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Old 06-09-2013, 10:13 PM
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Photo guide photos disappeared...?

Does anyone know what happened to them? I can't see them anymore, it says they were taken down?
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:46 PM
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:37 PM
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Forever? Why????

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Old 06-11-2013, 03:14 PM
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:15 PM
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Because this forum was sold to someone else.

The person/member who was the one that was paying to host *most* of the photos for all these years, has decided that they are no longer willing to do so. (It costs a lot of money to host all those photos....like thousands of dollars over the years)

We hope to one day have the Guides up and available for people to use.

There are still a few of us that are continuing to pay out of our pockets for photo hosting service. For example, the William Rast Guide and some of the True Religion Guide. But I don't know how long we will continue to do it.

I like being nice, but it adds up. And we don't get paid to 'work' here.

Hope that answers it!
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:19 PM
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Sympathy, and an offer

omg, that's awful! if someone wants to send me the photos, I can make some ebay guides... I have a couple on Pucci fakes, and I've never been charged a penny. I know it will take a while, but I think it would def be worth it!
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:00 PM
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omg, that's awful! if someone wants to send me the photos, I can make some ebay guides... I have a couple on Pucci fakes, and I've never been charged a penny. I know it will take a while, but I think it would def be worth it!
You would be responsible for collecting your own photos if you wanted to make any Guides. A handful of us have spent thousands of hours over the years making these Guides (taking most of the pics ourselves, spending time gathering the others, editing pics, uploading, writing the bbc coding). Now that this forum is in new ownership, some of us feel differently about giving up our hard work for the financial benefit of the new owners of the forum.


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Old 06-14-2013, 10:43 AM
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I was just offering to take what was already done and put it up on ebay for you...i thought that was pretty generous of me. Especially since i know i'll be fielding lots of questions from ebayers once I do that, but i'm not an expert, so i'd have to send them here. But fine! I thought the point was to fight back against the counterfeiters, clearly others see it differently.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:05 AM
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Btw...

The reason i like having the photo guides is so that i don't have to constantly bother people about the authenticity of a specific pair I'm interested in...it gives me the tools to figure that out (to a certain degree) myself. I dont know why anyone cares if the guides are here or on ebay, as long as they're out there where they'll be seen and can educate people. And yes, i am well aware of the amount of work that went into them, i've already made some authenticity guides myself, remember? I just never thought my offer would be turned down out of misplaced bitterness.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:52 AM
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I am sorry that you are taking my response as bitter. It is not at all. I don't think you are understanding what has happened around here.

And unfortunately the Guides were made for Authentic Forum so therefore cannot be taken to use on another site, including eBay.


We do hope to have Guides up and available soon for people to use.

I PERSONALLY still have the photo guide up that I continue to pay for. Most of the photos (thousands of photos) that were in several different photobucket account that were all being paid for the same person, are now not. I do not blame that person ONE BIT for not wanting to personally shell out the money for it anymore. We all do believe in the same thing here (that counterfeits are wrong) and love helping people. But it really does add up. I'm sure you can understand that person's position.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:23 PM
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1st eBay is not the best format for the photoguides. Due to photo constraints and other formatting issues. I also already had/have guides on eBay with photos from these guides. It is an inferior format for the guides.

2nd The bulk of the photos from the Diesel guides (in addition to numerous photos from other guides) were taken by me or collected by me from other sellers with expressed written consent that I could use them as I needed for various projects I worked on as I saw fit. I spent thousands of hours collecting and formatting photos, coding guides, updating guides etc. I also spent quite a bit of money out of my own pocket hosting said photos. The bulk of the other photos (True Religion, Rock & Republic, COH etc were collected by several members who spent a lot of time working on guides and also paid for photohosting out of their own pockets. The majority of those members left a while back, some have not posted here in years. Some of those members STILL pay for hosting out of pocket even though they are not active members of the forum.

3rd Despite what ever people might think being a mod or assistant here is not a paid job. We contribute our time for free, we paid for various expenses out of pocket w/ no reimbursement. The site has been sold to a business, this business will make money off the site. They will continue to run the site as it has always been run (with the mods contributing w/ out compensation or reimbursement for their expenses). I feel this was pretty generous of us. As the people who own the photos, pay to host them etc we have a right to determine how they are used. It has nothing to do with fighting against counterfeiters.

Finally All the people who worked on those guides shouldn't even need to defend themselves from such a claim that they do not care about fighting against counterfeiters. That is could not be more false. The people who made those guides spent countless hours contributing to fighting against counterfeiters on this site w/ the photoguides, with authenticity checks and guides, letters of authenticity to paypal and a number of other things!
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:57 PM
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Thank you...

All of you, for all you do. I've always been so impressed with the quality of the guides here, and they've been enormously helpful (and interesting) to me and countless others over the years. I have never taken you for granted, nor have I ever thought any of you were compensated financially for your work on here. I do understand and share your passion for fighting fraud in the marketplace. I hope that things work out in the end, and you find a way to reinstate your guides that is fair to everyone.

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