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  1. #1

    Default Oh No, Not Another “Reduction” in eBay Fees


    Another eBay Fees Reduction.doc
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums...d.php?p=168452
    http://bit.ly/YvxFEg
    26 March 2013; revised 19 July 2013

    Oh No, Not Another “Reduction” in eBay Fees …

    Another chapter in the continuing story of eBay’s journey down the toilet …

    “eBay Overhauls Marketplace Fees To Win Over Angry Amazon Sellers”
    http://www.trefis.com/stock/ebay/art...ers/2013-03-21

    The Tefis Team’s “Quick Take” is a load of nonsense, probably lifted directly from a media release from the eBay Dept of Spin! As is usual with missives from the eBay Dept of Spin, the devil is in the detail that most of the simple regurgitators of corporate media releases never examine …

    In fact, this latest “reduction” in eBay fees represents a quite dramatic increase in fees for anyone selling an item greater than $50 in value (generally, a flat 10% instead of a tiered scale). Only in the “eBayland” of John Donahoe can increases in fees be habitually described as “decreases” …

    Still, always assuming that there aren’t special arrangements in place for eBay’s preferred sellers, this will make it much more expensive for the many sellers, such as eDropOff, that appear to be bidding on and ultimately buying much of their own high-end stuff …

    Regardless, the cost to eBay of an auction listing is the same regardless of the value of the item being offered, and the potential loss of listings and FVFs thereon (and potential “PreyPal” fees) on such higher-valued items will undoubtedly more than outweigh any increase in revenue that eBay thinks that they are going to get from this general increase—sorry, “decrease”—in final valuation fees …

    In Australia, where the range of fees are apparently different to those in the US, the new fees appear to be a considerable increase—oops, sorry, “decrease”—across the board. http://community.ebay.com.au/topic/S...5#msg505187043

    Needless to say, the stream of negative comments from eBay sellers on the ecommercebytes blog is informative …
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/C/blog...63699823.html/

    “eBay Spring Fees Are an Increase”
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y13/m03/i27/s01

    “eBay Raises Fees Sharply for Used Industrial Equipment, No Cap”
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/C/lett...363966493.html

    Regardless, this latest “reduction” in fees has nothing to do with competing with, or any pressure from, Amazon; this latest example of eBay’s disingenuousness is simply one more indication of the parlous state that Donahoe has brought the eBay marketplace to as he continues to guide it towards irrelevance. This is simply Donahoe’s latest desperate attempt to, in the short term, prop up eBay’s GMV and maintain eBay’s fragile façade for Wall Street—and underwrite his obscene “performance” bonus earnings …


    Does eBay’s chief headless turkey really think that all the desperate professional sellers, very many of whom, if not the great majority, are already bidding on their own nominal-start auctions and ultimately buying much of their own stuff, will be able to absorb these increased fees? Dream on John! Undoubtedly, this latest desperate fee grab by eBay will drive away many more sellers of other than “under $50 junk”—it will probably be cheaper to take anything worth more than $100 along to your local traditional auctioneer, where at least your item(s) will be seen by potential buyers …

    Clearly, this action on fees indicates that eBay is in trouble and the headless turkeys nominally in control of this “Concordia” are alternatively yanking the helm from hard aport to hard astarboard—all the time getting closer to that rocky coastline, and whether eBay ultimately finishes up on the rocks at the bottom of the cliff, or further out on the sandy bottom, not even the furious pumping by eBay’s clunky bilge pump PayPal will be able to keep this rusting old scow afloat much longer …

    A while back, eBay promised new lower fees for sellers. They delivered on their promise. My cost of doing business on eBay is has gone way down and it looks like I'm on track to have my lowest monthly eBay bill ever. They just didn't bother to mention that the lower bill will be entirely due to pathetic sales.—“Bloggo”
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/C/lett...370888237.html#

    “Another Test for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Sell on eBay”
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y13/m03/i27/s03

    “After talking to the consignment sellers who participated in the “Selling Assistant” program, it became clear the program as it was structured was unsustainable—eBay had to subsidize it, which could explain why it is now turning to a charitable institution to test the latest iteration.”

    Ironic is it not that after spending the past six years disparaging and alienating so many of eBay’s “flea market” merchants—the people who made eBay as great as it used to be—this fool Donahoe has turned full circle and is now desperately trying to attract back individuals to sell their odd items of household junk on eBay. There can be no other reason for such desperate activity than that the situation at eBafia is becoming dire—LOL …

    Still, at least we can still be confident that whenever an eBay/PayPal spokesperson’s lips are moving, they are being disingenuous!

    eBay has been atrophying as long as the Ho has been at the helm

    Donahoe joined eBay from Bain & Co. as president of eBay Marketplaces in March 2005, and became president and CEO in March 2008. Much to the chagrin of all the eBay shills manning the hot air pumps and smoke generators, the only measure of a publicly listed company’s performance is its share price. What then has been the record of eBay Inc. under the direction of its current chief headless turkey?

