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Mon Feb 6 2017 13:49:07

eBay CEO Tweets Super Bowl Champ over Stolen Jersey

By: Ina Steiner

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Someone stole Tom Brady's football jersey he was wearing when his team won the Super Bowl on Sunday night, and the first place the Patriots quarterback thought to look for the stolen item, which he called a "nice piece of memorabilia," was eBay.

eBay CEO Devin Wenig wants to dispel his company's reputation as a place to fence stolen goods, and he reacted on Twitter. Linking to a news article quoting Brady joking last night that the jersey would be on eBay soon, Wenig tweeted, "It will never pass our new authentication service."

While Wenig didn't link to details about the program in his tweet, he appears to be referring to the eBay Authenticate program announced in January that lets buyers and sellers opt-in to the service, for which they must pay a fee.

eBay hasn't yet launched the program, which will focus on high-end fashion items, and possibly "other relevant inventory" to be added over the coming year.

Brady referred to eBay again this morning in a media event: "If it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know," he said, referring to his jersey.

What do you think of eBay's ability to keep stolen goods off its site, and will the new optional authentication service help? Will Brady's comments prove harmful to eBay?




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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 6 14:26:13 2017

The cahones on DW for trying to create a service that HE and his goon squad should already be doing for FREE - ie keeping fakes and stolen goods off eBay.

Maybe he (and this ties in to the LAST article posted here about the US government and fakes) should as John Donohue about his INSPIRED knockoffs - of Pan Am items?

Whats the matter BOYS? Are you guys not man enough to pay the licensing fees on brand names? are you that much of a cheapo bunch loosers that you have to STEAL? Oh wait - you do that all the time from sellers AS IT IS.

Theres a reason Brady said what he did - eBays reputation. All the stupid commercials, the new welcome center, The CRYING GRIFF SHOW, NONE of it - will fix what ails eBay.

Hal Lawton said it and while it may sound all cool - the underlying truth was there. He wished people a happy holiday from "HIS FAMILY" to yours....... is that like the Lucchese or Gambino or Decavelcante families? Most probably based on eBays behavior.

eBay has been ignoring complaints for YEARS about fakes, about crimes from its buyers (fraud, theft), counterfeits, RICO violations from its VERO division and much much more ....


eBays reputation - bad reputation is WELL deserved and quite well known.

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 6 14:27:32 2017

HA HA HA Almost chocked to death. Ebay has the ability to keep stolen and fraud items off its site...


HA HA HA had to read that again. Like always ebay speaks with forked tongue.

Must be rah rah rahing the wall street types into thinking the site is safe.

HA HA HA HA HA HA

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by: Scotty This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 6 15:54:11 2017

Firstly, what kind of a photo is that of DW?  Is he a CEO or is he trying to get a part in a movie with a Hollywood ''glam'' shot?

Regarding the jersey, this is once again a classic example of ebay responding ONLY and I mean ONLY when they anticipate bad press and the potential for it to go mainstream.  All of the other millions of horror stories we all have, and have read, will never solicit a response, because we are not Tom Brady.  100% damage control in motion.  Who cares if the ship hit an iceberg....news blackout.  Tom Brady's jersey goes missing....full on response.
How pathetic....

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Mon Feb 6 16:34:06 2017

Ebafia only cares about fenced merchandise when tories reach the media.

Their new "authentication" service is nothing but window dressing. It is primarily a new profit center for ebafia to extort more money from sellers and now buyers.

The items I sell are, always have been, and always will be authentic purchased wholesale from impeccable sources. I will NOT pay ebafia another red cent to tell me what I already know or have some ebafia appointed "expert" who might not and probably wouldn't know anything about the very specialized products I sell tell me they're not authentic.

As for Devil's attire, we all know by now that Silicon Valley executives are so impoverished they can't afford suits and ties.

I'm still waiting for he who speaks with forked tongue to actually make some genuinely positive changes to "reconnect" with small sellers other than getting the shaft.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Mon Feb 6 16:46:40 2017

ROTFL!

Stolen Brady jersey story and mention of ebafia now on at least one cable news network.

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by: ebayisscrewed This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 6 19:12:29 2017

Crap . . . Thanks Brady!!!! You probably just sent more customers to eBay in a day than all of last year!   WOO HOO Ebay Advertisment!  Nice!

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by: Frank Abagnale This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 6 20:43:44 2017

Wenig is an idiot.  

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by: Russ This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 6 21:11:02 2017

If this incident is the only coattail upon which Mr Wenig can ride to attract ''free PR'' for eBay...then how pathetic...but then again, the site has been pathetic for oh, so long...

And the photo of Mr Wenig...well, that seems to be the trend with the ''hep'' CEO base around the country these days.  He looks as though he is in a Restoration Hardware ad.  The industrial lighting along with the high-gloss metallic finishes in the background....oh, and of course, the open, tie-less collar...really?  Perhaps the lights are deck lighting from the sinking scow as Mr Wenig contemplates which lifeboat to board....

Once the allegedly stolen Brady jersey is discovered on eBay, perhaps the Kardashians will be able to track Kim's stolen jewels on eBay.fr...just a thought....

Let the eBay authentication begin....LOL!!!

