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Sat June 21 2008 12:15:03

A Couple of Random Thoughts from eBay Live

By: Greg Holden

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Late yesterday, I stopped in at the vendor area, and a couple of things occurred to me...

1. I'm sure balancing on unicycles and juggling has something to do with security. If I had sat down and watched the show as the VeriSign people were urging me to do, I could probably explain the connection. As it is, I can only tell you that VeriSign was displaying its Identity Protection Security Token system in the vendor area. It protects you when you sign in to PayPal or eBay, so others can't steal your account. The system is free for individuals, and VeriSign was guiding people through the signup process and handing out little security tokens. You use VeriSign's security algorithm to generate a random number every time you sign in. After entering your username and password, you are prompted to enter your random number. You push a button on the token, and one is created for you. You type this in to the PayPal or eBay login page, and you're in. What if you lose your token? I asked. You answer the usual security questions--mother's maiden name, etc.--and you can still gain access. You can also deactivate the code yourself if it seems like too much trouble.

2. As a writer, I try to create text that describes the exact event or program I'm writing about. For instance, I'm writing about eBay Live. If you turned to this blog and saw a generic article about "auction conventions" and how cool they are, you would feel let down, wouldn't you? Or maybe I'm the only one who thinks like this. The folks at IMN Sales in a Click will create generic e-newsletters that contain articles on subjects you choose. The articles aren't about you, or your particular eBay Store, or even about the exact products you sell. You might sell Liz Claiborne fragrance products, for instance. IMN will populate a newsletter for you with articles about fragrances, and send them to a list of your customers. It all seems a little scary to me, the old-fashioned writer. But that didn't prevent me from leaving my business card and telling IMN to contact me if they need any more generic content providers. (A guy's got to make a living, after all.)

Off to the Town Meeting...




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by: eBay: Fraud Central

Sat Jun 21 12:20:34 2008

Hey Greg, are you at the Circus or the eBay Convention? Hard to tell by looking at that picture...

Carry on, dude!

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by: dave

Tue Jun 24 15:50:06 2008

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by: Juliana

Wed Jun 25 01:09:24 2008

"2.) As a writer....But that didn't prevent me from leaving my business card and telling IMN to contact me if they need any more generic content providers. (A guy's got to make a living, after all.)"

As a two time author and professional freelance writer for over 20 years, I would never sell out my scruples for a paycheck, a la the lowlife National Enquirer-type reporters.

Greg, methinks all the Ebay doublespeak (AKA: voodoo) going on there is getting to you.  Time to break their spell - why not share a martini or two with a room full of disgruntled small- to mid-range sellers?  That ought to bring you back to morality....er, I mean, reality.

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by: You are getting VERRRY sleepy...

Wed Jun 25 01:48:42 2008

Unicycles? Hmm...I guess at Ebay Live, it's all about dazzling the audience.

Almost like the way Ebay tried to dazzle sellers with vague, nonsensical answers, peppered with "We're looking into that" and "We'll take that one back and discuss it".  

Does anyone really believe what Ebay says anymore?

Ebay, you put the "hype" in hypnotized, but the spell is broken.  We are no longer dazzled.  

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by: Al

Wed Jun 25 10:23:55 2008

I think ebay got to big to fast and it all went to there head GREED they can fall just as quick. eBay used to be simple and easy to use they keep comming up with new things more confusing and to help WHO not the average small seller like myself who sell small items who cares about all these reports and charts.  I am sure the small seller does not.



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