    Let’s take a look at the record of eBay’s stock price under the helmsmanship of John Joseph Donahoe. In August 2007 both eBay’s and Amazon’s stock prices were ~$40; currently (19 July 2013), Amazon’s is ~$304 and eBay’s is ~$53. Now, what does that tell us? Well, the eBay shills will tell us that Amazon is grossly over priced and eBay is grossly under priced, but who puts the “value” on these stocks? Is it not the same people—the “smart money” on Wall Street? After all, neither of these stocks are income producing stocks: neither of them have ever paid a cash dividend to shareholders (and only at eBay do the senior executives take away loads of cash in the form of gifted bonus shares on “performance” that simply is not reflected in the stock price); and if you calculate the lack of any cash dividend for shareholders into the equation, the performance of eBay’s stock during Donahoe’s reign cannot be described other than as utterly abysmal; and clearly, the smart money on “Wall Street”—quite rightly—judges that all is not kosher at eBay and that the eBay/PreyPal complex is a “dog”—arf, arf …

    But, you say, PayPal will ultimately save the day; indeed, “PreyPal” has been saving the day; if you look up eBay on the trefis.com website you will see that Trefis estimate that eBay is now getting more value from “PreyPal” than they are getting from their marketplace; in other words the eBay marketplace is continuing to atrophy. Regardless, anyone that understands how the MasterCard/Visa payments processing system actually works and how the clunky “PreyPal” actually works knows that, ultimately, “PreyPal” has no future outside of its mandated place on the atrophying eBay marketplace except, possibly, as the merchant account provider of last resort for those very small merchants that don’t have the confidence of their own banker. The reality is the new professional online digital wallets that are becoming available from MasterCard (“MasterPass”) and Visa (“V.me”) will soon enough stop the clunky, unprofessional “PreyPal” operation in its tracks. As for the possibility of “PreyPal” ever having any real success at physical point of sale—LOL …

    Ah, but, then you say, Donahoe’s ultimate plan for eBay “is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world, moving our relationship from the warehouse to the boardroom, and cementing our reputation as a company that is truly redefining commerce.”

    Donahoe is apparently intellectually incapable of comprehending that any other major commercial entity could possibly be as “smart”, or as disingenuous or unscrupulous, as he. Ultimately, it’s all about money, and any major commercial entity that is initially naive enough to accept the invitation to board the floundering, foundering eBay marketplace will, when it suits them (eg, Neiman Marcus), abandon eBay even faster than the Ho has, so foolishly, dumped on all those sellers that had made eBay the great international marketplace that it used to be and, in doing so, deliberately “let go of eBay’s very successful past”, a successful past where eBay had a whole bunch of sellers effectively locked in and incapable of going—nor wanting to go—elsewhere. The reality is, for the eBay marketplace, it’s been effectively down hill ever since the “Pain from Bain” was promoted to captain in March 2008—much to the ongoing cost of eBay’s long-suffering “long” shareholders …


    The above Trefis chart (click thereon for latest chart) estimates that of the eBay stock price, the eBay Marketplace now represents only ~40%; in other words, the eBay marketplace portion of the stock price is continuing to atrophy and it must be in danger of soon disappearing completely. That then leaves what Trefis—delusionally—believes to be the jewel in eBay’s rusting crown, the clunky middleman, “PreyPal”—LOL …

    Unfortunately for eBafia, now that the professional digital wallets from MasterCard and Visa are becoming available, “PreyPal” will be fast approaching its “use by date” for any merchant that has, or can obtain, a credit card merchant account with a real bank—where, unlike at “PreyPal”, their funds are protected by prudential regulation and FDIC insurance, and they receive effective, professional, customer support. As for any merchant that accepts payments via “PreyPal” at a physical point of sale, they must be utterly naive …

    For an outsider’s view on PayPal’s future I refer you to my detailed comments on the ugly reality for consumers, particularly smaller payees, dealing with the clunky “PreyPal” at ... http://bit.ly/UVXx53

    Hello "MasterPass"; goodbye clunky “PreyPal”—it has not been nice knowing you ...

    And if that’s not enough to put you off an investment in eBay stock, there is always the ugly reality for consumers dealing with the rest of the clunky, manipulative, unscrupulous eBay complex—indeed, eBay is demonstrably the greatest calculated facilitator of auction fraud on consumers that the world is ever likely to know ...

    “eBay-Facilitated Shill Bidding Fraud on eBay Auctions: Case Study #5”

    All you need to know about eBay’s demonstrable criminal activities ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

    And if that’s still not enough—a collection of (mostly imbecilic) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking
    Last edited by PhilipCohen; 08-02-2013 at 10:22 AM.

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe, Legg Mason "Thought Leader Forum" (26 Sept 2007)—The whole interview transcript at http://bit.ly/16McqO1. Ten prizes of a "Mentoring Day With John" for anyone that can read the whole of it—without their head exploding ...

    "Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world ..."—eBay Employment Ad (2013)—Dream on Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho ...

    Some other fun (mostly inane) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anon.

    Note: All the statements made by me and contained herein are my opinion only; readers must form their own opinions from the facts presented.

