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Ford Gets Serious About Parts on eBay !

Ford Motor Co. wants eBay and PayPal to turn over data on 13 users the automaker accuses of selling fake or unlicensed Ford parts on the online auction site, including names, addresses and bank accounts — and won a court order blocking eBay and PayPal from revealing Ford's demand to the users targeted.
 
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yep. their lawyers in Utah are nasty. ask me how i know.....
 
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Not surprised at all. There used to be a few places that you could buy Ford stickers and such that will no longer sell anything related to the Ford logo.

Then there's also the individuals who were gone after for things as trivial as hosting a website that linked to another place that had some Ford data on it. Turns out just providing a link to some other place can get very expensive.

Ask David how he knows. (but do it in a PM just to be on the safe side.)
 
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I wonder if any of the vendors were the ones marketing ICP sensors with incorrect P/N's.

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Doesnt surprise me at all. Would you want sub-par products with your logo floating around?
 
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From the parts prospective, it sounds good to me, if I wasn't an informed consumer that belongs to a Ford ("Enthusiast") forum I could be getting ripped buying bogus subpar parts.
 
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Ford is just protecting their brand. Not a bad thing or uncommon for companies to seek out unauthorized vendors using their brand without going through the quality rigors mandated by that company. If the company turns a blind eye to this type of behavior, then it sets a legal precedence later for a court challenge they may end up losing. However, it does sweep up vendors who are honest and are trying to leverage a good brand name to promote their products though.
 
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Doesnt surprise me at all. Would you want sub-par products with your logo floating around?
Don't think this ebay thing is them going after subpar/aftermarket products (nothing they can about china), but more about the trademark-infringing. It is no surprise they did not need a bailout with the way they flex their legal muscle.


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Ford is just protecting their brand. Not a bad thing or uncommon for companies to seek out unauthorized vendors using their brand without going through the quality rigors mandated by that company. If the company turns a blind eye to this type of behavior, then it sets a legal precedence later for a court challenge they may end up losing. However, it does sweep up vendors who are honest and are trying to leverage a good brand name to promote their products though.

That is just the thing, they go too far. They sued a company that made a calendar using some of their employees vehicles (all f**ds). They then sold these calendars at a fund raiser for charity. In the end, the case was dropped, but all money they had raised was gone. And then some.


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Then there's also the individuals who were gone after for things as trivial as hosting a website that linked to another place that had some Ford data on it. Turns out just providing a link to some other place can get very expensive.
aiding and abetting copyright infringement be careful when you provide links.....
 
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Damn.... I just received an A/C compressor that does not look like a genuine Ford part....
 
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Now, if they would go after the aftermarket vendors who sell "replacement parts" that are substandard. Nothing is more frustrating than to buy a part that is supposedly a "replacement part" and then have it fail after a couple of hundred miles. When I was growing up on the farm, we used Standard Ignition and Niehoff parts with no trouble or issues whatsoever. Now you can't find them in the parts stores and the crap they are selling won't last the normal life of what they should. Oh wait, standard and Niehoff were made in the USA. That's not corporately correct anymore.
 
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A lot of companies start getting their products made in China to maximize profits. Of course, the overall quality suffers.

Look at what happened to Doc Martens...

They still want top dollar for their boots, but they are not the same anymore.
 
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I recently changed the front hub and bearing assemblies on my 01 250. It took some looking around and I had to order them to get them, but I insisted on using Timken bearings. The quality of the rest of them is lacking in my opinion and right now IMHO, the Timkens are best ones available. I had to put a new throttle pedal sensor in it about a year ago. It is acting funny again and that is what is flagging on my AE computer. I am looking at ordering a Standard Ignition sensor as no-one in the local area sells them. I'm to the point that I won't buy any electronic sensors from BWD anymore. I've had to return almost 100% of the ones I have bought.
 
 
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