manual for Installing, Operating and Care of INTERNATIONAL CARD RECORDERS….manufactured by …International Time Recording, Endicott, NY, USA….This booklet provides instructions for International Card Recorders OR Punch Clocks….The booklet is in good condition 12 pages….the text is accompanied with detailed line drawings to help with understanding the Clock.Shipping 3.00 in USA."
With a BuyItNow price of $12.95, I thought it would make a nice addition to my collection, and sent off $16 in the mail grumbling a bit about paypal not being a payment option. When it arrived about a week later, I was disappointed to find it was a poor quality Xerox copy, printed on yellow paper with a card stock cover.
On re-reading the auction listing, the wording "a COPY of a Instruction manual for Installing, Operating and Care of INTERNATIONAL CARD RECORDERS…" and "The booklet is in good condition 12 pages" took on a different meaning than on my first reading. Of course it was in good condition, it was a modern copy! I had expected a powerseller with over 2,000 feedbacks would know the rules for selling copies and reproductions and had made a clearer and more proper disclosure that it was not an original.
In a followup, the seller has pointed out to me that he has a lot of happy buyers, and reminded me that if I had concerns, I should have asked before purchase. Point taken, yet at the time of sale, I leaped to an assumption that was not correct based on the dual use of the word copy. Had I taken the use of the word copy as a red flag, this would all be a moot point. My Bad! I will assume that the other buyers were happy to receive the information and cared little that it was a copy. I will admit as a collector and author on the subject of IBMcollectables, I am quite sensitive on the subject of copyright and trademark, both abuse and fair use concerns, particularly when it comes to the Itty Bitty Computer Company.
As to the sellers comment "I Have always had a satisfaction Policy, 16.00 bucks is not going to break me or make me rich." I agree, I only ask that all sellers include of the the words Reproduction or Modern Copy in the spirit of full disclosure when the collectable is modern or outright declare items as NOT Original when they in fact are not.