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    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums...573#post168573
    http://bit.ly/15hBArk
    4 May 2013; revised 3 June 2013

    In Desperation, eBay Again Tests Consignment Service …

    The original story at http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y13/m05/i02/s01

    eBay continues to [desperately try to] tap into a new source of revenue by reaching out to people who don't wish to sell on eBay themselves. … eBay is now running another test of “Selling Assistant”, this time in Atlanta, Georgia.

    This article is an interesting read and is a clear indication of just how desperate the atrophying eBay is becoming for revenue. And all the comments by eBay’s Director of Consumer Business, Vikram Singh, demonstrate, once again, how we can still be assured that whenever an eBay spokesperson’s lips are moving, they are being disingenuous:

    When eBay launched the [now discontinued] Selling Assistant program in San Jose, the company wanted to see if there was a demand for that type of service - and they found there was actually "overwhelming demand," Singh said. [And that’s why the San Jose test has now been discontinued?—LOL]

    How desperate eBay must now be for revenue that they have come full circle: from the Ho’s ongoing denigration of eBay’s “flea market” image, back to trying to encourage householders to sell their odd items of whatever by auction on eBay, via an eBay-subsidized “Selling Assistant”; eBay is so utterly desperate, eBay will even come to your home to pick up your junk—LOL …

    But selling on eBay on consignment is a difficult business model. Karen Blankenship was one of two Trading Assistants participating in the [San Jose] Selling Assistant pilot program in January. "Almost half of the items I listed for the pilot did not sell, that was JUST PURE LOSS on our part," … "During the pilot, I worked 12 hour days, 7 days a week, and listed about 60-90 items a day." Each listing was unique with its own research, pictures, and descriptions, she explained.

    “Almost half of the items I listed for the pilot did not sell.” Hmmm, that suggests that a little more than half did (eventually) sell; that’s a great deal better than most merchants do on eBay these days; could it be that eBay was giving their Selling Assistants’ listings the exposure that all other sellers had paid for but never received? …

    Regardless, the difference between taking your household items to a traditional auctioneer or to an eBay “Selling Assistant” is that eBafia ultimately wants to take a commission on the deal—approaching that of a traditional auctioneer—but do none of the work—just like the mafia of old …

    Ho, Ho, Ho, it’s long past the time for you to go …
    Last edited by PhilipCohen; 06-03-2013 at 12:14 AM.

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe, Legg Mason "Thought Leader Forum" (26 Sept 2007)—The whole interview transcript at http://bit.ly/16McqO1. Ten prizes of a "Mentoring Day With John" for anyone that can read the whole of it—without their head exploding ...

    "Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world ..."—eBay Employment Ad (2013)—Dream on Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho ...

    Some other fun (mostly inane) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anon.

    Note: All the statements made by me and contained herein are my opinion only; readers must form their own opinions from the facts presented.

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    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums...574#post168574
    http://bit.ly/12DyCpJ
    4 May 2013

    2013 Catalyst Americas: eBay Keynote, Devin Wenig: delusions

    http://ebaystrategies.blogs.com/ebay...cot-wingo.html
    An excerpt from an interview of Devin Wenig by eBay gatekeeper Scot Wingo …

    Devin: I’m blown away by Amazon; the scale of their ambition is breathtaking. The world isn’t going to be EBay or Amazon it will have both. They’re great and we’re great; and we can both be great. [Dream on, Devin]

    Scot: How has eBay dramatically turned its business around? [This is a serious question?—LOL]

    Devin: We’re proud of where we are but we’re not satisfied. We have loads of issues. I think there are a lot of basics that needed fixing – there are phases: Phase I – it was making the experience better for existing buyers; Phase II – is about innovation/new customers. We’re 1 year into this phase. It’s about how do we become the most important marketplace in the world. It’s about connecting new buyers to the marketplace. We’re bringing in new demographics, ages, geographies. Going forward: more innovative, bigger bets, pushing the break through the seller/buyer experience. We’re at 116 Million users. We want to roughly double that this year, and we think we will. They are younger, emerging markets. They skew more female which is great for fashion categories. …

    Obviously, Wenig is delusional. The reality is, in the sixth year of Donahoe’s three-year turnaround of eBay, the eBay marketplace continues to atrophy—and “we have loads of issues”? Well, Wenig certainly has that right—and all self created! For the rest of it, including most of the nonsense (mobile, mobile, mobile, etc) in the above linked ebaystrategies blog transcript (it’s a great read if you are looking for a good laugh): the greatest load of disingenuous nonsense ever to spew from the eBay Dept of Spin, Spin, Spin, and More Nonsensical Spin … You’ll also notice that the eBay gatekeeper Scot Wingo no longer takes comments on his blog; I wonder why? [Wow, a comment of mine appears to have momentarily slipped past the moderator! Or, maybe it’s just links to detailed criticisms that they don’t appreciate?]

    “The band continued to play on, even as the bow dipped lower and lower.”—The Titanic/eBay Story

    Still, one thing we can always be sure of, whenever an eBay spokesperson’s lips are moving—they are being disingenuous, and in the cases of John Joseph Donahoe, Devin “Little” Wenig and PreyPal’s David Marcus, delusionally so …
    Last edited by PhilipCohen; 07-24-2013 at 11:14 PM.

