EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 277 - December 19, 2010 - ISSN 1528-6703     7 of 7

AuctionBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor

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In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. From feedback to payment services, from fees to online marketplace policies, AuctionBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your views. Send your letter to the editor by emailing with "Letters to the Editor" in the subject line. (Remember to include your name as you would like it to appear.)

Visit the Letters to the Editor blog, here are links to letters published from December 6, 2010 to present:

eBay Refund Rules Pose Difficulties for Seller (December 17, 2010) - Link to letter

People Are Searching Google, Not Google Shopping (December 15, 2010) - Link to letter

eBay Seller Avoids Disaster by Launching His Own Website (December 14, 2010) - Link to letter

eBay Seller Worried about PayPal's IRS Tax Requirement (December 13, 2010) - Link to letter

Advice on Facebook Marketing for Online Seller (December 12, 2010) - Link to letter

eBay Halts TV Ads, Sales Drop (December 10, 2010) - Link to letter

eBay Allowing Mystery Gift-Card Listings (December 7, 2010) - Link to letter

New PayPal Checkout and Problem with Funding Source (December 6, 2010) - Link to letter


I sell on Ebay and make less than 20,000.00 gross a year but have probable several thousand transactions a year paid with paypal since my sells are for dollar items.

Will this affect me? I report my income now but do not want to deal with this new 1099-K. Thank you for your time.


Re: Omega Beats Costco in Grey Market Case (link)

Ina, There will be lawsuits all over the place after this ruling. Joyce


Are there cracks starting to show at feebay? I stopped selling there about 16 months ago and now only buy occasionally. Aside from the steady stream of incentive emails, now I get one extolling how EASY it is to sell on eBay? They must be joking, right?

It's almost like having an abusive spouse. First they drive you away after repeatedly kicking the crap out of you, then tell you how much better things will be if only you come back

I don't care if JD offers to send someone to my house to do listings for me, I will NEVER sell on eBay again.


Hi Ina,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to AuctionBytes readers.

Earlier this week, December 14, we had an incident in the news in Bay County Florida (Panama City area) where a man took the school board hostage for a period of time. This is close to our area and this incident hit the national news networks. As a sidelight to this story, one of the board clerks attempted to disarm the man with her purse and she was deemed as a hero in the incident as she bought more time for the authorities to arrive.

As a result, she listed the handbag on ebay with the total revenue from such pledged to one of the school board chairman's charity. You must know that this area of Florida was hammered economically this past year by the oil spill accident so charities were especially hurt.

When I saw this posting on Jim Griffith's facebook page (Griff) yesterday December 17th: "This is the purse used by school board member Ginger Littleton to try to disarm the shooter during the Bay County, Florida School Board meeting on December 14, 2010. (link)

eBay: Find School Board Shooting PURSE Bay County, Florida in the Collectibles , Advertising , Merchandise Memorabilia , Other category on eBay.

The listing number was 250744119410 and when I went to it last night I found it had been removed...the bidding had reached $1200.00 when I view it earlier and my reaction was "way to go ebay" it seems that the Grinch has once again come out of hiding. The money was targeted for one of the school board's chaities.

This was in violation of ebay policy with it's pet, Giving Works, but several questions arise due to this. Why can't ebay make allowances when the charity is obviously deserving and; why would their paid spokesperson advertise the listing on his facebook page?

Griffith is the self-proclaimed "guru of ebay education" yet he was obviously ignorant of the rule regarding authorized charitable listings. One poster on his page even posted this:

"I was under the impression that you had to go through eBay's giving works or such - It doesn't appear to follow the guidelines of non approved giving works organizations i.e. letter from the charity & proof of 501(3) (c) status etc"

To this point, Mr Griffith has not acknowledged his error...the only mention he posted was "the listing is in violation"...did he know this previously when he posted the listing?

Maybe Griff needs a refresher course in ebay's rules but the more important point here is that ebay, being a world leader in retail sales, needs to widen it's scope of agencies benefiting from charitable donations with maybe an emphasis on local charities.

BAH HUMBUG ebay...
Carl Gordon
ebay Education Specialist since 2004
past member Voices of the Community
member ebay since 1999


Re: Samantha Bee's Giveaway Surprise (link)

It is truly sickening to this this Ebay woman going on TV and giving away presents. After years of selling on Ebay all I get is a steady diet of abuse and greed.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to

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