|Sat May 19 2012 15:27:25|
eBay Senior Seller Sounds off on Age Discrimination
Dear Ina, |
Here's a topic I've not seen addressed on EcommerceBytes: how eBay age discriminates.
Just as we don't see much gray hair in those high school yearbook style photos so favored by eBay management and the enormous disrespect their commercials typically direct towards women, eBay shows its ugly face in a new way by discriminating against those of a certain age in addition to the thousands upon thousands of senior owned home based small businesses eBay has massacred since 2008.
I've been successfully selling (though not as successfully in the John Donnybrook reign) on eBay for more than 10 years. I spend several thousand dollars a year on eBay mostly for business related supplies and equipment but also for a wide range of personal items that don't yet include such things as adult diapers, denture adhesives, memory enhancers, etc.
I received a survey a few hours ago from eBay asking me take a survey on "various topics." One of the highlights of my pathetically dull senior citizen life is telling eBay how rotten to the core they are, so taking their skewed surveys always brightens my day.
Imagine my surprise when as soon as I entered my age (over 60) the survey terminated. The survey does not terminate when most younger ages are entered. Apparently eBay has even less interest in their sellers/buyers and our opinions than I thought was possible. It appears eBay cares only what those in certain age groups think, and those who aren't in those age groups, can take a one way hike.
The eBay junior achievement brigade who makes these decisions should know that I have more a lot more discretionary spending power than most people half my age, and I still buy plenty.
It just won't be on eBay anymore for things I can buy from companies that demonstrate respect for people of all ages, races, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
Not Your Father's Senior Citizen
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