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe, Legg Mason "Thought Leader Forum" (26 Sept 2007)—The whole interview transcript at http://bit.ly/16McqO1. Ten prizes of a "Mentoring Day With John" for anyone that can read the whole of it—without their head exploding ...

    "Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world ..."—eBay Employment Ad (2013)—Dream on Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho ...

    Some other fun (mostly inane) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anon.

    Note: All the statements made by me and contained herein are my opinion only; readers must form their own opinions from the facts presented.

  4. #4

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    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums...657#post168657
    http://bit.ly/1073947
    6 June 2013; revised 25 June 2013

    And now, ‘Cassini’ search, and eBay’s latest fraud on its users …

    Well, eBay’s chief headless turkey, John Donahoe, has finally disclosed what many sellers have known for a long time, that eBay is manipulating eBay marketplace search, to what eBay apparently believes is in their best interests and to the detriment of the many non-eBay-preferred merchants selling thereon, and now they are going to go even further and manipulate the results even of searches defined by buyers:

    eBay CEO John Donahoe Opens Up About Search
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/C/blog...70309167.html/

    “We're testing a new user to eBay that's never been to eBay should when they show up we only show them fixed price, brand new items from top-rated sellers. It's a more familiar commerce experience and then as they learn eBay they get the wider experience, …”
    And don’t you just love the atrocious phraseology—and …

    eBay Rolling Out Cassini to All This Summer
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/C/blog...70438902.html/

    “The version that eBay will roll out sitewide is nowhere near the perfect fix eBay's been looking for, I was told, but it is designed to allow the company to continue to launch and test iterations to see what works and what doesn't. (eBay's current mantra is, "test and learn," something not reassuring to the test subjects!)”
    Could you possibly believe that, in the sixth year of Donahoe’s “three-year turnaround” of eBay, eBay is still trying to figure out which “iterations” of search work (and which don’t) for maximizing eBay’s revenues—let’s not worry about all the sellers who actually make this marketplace what it is—or what it used to be …

    “Test and learn”—if only these cretins were capable of learning anything …

    EBay's Hugh Williams on Succeeding with Cassini Search
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/C/abbl...370553912.html

    In general, Williams advised sellers who want to be successful with eBay search that they 1) need to be found in search; 2) have someone click on their item and 3) sell that item. …
    Wow! How about that for advice on how to succeed in selling online; and, once again, the people who have otherwise demonstrated that they are utterly clueless are offering this advice …

    [And] Best Match Not Going Anywhere
    The question "Will there ever be a default to search other than Best Match?" brought a similarly brief reply from Williams: "No."
    Of course the answer is “no”; how else could eBay best continue to manipulate search to desperately try to funnel buyers to eBay’s “preferred” merchants …

    Still, at least we know nothing has changed—while their lips are moving the gross disingenuousness will continue to spew forth …

    Will Cassini's Arrival Save eBay Search?
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/C/blog...71778873.html/

    “To say eBay has been dissatisfied with its search engine would be a vast understatement - top executives have made no secret of the fact and have been eagerly awaiting a new search platform, dubbed Cassini, for some years.”—ecommercebytes
    eBay’s real problem is its preferred national brand and big box sellers are not getting sufficient sales to keep them happy (witness the exit of NM) and this situation indeed should be terrifying for the turkeys running around in circles in the eBay executive suite; regrettably, they don’t give two hoots about all those other sellers that originally made eBay the great marketplace—that it used to be.

    “To those experiencing decreased sales have you looked around the marketplace at what your competitors are doing? Do you review your prices in line with them to stay competitive? You can run listing analytics reports on your Seller Dashboard to see how often your items are showing in search and the sell-through rate is also shown versus the top performing items in your category, if they are not performing well it might be time to give listings fresh photographs or better descriptions.”—eBay UK Forums Moderator
    LOL—What a load of patronizing carp. This is the same scripted line of disingenuous nonsense that eBay’s Hugh Williams was putting out a little earlier. The real problem at eBay is that, clearly, the people now running this show have absolutely no idea of what is going on; they can’t even (or won’t) admit that everyone’s sales have tanked; regardless, in their feeble minds, it is everyone’s but eBay’s fault …

    Maybe the second quarter’s financial results—if we can find our way thought all the smoke and mirrors—will shed some more light on the matter …

    Regardless, Cassini, when it finally arrives, will be no more than another devious attempt to desperately funnel sales to eBay’s preferred sellers; but, it will most probably provide the final nail in the coffin …

    Surprise, Cassini Already Launched on eBay
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/C/blog...372184415.html

    Ah, Cassini, here at last, the final nail in the coffin of the moribund eBay Marketplace …

    “This month, the company has quietly rolled out to U.S. users its new search engine, known inside the company as Cassini,” according to the article published this morning.

    eBay spokesperson Ryan Moore confirmed that Cassini was "now fully serving U.S. customers," but could not provide the date eBay had rolled it out fully to eBay.com - "this month" was as specific as he could get when reached this afternoon.

