The Times puts the boot into eBay.In summary, journo has watch stolen, watch turns up on eBay, people do not just take journo’s word for the fact that this is his watch and hand it over (even though he emails them from The Times!), watch and owner eventually reunited.
Let me spell it out: there are people who are criminals; there are people who profit from the proceeds of crime; and, then, there is eBay.
EBay is not a thief, nor does it knowingly trade with thieves.
Can you guess which sentence the lawyers wrote, children?
It would just be churlish of me to say that if Mr Morished’s watch had been sold at a car boot sale or street market or in a pub, he would have had neither his watch back, nor a soapbox to stand on to write his piece. We have a lot to thank eBay for 😉