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 7 10:43:41 2017


Since Wenig and his crew condone and facilitate theft from good eBay sellers, this just Wenig trying to get attention for himself before he gets the golden parachute.
I will bet that Wenig's China darlings already have thousands of this "stolen" jersey for sale.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Tue Feb 7 10:52:31 2017

Wenig looking for some free publicity?

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by: ignatz This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 7 12:14:23 2017

So Wenig thinks his new ripoff, err, "service" can detect stolen merchandise. He's less bright than I thought.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 7 13:45:01 2017

MING :)

Wenig promised he'd reconnect with sellers - NOT that it would be a POSITIVE connection ...

And he has done just that, abysmal sell throughs, draconian theftastic rules, higher fees from both eBay and Paypal - he has reconnected - with sellers WALLETS.

He makes the average buffoon look smart.

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This user has validated their user name. by: eXtinctBay

Tue Feb 7 17:56:57 2017

I think it was an inside job. Brady's jersey from Super Bowl 49 was also taken in the same manner (right out of his sports bag).

Someday, the person who has these may sell them. It won't matter if eBay is even around then. They would be sold through a high-end sports memorabilia auction house.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 7 18:30:36 2017

I tend to believe that Brady's comment was more 'off-handed' than Wenig took it for.  

That's because, despite every effort made by eBay to appear as a 'secure and viable RETAIL' eCommerce venue, most who have (likely) rarely used it in it's current schizophrenic 'manifestation' still know of it as the place that 'features' the unique and unusual, especially when it comes to highly valued sports collectibles and memorabilia, DESPITE any assesment for legality' of ownership.  I mean, any 'thief' would have to know this particular jersey is too hot to 'fence' on such a public venue.  Then again, thieves are notoriously stupid, so there's that.

eBay being 'seen' as a 'stolen goods liquidation facilitator of course IS the issue in the end analysis.  As for Wenig's reaction, well, one reaps what one sows, no?  

That, and the unstated fact eBay is no longer viable as THE 'go-to' place for a seller to safely offer ths kind of item - unless Brady himself (or an equivalent for an equivalent) were to endorse the offer.  But that's for another thread.

But if it were to be 'endorsed', this would then of course suddenly and miraculously render the listng with top shelf visibility, garner '1st page' publicity, and afford maximum 'protection', so to pass any 'scrutiny' by those who would be drawn to such a spectacle, who would otherwise not have reason to visit eBay.  

However, it seems Wenig may have actually tipped his hand, showing his full awareness of the 'quality' of this venue's content these days (present co. excepted of course).   And until he and his minions move to ACTUALLY eliminate the counterfeits and fenced goods which make up too much of it's vaunted 'growth' constantly boasted ever since the great disruption, I can certainly understand his expressed 'concern' here.  

As to his latest attempt to promote a paid 'service' (which they SHOULD have been doing as a matter of routine long ago) as the 'solution' for the STATED 'perception'....well, that itself is its OWN concern, IMHO.  


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by: rachel This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 8 00:26:41 2017

Yes Wenig should have let sleeping dogs lie. Crazy that you have to pay to have your stuff authenticated when i've been on here forever with 100 percent and top rated most of the time except this year when i had surgery...sales slowed down. this January when they took away TRS for the first time saying that I slowed down. Sorry can't sell from operating room table!  Wenig is from upstate New York right, so Boston irks him and he should just shut up.  He's no Tom Brady. Yeah go tell Tom Brady where to go. Unbelievable! .  

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by: a_c_green This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 8 01:03:34 2017

> Wenig tweeted, ''It will never pass our new authentication service.''

Taking his not-well-thought-out comment at face value, he's saying that his ''authentication service'' would be unable to recognize the actual game jersey if it was right in front of them. Not exactly a vote of confidence there.

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by: isaiah1212 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 8 01:08:51 2017

Brady should sue eBay for ruining HIS legitimate, stellar reputation. eBay only WISHES that they were as popular, and performed as well, as Tom Brady has....and with class too!

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by: Gemz This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 8 01:23:02 2017

The ONLY reason (besides getting to reap the [profits from the service which is actually not the main reason ebay is running this program)ebay is running this program is to put a valid excuse in place thus showing the people whose merchandise is being copied, that they are doing everything they can to help combat the fraud and so that these rights holders don't include ebay in the law suits! The MOST expensive thing, and the most feared thing, in all of ebay is the class action law suit! It eats the profits up and is a huge loss center for them! (Even worse than the CEO and his cronies golden parachutes!) If you want to hurt ebay the worst you possible can, SUE THEM! It's the ONLY thing that gets their attention! Just because they have a fraud program in place that yo have to pay for doesn't excuse them from the fact that they not only allow it to happen, they encourage it! Otherwise I would have seen 1000's of Chinese sellers being banned from the site and we all know that is NEVER gonna happen! Too much money generated even for the sellers that only sell items for a few dollars. It adds up fast and Ebay is there to reap their part!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bill

Wed Feb 8 01:35:00 2017

pace:

Remember what Meg said a number of years ago a monkey could run this business. He just exemplifies that statement.

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by: mindelec This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 8 02:33:01 2017

"It will never pass our new authentication service."

right... the person with a stolen jersey is going to pay to have it authenticated, lmao.

the truth is that even if it did show up on ebay, nobody would believe it was authentic.

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