    [eBay’s Hugh] Williams had told sellers during a recent webinar that Cassini was scheduled to roll out fully in North America by the end of this year, and internationally "by 2014." But there's been so much talk from eBay's executives about the need for a new search platform and so many delays in launching the new search platform that many users believe Cassini had already launched last year.
    Just one more reminder that whenever an eBay spokesperson’s lips are moving, they are invariably being disingenuous …

    In Search of Tech Cred, eBay Builds a New Engine for a New Identity
    http://www.wired.com/business/2013/0...search-engine/

    Another funny story direct from the eBay Dept of Spin, Spin and More Spin …

    Carges went into the eBay search box and typed “iPod.” The first thing that came up was a car. “I looked at that and thought, this isn’t good,” Carges says.
    This, of course, is BS, as usual; yet another demonstration that whenever their lips are moving, invariably they are lying. …

    This month, the company has quietly rolled out to U.S. users its new search engine, known inside the company as Cassini. … eBay hopes they [users] will notice a dramatic narrowing of the gap between wanting and finding. If its engineers were truly successful, eBay will even start showing them the things they want before they know they want them.
    LOL—Methinks these headless turkeys are utterly delusional …


    Summary

    One really does have to wonder how this fool Donahoe, and the eBay directors that apparently continue to support him, could possibly have ever thought it was a good business plan for eBay to “let go of a very successful past.”—LOL …

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe (26 Sept 2007)
    Well, it should be clear to everyone by now—as certainly it is so to the smart money on “Wall Street”—that this wanker-phone waving, cretinous sociopath certainly has succeeded in letting go of eBay’s “very successful past” …

    And, some more classic quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    It really is only a matter of time before this smoke and mirrors held together “house of cards” finally implodes …

    Still, “The band continued to play on, even as the bow dipped lower and lower.”—The Titanic/eBay Story

    eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking
    Last edited by PhilipCohen; 07-19-2013 at 02:33 AM.

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe, Legg Mason "Thought Leader Forum" (26 Sept 2007)—The whole interview transcript at http://bit.ly/16McqO1. Ten prizes of a "Mentoring Day With John" for anyone that can read the whole of it—without their head exploding ...

    "Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world ..."—eBay Employment Ad (2013)—Dream on Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho ...

    Some other fun (mostly inane) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anon.

    Note: All the statements made by me and contained herein are my opinion only; readers must form their own opinions from the facts presented.

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    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums...668#post168668
    http://bit.ly/174aqVA
    14 June 2013; updated 24 June 2013

    eDropOff calls it a day on eBay auctions?

    My mistake; I had been watching eDropOff's items via the AU site; apparently, she has now restricted the viewing of her items to the US site only; as a result, I saw the “worldwide” listings trail off, and the email alerts finally ceased.

    So, despite her listings stating that she ships “worldwide”, as of 13 June 2013, McFadden has restricted the viewing of eDropOff’s eBay listings to the US site only. Now, why would any merchant selling her sort of stuff want to shut out international buyers? Well, I suppose, already having so many bidders bidding on her stuff—many of whom are habitually regular bidders (LOL)—and with an apparent sell through rate of ~95% (including faux sales, of course), maybe she has decided that she simply does not need the extra sales. What other reason could there possibly be? ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

    Regardless, methinks it’s time for eBay’s struggling “non-preferred” sellers to face reality; eBay now has on board the most utterly incompetent and disingenuous crew ever to man any “ship” and the waves are now lapping at the gunnels of this rusting old scow as it wallows and rolls and steers alternately from port to starboard, and it surely cannot be long now before she finally slips beneath the waves; but, unlike captain Smith, eBay’s “Captain Queeg” undoubtedly will not do the honorable thing and go down with his ship—he has been well provisioning his personal lifeboat ready to sail off to the Bahamas when the time comes—my, how times have changed …

    Hurry up “Mobile” Johnny and get your ultra manipulative “Cassini” search engine fully implemented—and finally let the old scow go submarine—“Dive! Dive! Dive!” …

    “The band continued to play on, even as the bow dipped lower and lower.”—The Titanic/eBay Story …

    eDropOff Update (23 June 2013): It seems that after all McFadden cannot do without the international exposure: her listings are again showing on the international eBay sites. But the question remains, what was the restriction of her listings, to the US site only, all about in the first place?
    Last edited by PhilipCohen; 07-11-2013 at 07:13 PM.

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe, Legg Mason "Thought Leader Forum" (26 Sept 2007)—The whole interview transcript at http://bit.ly/16McqO1. Ten prizes of a "Mentoring Day With John" for anyone that can read the whole of it—without their head exploding ...

    "Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world ..."—eBay Employment Ad (2013)—Dream on Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho ...

    Some other fun (mostly inane) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anon.

    Note: All the statements made by me and contained herein are my opinion only; readers must form their own opinions from the facts presented.

