ebay does not consider themselves as policeman of pirated material (not saying they should since impossible task) and the ratings of sellers is an approximation at best since highly related sellers can get negative feedback removed. Purchasing pirated material is a personal choice.
You can always scan and OCR yourself too.
Given the above, they still seemed stuck. I am not sure it is just not wanting to spend the money but just continue to milk the revenue cow. Just offering a catalog in PDF is a step forward but quite 1990ish. If the data was truly in a real database online rather than based upon the printed version, we could see images of all stamps online with information indexed.
Stampworld (www.stampworld.com) is a good companion for Scott since stampworld provides images for a lot more stamps. I use it a lot to find issues by image. For example, if there is a common design stamp you will not find an image except in the common design section. Of course, you may not know this while searching.
I guess I just figured it was kosher since it is (was?) on eBay.com.
Having 2nd thoughts on any of it. The seller reminded me that digital sales are not refundable. Is that so?
And this was done AFTER I ordered a used Michel catalog from someone in Switzerland for $6 + $3 postage... Not sure what I am getting there, but I'll see one of these days. It's probably crossing the pond in a rowboat!
Well, after futzing around with the link, I managed to start the download of one Stanley Gibbons file. At 500 mb's, with no apparent end in sight, I cancelled the download.
Maybe I can get VISA to stop payment.
Visa - maybe?
It may be a good idea to register with PayPal given their close link to eBay.
Items can be purchased with PayPal through a bank account or from your credit card.
Saves the seller from getting credit info and if you have a good case, say for being duped into buying pirated products, PayPal will reverse the transaction. I have personally had many reversals from buyers & sellers.
eBay Policy Items that bear a company's official brand name or logo can be listed as long as the products were lawfully made by, for, or with the consent of that company.
We don't allow replicas, counterfeit items, or unauthorized copies to be listed on eBay. Unauthorized copies may include things that are bootlegged, illegally duplicated, or pirated. These kinds of things may infringe on someone's copyright or trademark.
I doubt the seller can refute this if you threaten a case with eBay. It will shut him down.