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Thu June 15 2017 15:40:15

eBay Seller Unable to List Western Union Memorabilia

By: Reader

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Dear Ina, 
I recently bought a large inventory of a Senate campaign's paperwork and BIG stack of 1948 Western Union Telegrams, all addressed to a famous U.S. Senator, as congratulations on his election to the U.S. Senate. The stack has congratulatory telegrams from many famous people, politicians & notables from around the country, even some from overseas. 

I had planned on offering specific Western Union Telegrams from famous people, to this Senator, along with a selection of campaign literature, as a package deal. To begin, I had planned on putting up about 50 individual offerings on a fixed listing, each with a famous name on a Western Union Telegram, associated with the listings. 

eBay said I was trying to get people to use Western Union as the method of payment, and therefore the listing was denied. Called eBay, spent 45 minutes trying to work this thru, finally gave up and will post ALL 50 or more listings on another site. 

Let's see; $20 per listing, 50 listings, that's $1,000 in listings that eBay will never see. 

eBay could care less.
(reader asked us not to print their name)

Here's the message eBay displayed:

"It appears you are offering Western Union as a payment method which is not permitted in the eBay marketplace. Buyers have a wide variety of choices when deciding how to pay sellers. Most payment methods offer a high degree of safety and convenience, however, a few simply are not appropriate for the eBay marketplace. Based on safety concerns and input from the Community, eBay established an Acceptable Payment Policy that clarifies eBay's position on payment methods. Please revise your listing by removing the non-permitted payment method."




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by: angryllama This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 15 16:52:21 2017

Ummm... What would stop you from just calling them LEGITIMATE ANTIQUERIAL TELEGRAMS ?  Leave it to your BUYERS to infer that your TELEGRAMS were sent thru and delivered BY Western Union.  No reference to "Western Union" = NO reason for eBay's Mental Midgets to ever bother their "pretty little heads".

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This user has validated their user name. by: BuildingMyOwnSite

Thu Jun 15 17:11:23 2017

So a crappy algorithm says you are trying to use Western Union...

45 minutes on phone with CS, and they can't solve it by just checking a box or something, to override the code.

IDIOTS!!!!!

15 YEARS ago I listed an item with the statement:
''Had been many times hit, and bashed''
(Or something real close to that)

Ebay ended the listing, and sent me a warning for using foul language.  Took me HOURS to find it.  Can you? (Remove the spaces)

They still can't write code.



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by: Scotty This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 15 17:47:44 2017

How do you spend $20 on a listing?

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This user has validated their user name. by: BuildingMyOwnSite

Thu Jun 15 17:58:51 2017

I wondered about that too.....

Has to be incredibly valuable.  Not many possibilities.  Maybe a telegram to Joe McCarthy (WI) from ???????   Not sure who would want that one.

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 15 19:04:10 2017


your lucky you could not list these.

if you listed them be prepared to lose your items and your money

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Jun 15 19:51:33 2017

@angryllama

While great advice and it will certainly work, you have to be willing to give up what it potentially could mean without having Western Union in the title.  Buyers of this collectibles is most  likely using Western Union in their search.

*******************

Yes I too was wondering how you get up to a $20 listing fee.  Even with all the bells and whistle!  

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by: Michael in BC This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 15 23:53:02 2017

I believe the seller means that each listing would go up with a $20 price, not that the fee on each listing would be $20.  These are telegrams with printed names of senders, not autographed items.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Jun 16 00:01:30 2017

"western union telegram"

I see 305 of them listed on eBay!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Fri Jun 16 03:20:06 2017

@Michael

I think you nailed it, thank you.

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Fri Jun 16 12:21:55 2017

Their algorithms are beyond stupid.  One month, I had 500 extra listings, so I decided I was going to list everything twice.  First, normal, second, "free" shipping.  I heard there was protection against duplicates so I added X to the front of every "free" shipping entry.  Well after 100 rounds of this, I slipped and let a batch of 25 or so go without the X.  eBay caught ONE.  How you code an algorithm that catches only 1 in 25 listings that are identical save the shipping and an X in the title, I wonder.  But I'm sure they're too busy doing the needful to revert an e-mail

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Fri Jun 16 17:41:06 2017

And I got 306 results for Western Union telegram. And to the right side of the results was a Western Union sign for sale.

Then I did a search for just Western Union, and got 2294 results.  

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by: minnie This user has validated their user name.

Sun Jun 18 03:42:14 2017

BuildingMyOwnSite:

''Had been many timeS HIT, and bashed''

Found it in less than a few seconds.

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by: rickyrocket This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 19 00:14:09 2017

I sell telegrams all the time on eBay and had the same problem since obviously Western Union had pretty much cornered the market on those thing for many, many years. So I just leave the words Western Union out of the title and description and the listings work fine; I've sold some for hundreds of dollars too. I'm CERTAINLY not defending eBay's ridiculous ways by any means...I'm just saying there's a way to use their site and still make money on these things. Collectors can plainly see they're Western Union telegrams when viewing my pictures.

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 19 01:58:52 2017

A few stupid things ebsy has banned or blocked or argued over---- The word "Ivory".  I get it that we would never want to see any animal KILLED for a body part.  But to ban the word IVORY from a description such as "Lovely cashmere ivory sweater"???

Native American items--such as baskets and flint items and pottery.  And jewelry.  They seem to think that EVERY item made by a Native American came  with a COA even from 500 years ago.  Hint--they did not.   And not being able to ID the maker is no flaw of the seller!  Yet you have a huge hassle trying to list and sell.  And dare to use the words "Native style fabric design"  for something like a--purse--or sweater design--is enough to get your item pulled.  

Is ebay still refusing to allow you to list Johnny Cash albums or items?  Because of the word CASH?

You used to not be able to list  something like "A Guide To The Amazon"  because Oh!  That awful competition!  

The things ebay finds to WASTE their time on is--staggering.  Instead of working to MAKE MONEY they fritter it away on stupid Sugar Honey Ice Tea!!!!  

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by: Bob S. This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 19 06:01:54 2017

Simple fix. Put ''Vintage Western Union Telegram'' in the title. DO NOT put it in the body of the ad. Problem solved.  

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by: Bidonmine This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 19 09:55:45 2017

This is why I use multiple selling outlets, including antique stores and flea markets.

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by: mindelec This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 19 12:13:40 2017

I think Bob s. Nailed it, it''s not the title causing the problem, it''s the description.

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 19 13:00:50 2017

I can be EITHER the title OR the description;  I have had issues with both.  I get that it might be more likely to "kick out"  in the description because it is "read"  where the Payment Methonds are and of COURSE  ebay cannot  seem to get over it's terrible programming long enough to figure out that the DESCRIPTION  is NOT the Payment Methods section!  Sheesh.  

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by: C.Page This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jun 21 06:51:06 2017

eBay...where the decision-makers think like badly programmed bots.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jun 21 07:15:41 2017

eBay using bots to define alleged malfeasance.  Stop.

eBay sanctioning those so accused lacking due process, proof, or even human review.  Stop.

eBay finds it easier to accuse and render default convictions upon a seller than to bother with fact.  Stop.

Just.

Stop.

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