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    21 June 2013

    Supreme Court Rules For American Express In Class Action Challenge

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3472166.html
    Scalia said the merchants should be held to their agreements with American Express, which contained a waiver of class action, preventing multiple parties from joining together to press a common claim. He said it didn't matter if "it is not worth the expense involved" to the merchants to proceed individually.

    Justice Elena Kagan filed a dissent that was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. The contracts between American Express and the merchants effectively deprive the merchants of any legal recourse, Kagan said.
    Yet another conservative, reactionary, pro-corporation, anti-consumer decision.

    eBay Inc, demonstrably the greatest calculated facilitator of auction wire fraud on consumers that the world is ever likely to know, now has the same "individual arbitration" condition. No doubt all unscrupulous corporations will now rush to add such a condition into their agreements.

    With this SCOTUS decision US consumers now effectively have no way to economically fight such large corporations, even when consumers are subjected to unfair or even unconscionable activity. In eBay’s case, no one in authority appears interested in doing anything about even eBay’s demonstrable criminal activities.

    Still, in this particular case, the simple answer for merchants is to dump Amex in total; let the Amex card-carrying snobs instead use their platinum Visas or MasterCards or—LOL—eBay's clunky "PreyPal" ...

    “The band continued to play on, even as the bow dipped lower and lower.”—The Titanic/eBay Story ...
    Last edited by PhilipCohen; 06-20-2013 at 04:31 PM.

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe, Legg Mason "Thought Leader Forum" (26 Sept 2007)—The whole interview transcript at http://bit.ly/16McqO1. Ten prizes of a "Mentoring Day With John" for anyone that can read the whole of it—without their head exploding ...

    "Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world ..."—eBay Employment Ad (2013)—Dream on Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho ...

    Some other fun (mostly inane) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anon.

    Note: All the statements made by me and contained herein are my opinion only; readers must form their own opinions from the facts presented.

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    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums...673#post168673
    http://bit.ly/189A237
    24 June 2013

    LOL—eBay Offers $10 for Each New Seller You Can Pimp into Abusive Relationship

    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/C/blog...372007973.html

    By invitation only, to a list of eBay’s “most loyal sellers”, eBay is offering $10 for each new seller they introduce.

    LOL, does eBay have any idea how pathetically desperate such a promotion makes them look—fishing for individual new sellers? … This is even more pathetic than their recent attempt to attract new occasional one-off sellers with their plan to re-invigorate a non eBay-subsidized version of their consignment store program. …

    Sadly, under the helmsmanship of the cretinous “Ho”, eBay has come to this …

    Regardless, does eBay really need more sellers? The existing sellers appear to have few or no views and consequently no sales! Is it not more buyers that eBay now needs?

    “eBay … has said that users who sell on the site are also more engaged buyers.”

    And they have just woken up to the fact that all these non-eBay-preferred sellers, that they have been abusing for the past five years, were also regular buyers. Yet, they appear to have been making ever effort to make these very sellers/buyers feel unwelcome for the same past five years.

    But seriously, what battered spouse of an abusive husband would recommend to a friend that they too should have an affair with their abusive husband and submit themselves to being regularly battered? The concept is simply absurd! This pathetic eBay promotion is classic Alice in Wonderland stuff; actually, it’s even more unreal than that: it’s not simply delusional, it’s pathological insanity; it has the smell of approaching death about it …

    When are the eBay shareholders going to finally wake up? Apparently, only when Donahoe finally takes the old scow submarine and they wake up to find that they have all “taken a bath”—LOL

    Undoubtedly, the imminent arrival of eBay’s new “Cassini” search engine will provide the final explosive charge for the cretinous Ho to finally scuttle the rusting old scow …

    Still, “The band continued to play on, even as the bow dipped lower and lower.”—The Titanic/eBay Story ...
    Last edited by PhilipCohen; 06-28-2013 at 05:42 AM.

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe, Legg Mason "Thought Leader Forum" (26 Sept 2007)—The whole interview transcript at http://bit.ly/16McqO1. Ten prizes of a "Mentoring Day With John" for anyone that can read the whole of it—without their head exploding ...

    "Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world ..."—eBay Employment Ad (2013)—Dream on Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho ...

    Some other fun (mostly inane) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anon.

    Note: All the statements made by me and contained herein are my opinion only; readers must form their own opinions from the facts presented.

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    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums...686#post168686
    http://bit.ly/14EZ2tI
    30 June 2013 …


    More on eBay’s new Cassini search …

    “Terapeak How-To: Crucial Factors in eBay Search for the New Cassini Platform”
    http://www.terapeak.com/blog/2013/06...m#.Uc8TD7V-9pg

    More nonsense, undoubtedly direct from the eBay Dept of Spin:

    Todd Alexander, Director of Onsite Search at eBay.com.au, recently gave a presentation at the PeSA 2013 Internet Conference to help make eBay search placement more transparent for sellers. … eBay's goal is to treat search as a way to connect every shopper to the listings and sellers that are most interesting to them, as quickly and as painlessly as possible.
    “More transparent”? He jokes, of course! And, by “most interesting to them” he means most interesting to eBay and where Donahoe wants to take the eBay marketplace …

