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Tue June 17 2008 12:54:47

eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'

By: Ina Steiner

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About 700 developers showed up to learn more about eBay's platform roadmap at the eBay Developers Conference this week in Chicago. The big announcement was yesterday when eBay revealed Project Echo, an open platform for developers to build applications on eBay using Selling Manager.

Anthony Sukow of Terapeak said his company has already built an app for eBay. His was the first company to build an eBay app for Facebook, he said.

Another developer, Alex of GuroOfSales.com, said the conference was going well, and reported last evening's activities were well done!

People are generally attending sessions and networking in the halls. Twitter adds a new dimension to such conferences, perfect for those with ADD who love to multi-task. If someone screws up, it's bound to show up on Twitter first!

I wandered up to the RoofTop Garden of the convention center and discovered great views of Chicago. A long-time resident pointed out some of the sites (see the photo gallery for pics of Soldier's Field where the Bears play, and the Park Formerly Known As Comiskey Park where the White Sox play).

Chicago is a much friendlier city than Boston from what I have experienced thusfar. The weather is spectacular, though it's cold inside! Hope to see you here soon, if not, keep checking back for all the news from eBay DevCon/eBay Live!




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eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'   eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'

by: GO BEARS!

Tue Jun 17 14:10:50 2008

I love Chicago – I always try to have at least one breakfast above Bloomindales, lunch at Big Bowl and dinner at Le Colonial. I also never miss The Contemporary Art Museum.

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by: Disgruntled Ebay Seller

Tue Jun 17 16:21:19 2008

Who's going to use this if they are chasing away all their sellers?

Ebay is causing sellers to leave in droves, with the new policy changes and tens of thousands are upset and will be protesting at Ebay Live 2008, this week.

The changes are idiotic. Sellers can no longer leave negative or neutral feedback, even if a buyer bids, wins your item, ingores your emails and doesn't pay. What right do they have to leave any feedback, if no transaction has taken place? We have sellers, bidding on competitors items and ruining their feedback, just to get a boost, on their own items.

Ebay went in and retroactively turned all neutrals, to negatives. Neutral, means just that, how can ebay call neitral, negative? They swtarted giving new discounts to people with good ratings, but they knock them down first, with the neutral change, so that many can't even meet the requirements, for the discount.

That is not the worst of it. We have thousands and thousands of sellers, who have closed their stores and we KNOW that the listing count should be going down. But, we have uncovered the source of the raised listing counts and I can't see it being anything, but fraud.

The seller BUY or Buy.com was taken on by ebay, right at the time ebay KNEW they were going to lose sellers. They are using buy.com, to pad the listings, to make it look like the count is up, when it really isn't. We have found thousands upon thousands of fake listings, that have no description and you can't even buy them. I found them ending tens of thousands of listings early, saying they are no longer available for sale and then immediately relisting them. Most likely to keep the sell through rate up and then relisting them again, to up the listing count 2 fold. They don't even pay any fees, being owned by ebay, so all the listings that they are padding, aren't even bringing in revenue???? Something isn't right here!

Isn't this making the stockholders think that listings are up, when they really aren't? We have all the proof documented. I even have it documented of when I was talking to Ebay Live Help and asking them about all the ads, being ended early and it immediately stopped, when they found out that we knew about it.

Please help us in exposing them, for what they are trying to pull. The boycotters should have a fair chance, to show what is really going on, behind the scenes.

Thank You
Tracy Fair and thousands of other ebay sellers.

P.S. You can find the revolt going on at: http://forums.ebay.com/db2/forum.jspa?forumID=113

eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'   eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'

by: tj

Tue Jun 17 21:53:59 2008

Here’s’ an idea how about developing a program that allows Sellers’ to give truthful feedback about Buyers who don’t pay, cancel echecks , give false FB , extortion, make fraudulent PP chargebacks & basically all the rest of the scamming moves buyers pull…Oh but they had that already ?????

eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'   eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'

by: bite me

Tue Jun 17 23:22:38 2008

Ha,

I'm a Masshole, it's true that we're all quite mean. Anyways, all this talk of padding listings is rubbish. All the stock analysts who cover ebay already know the games they play. Even if ebay is dumb enough to try to pad listings, it isn't going to fool anyone. All the smart money left ebay a long time ago. Amazon is where all the smart money is.

eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'   eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'

by: froliky

Wed Jun 18 02:59:29 2008

Its getting harder to find the rose among the thorns here at eBay. We are hypnotized with one hand and fleeced with the other.
Shes a beautiful horse but it dumps us in the drink when the show starts.
Its race car that suddenly goes backwards and the door wont close.
eBay is a cute new puppy that poos before you can get the leash on.
Member protections, safety and security should be the reins that keep the cart to the horse.
Its a beautiful museum that has been looted and the door is always left open.
Will it be a great warehouse that holds only promise?
Fix it.  The tool has been offered, use it.

eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'   eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'

by: bizbabe

Wed Jun 18 12:35:26 2008

People in Boston are only unfriendly if:
1) you're driving - everyone on the roads in Boston believes they have the right of way (that goes for pedestrians, too)
2) you're a Yankees fan
3) you diss any Boston sports teams - they're the only ones allowed to do that

Otherwise, most Bostonians are quite nice.  

eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'   eBay DevCon in the Home of 'Da Bears'

by: Tom Printy

Wed Jun 18 15:46:49 2008

So now that I know what eBay can do, I would like to know what sellers really want? What peoblems can I help you solve?



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