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By Serge Kreutz (2010)
I have been writing on dubious tongkat ali sources for many years. I debunked the Eurypeptides bogus science when it appeared on the web several years ago, and subsequently, I propelled the Libidus scam to public attention when people still thought it were tongkat ali.
I started writing about the Ebay tongkat ali fakers in mid-2010, and I already have forced several well-established traders on Ebay to close their shops after cheating buyers with bootleg tongkat ali (mostly sold as "1:200 extract").
Others have just changed their Ebay shop fronts, and are now selling the same shit under another name.
So far, my style has been to point out scammers when readers and potential tongkat ali buyers emailed me for my opinion. My articles, on the other hand, only warned in general terms.
But this will change. Actually, by the time you are reading this, it has changed already.
I have decided to be more direct in my articles. In the reports that will follow, I will be naming names such as Fred Hill of circlecitymarket.com and the conquistador Ebay shop, or Pangeran of an Indonesian syndicate selling bootleg tongkat ali and many other illicit concoctions.
I am not afraid.
But I take precautions.
For example, I have put myself out of the firing range of mafia-type scammers and bootleg distributors.
I haven't been in Indonesia and Malaysia for many years. In Indonesia, I would probably be shot by a hired gun if information were available on my whereabouts there.
Alas, I am not going there.
Anyway, I do not have a high opinion of Indonesia as a country, but I do admit that Indonesia is the best source of tongkat ali by far.
I am not going to Indonesia, and I am not even easy to locate outside of Indonesia. Anyway, I like to travel, so I am moving around.
As a precaution to ensure that the information I am disseminating will continue to be available even when my domains are attacked or servers shut down (in fact, even if I were shot down), my articles are spread over many sites.
Furthermore, to make legal maneuvers against me harder to file and more expensive to proceed with, the registered owners of these sites are different names.
Thus, if ever my main domains are not accessible, a search for Serge Kreutz tongkat ali plus additional keywords will quickly produce a relevant Google return.
As mentioned above, there are still a good number of tongkat ali scammers operating on Ebay. Ebay is not easy to convince to take them off.
Anyway, I assume that a considerable portion of Ebay's income is derived from the trade in counterfeit items, illegal copies, bootleg products, and the like.
Officially, Ebay does not condone such things on their platform. But certainly, they are not very active to ban products, and they are notoriously difficult to communicate with.
First, they require anybody who does want to communicate with them to have a verified Ebay account, and when one does want to report an item, one is restricted to a few words.
It's then questionable whether they will take any action at all. I guess that unlike payment processors who ban merchants at the slightest indication of something illegal, Ebay is rather inclined to sit out such cases, and to wait for judicial clarity.
Anyway, I have found it pretty frustrating to act against tongkat ali fakers by informing Ebay. The successes that I did have against illicit Ebay distributors can all be attributed to communication outside of Ebay.
And this will be the road ahead. I will be writing public articles about each and every illicit tongkat ali distribution I know of.
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