Andy Taylor wrote:
> Although a homemade coin piano can make as good music as the original
> ones can, I think the webmasters should _require_ the add writer to
> plainly state the coin piano's mechanism's origin. Just because the
> piano itself is an antique, doesn't mean the whole thing is.... [snip]
> Such a builder will plainly state where the mechanism came from, and
> it should be a advertising requirement. These machines should be
> sold for what they are, without making the buyer thinking they are
> getting an original machine.
Sorry Andy, but I disagree. It is _not_ the webmaster's role to police
the ads, nor is it his/her responsibility to do a background check on
sellers and their merchandise.
The disclaimer that has appeared at my web site from day one reads:
"Ads will be accepted on a good faith basis without verification.
It is recommended that buyers request detailed information from
sellers concerning items for sale, and, when possible, make a physical
inspection prior to purchase. The administrator makes no guarantees
about the ad or the advertiser."
It is impossible for me to check out every advertiser. I leave it up
to the individuals to make their own inquiries and decisions concerning
possible purchases. Most people would object to my, or anyone else's,
More importantly, I do not presume to know the desires and preferences
of buyers and sellers. Although one buyer may want to know, for
example, the origin of a mechanism, another buyer could care less.
To reiterate, it is the responsibility of the _buyer_, not the advert-
ising medium host, to ask questions concerning a seller's merchandise
and business practices.
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