Would it be a good idea to send a mass letter to eBay UK asking for clarification .....it may not work but may raise the issue in their mind if enough people write ....just a discussion point. I hope I have the CEO names right but that can be checked I am sure.
Dear Ms Gilmartin
I am writing to you as one of a group of collectors in the hope of clarifying the situation regarding antique and collectable fruit machines and one arm bandits and their current treatment under eBays listing policies.
The machines in question are in general mechanical and operating on pre decimal coinage and therefore purely of interest within a collection or a collectors home. Quite often the machines are of significant value and highly sought after and would offer eBay UK significant revenue when sold.
At the moment listings of these machines are routinely terminated by eBay and rarely remain listed for a full sale period. Strangely more modern electronic fruit machines seem to be allowed to run their full course even when sold by individuals who do not hold Gambling Commission Licenses.
I would be grateful if you could clarify why there is this difference in treatment and whether listings are cancelled automatically ( robot ) or after human intervention following a report to eBay UK by an individual as there is clearly a discrepancy between the treatment of the two groups.
Discussions are underway currently between representatives of our hobby and the Gambling Commission who have indicated a desire to free these collectable machines from the bureaucracy which attaches to bona fide gaming machine.
We are hoping that you can provide clarification of why eBay is treating collectable machines in this way.