    Relevance. Shoppers should quickly see the results that they intend to see and/or want to see, rather than having to dig through results that don't matter to them.
    What an amazing and insightful statement …

    eBay is not focused on showing you, any other particular seller, or even any particular product to shoppers in response to a search. Instead, eBay wants to show every shopper the listings that are most likely to result in a completed sale with a high-satisfaction outcome.
    In fact, the whole idea of Cassini is to direct searchers only to eBay’s preferred sellers …

    While reactions to eBay's initial Best Match launch and now to the forthcoming Cassini search platform have been mixed, …
    One of the understatements of the century, of course …

    eBay wants to create search results that simply make sense to buyers, that serve them well as customers, and that drive repeat business for eBay and eBay sellers over the long term. Buyers will see the items they're most likely to actually buy, from sellers that are most likely to keep them coming back to eBay the next time around. …
    What a load of tosh. In fact, search results have not made any sense since eBay introduced its devious Best Match algorithm to funnel searchers to its preferred merchants …

    "How do I get eBay's data to show that my products are in demand, that I can make this sale, and that I can generate customer loyalty, for the benefit of myself and eBay alike?"
    Whaaaaat? In reality, Cassini is all about eBay’s desperate attempts to direct searchers to Donahoe’s preferred merchants, to whom he has hitched eBay’s wagon—much to the ongoing destruction of the eBay marketplace ...

    This is all simply too funny, and it’s all disingenuous tosh. The idea that eBay, of all corporate entities, could ever have a better idea of what you want that you do, is about as absurdly arrogant and imbecilic as any gaggle of—out touch with reality—ex-Bain turkeys could possibly ever become.

    This article is simply an uncritical regurgitation of the continuing stream of nonsense that habitually spews forth from eBay, undoubtedly all provided in a bullet-point format directly from the eBay Dept of Spin, Spin and More Spin. Frankly, it is incomprehensible to me that even such eBay hacks can talk such nonsense with a straight face; then, who knows, maybe they are literally so imbecilic they actually believe it …

    About eBay Inc: A most unscrupulous, indeed criminal, commercial organisation: demonstrably the greatest calculated facilitator of auction wire fraud on consumers that the world is ever likely to know … http://bit.ly/11F2eas
    Last edited by PhilipCohen; 07-20-2013 at 02:03 PM.

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe, Legg Mason "Thought Leader Forum" (26 Sept 2007)—The whole interview transcript at http://bit.ly/16McqO1. Ten prizes of a "Mentoring Day With John" for anyone that can read the whole of it—without their head exploding ...

    "Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world ..."—eBay Employment Ad (2013)—Dream on Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho ...

    Some other fun (mostly inane) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anon.

    Note: All the statements made by me and contained herein are my opinion only; readers must form their own opinions from the facts presented.

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    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums...698#post168698
    http://bit.ly/11DZDiB
    12 July 2013

    The “Hallucinating Ho” dreams on …

    “eBay Aggressively Courts Large Retailers Across Europe”
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y13/m07/i09/s02

    “Can eBay Succeed in Partnering with Brands and Large Merchants?”
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/C/blog...373332632.html

    “Wall Street Firm Citi Likes eBay's Marketplace Momentum”
    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y13/m07/i10/s01

    “Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world, moving our relationship from the warehouse to the boardroom, and cementing our reputation as a company that is truly redefining commerce.”—http://community.ebay.co.uk/topic/Bu...295?start=1080

    Well there it is, again, in black and white letters this time; there is no place for you “flea marketers” on eBay; how many times are you “non-eBay-preferred” sellers going to have to be told? Personally, I can’t decide whether I should take this statement as a serious threat to world commerce or simply “laugh out loud”, but I think I lean towards LOL …

    Any leading “brand” that gets involved with eBay has either got some connection to Bain & Co or they have, foolishly, been drinking from the stream of Kool-Aid that continually flows from the eBay Dept of Spin …

    Donahoe is apparently incapable of comprehending that any other major commercial entity could possibly be as “smart”, or as unprincipled or sociopathically destructive, as he. Ultimately, it’s all about the money, and any major commercial entity that is initially naive enough to pay the price to board the floundering, foundering eBay will, as soon at it suits them, abandon eBay even faster than the Ho has, so foolishly, dumped on all those sellers that made eBay the great international marketplace that it used to be and, in so doing, deliberately “let go of eBay’s very successful past”, a successful past where eBay had a whole bunch of sellers effectively locked in and incapable of going—nor wanting to go—elsewhere. In March 2008, much to the ongoing cost of eBay’s shareholders, the “Pain from Bain” was promoted to captain; it’s been effectively down hill ever since …

    “… eBay is recruiting Strategic Account Managers who will ‘proactively provide direction to the merchant on Search & Listing Optimization, marketing, inventory management, shipping economics, fulfillment strategy, improving the buyer experience, risk management, fraud, Trust & Safety policies, negative account actions, and other strategic and operational needs to ensure eBay store is optimised for sales growth.’”

