Cops and Criminals - Symbiosis that Costs Collectors Lots
Here at Collectors Proof, nary a day begins without a staffer bringing up a new way that someone has formulated to monetize either counterfeits or monetize the fear that counterfeiting creates. We contemplate these offerings because we know they are contemplating us. Collectors Proof's chain-of-custody and ID Verification systems - so effective and so inexpensive - strike fear in the hearts of not just counterfeiters but at the boardroom tables of some industry stalwarts that subsist on collectors' fears.
This sounds paranoid, right? I wish it were just paranoia. But on multiple occasions now, we've been asked directly by these folks:
- "Are you aware that less ethical companies than ours are looking for ways to shut you down?"
- "How will you prevent that? What is your game plan?"
I'm not kidding you when I say they physically lean forward to hear our answers. It's unnerving at times.
It's never easy sucking revenue out of an established industry. Too many people have too much to lose. Too many feathers get ruffled. But on the days we get discouraged or feel daunted, a company like AuthenticateIt embraces our platform in order to better serve its customers, a reputable dealer like Sports Collectors Corner says "no" to the industry giants and "yes" to putting their good name behind the claims they make, or a well-known athlete chooses Collectors Proof self-authentication even though he knows it may cost his agent a free pair of Super Bowl tickets.
On that note, I'd like to bring to your attention the Voice of the Collector. Rob Bertrand and his friends have been blogging and talking about these problems for years. His in-depth knowledge of the problems collectors face will absolutely help you navigate the shark-infested waters serious collectors swim in.
Give them a look-and-listen. They offer an interesting counter-perspective that is worth your consideration.