    LOL—That the current eBay executive team could think that they are qualified to give anyone, let alone “every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world”, advice on any of the above-mentioned matters is patently and demonstrably ludicrous. I’ve observed an example of an eBay “Strategic Account Manager” in action with the eBay-preferred seller eDropOff; I doubt that that strategic account manager, Chris Van Waggoner, has much idea of what he is doing; even his attempt at covering up endemic, ongoing, auction shill bidding fraud was typically eBay-clunky … http://bit.ly/11F2eas

    “… from the warehouse to the boardroom”—LOL. Who could possibly be naďve enough to let these headless turkeys into their boardroom? This particular gaggle of flightless birds is still testing its “flow through” theory [thank you, Wiley Miller] on the eBay marketplace, and they have many more, below the waterline, holes yet to drill in eBay’s rusting hull. Probably, the only thing that this gang of “made men” could teach anyone else is how to bury their profits overseas in low-taxing countries, much to the cost of US taxpayers paying the domestic rate of tax; then, I should think that all other US “international” corporations already know how to do that, responsible corporate citizens that they all undoubtedly are; nevertheless, as long as you understand it is all, and only, about the money …

    Regardless, peruse the performance of eBay’s stock price since August 2007—when both eBay’s and Amazon’s were ~$40—and judge for yourself the competence of eBay’s “Captain Queeg-Schettino” and his hand picked crew of “Keystone Kops”—LOL … http://bit.ly/YvxFEg

    And, if you are still interested in a job at eBay and think that you may have the qualifications for a position as “Senior Account Manager eBay”, the full details can be found at …
    http://jobs.ebaycareers.com/ie/dubli...ager-ebay-jobs
    Of course, you will have to move to Dublin, Ireland (you can help keep tabs on the stash of cash), or Berlin (with fluent German) …

    And, just for fun, a cornucopia of classic quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    Ho, Ho, Ho, it really is long past time for you to go ...
    Last edited by PhilipCohen; 07-16-2013 at 07:10 AM.

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe, Legg Mason "Thought Leader Forum" (26 Sept 2007)—The whole interview transcript at http://bit.ly/16McqO1. Ten prizes of a "Mentoring Day With John" for anyone that can read the whole of it—without their head exploding ...

    "Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world ..."—eBay Employment Ad (2013)—Dream on Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho ...

    Some other fun (mostly inane) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anon.

    Note: All the statements made by me and contained herein are my opinion only; readers must form their own opinions from the facts presented.

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    http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums...713#post168713
    http://bit.ly/12wRFTo
    16 July 2013

    Donahoe “thinks”—on one out of every ninety days!

    “To Beat the Chaos, Take a Thinking Day”
    http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/a...a-thinking-day

    So typical of this narcissistic sociopath! Not sure which is the more sickening, his pathetic, self-serving, pompous article or the great many sycophantic comments attached thereto, obviously, none of them from eBay users …

    The only measure of the value of Donahoe’s “thinking” is the comparison between the share prices of eBay and Amazon: in 2007, when the Ho was making his rambling Legg Mason speech about how he was going to “let go of eBay’s successful past”, both were ~$40; well, “let go of eBay’s successful past”, he has clearly succeeded in doing …

    Donahoe has failed on virtually every other count and, indeed, the smart money on Wall Street recognises this fact in the price it puts on eBay’s stock—much to the chagrin of all the eBay shills manning the hot air pumps; I only wonder how much longer it will be before the sleeping eBay board of directors and, in particular, eBay’s long suffering “long” shareholders, finally have their epiphany …

    And, just for fun, a cornucopia of other (mostly inane) statements, most of which should have remained only “thinks”, from Donahoe and others in the eBay executive suite … http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    Ho, Ho, Ho, it's long past time for you to go ... but you could never expect the Ho to understand that, not even on one of his irregular “thinking” days …

    Regardless, “The band continued to play on, even as the bow dipped lower and lower.”—The Titanic/eBay Story ...

    Sycophant: someone praising powerful people for personal advantage; an insulting word for someone who praises rich or powerful people in order to gain an advantage … Frankly, I never could have believed that there could be so many desperate people on Linkedin so interested in trying to make a connection with a dying corporation …
    Last edited by PhilipCohen; 07-17-2013 at 02:39 PM.

    “Today we’re dealing with phase two or phase three [he can’t remember which one] of disruptive innovation. We’ve had the disruption, now we’re having to disrupt the disruption. ... Based on our experience, here’s how innovation at the core worked. We had to create a mind shift at our company—we had to think bold and not just incremental. We had to create a vision of the future so people could let go of a very successful past.”—John Donahoe, Legg Mason "Thought Leader Forum" (26 Sept 2007)—The whole interview transcript at http://bit.ly/16McqO1. Ten prizes of a "Mentoring Day With John" for anyone that can read the whole of it—without their head exploding ...

    "Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice for every leading retailer, brand and manufacturer across the world ..."—eBay Employment Ad (2013)—Dream on Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho ...

    Some other fun (mostly inane) quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”—Anon.

    Note: All the statements made by me and contained herein are my opinion only; readers must form their own opinions from the facts presented.

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