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Tue June 24 2008 22:40:10

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

By: Ina Steiner

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Long-time eBay members will remember the name Mary Lou Song. She was eBay's first full-time employee and inventor of the Pez story, also known as the "eBay creation myth." To recap from Adam Cohen's book, "The Perfect Store: Inside eBay":

In 1997, Mary Lou Song was frustrated that reporters weren't interested in writing about a small online auction site. So she began telling reporters that Pierre Omidyar had created eBay to help his fiancee trade Pez. It worked - reporters loved the story, so she kept telling it.

eBay users were miffed when Cohen's book came out and they discovered the deception. "And a small irony," Cohen wrote, "that a company built on a philosophy of openness and honesty toward its community was finally noticed with the help of a well-crafted lie."

Chalk up another irony: Song is behind a site called Tokoni, whose tagline is, "Life is full of stories. Tell yours." Interestingly, Song started the company with her husband Eskander (Alex) Kazim, the high-level executive who launched eBay's Kijiji classifieds site.

 




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by: Patricia

Tue Jun 24 23:54:10 2008

If it were just that one lie for an unknown little company to get some publicity I wouldn't mind but Ebay's entire track record for being honest and truthful to its users proves they are not above an outright fib here and there.  End result, not many of its users trust them.  The old saying is "the sins that you do by two and two you must pay for one by one."  ;-)

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by: angryjim

Wed Jun 25 00:14:18 2008

And eBay has since gone on to tell many bigger well-crafted lies - particularly in the last 6 months.

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by: Lupe

Wed Jun 25 02:14:56 2008

Kazim and Song should grow some ethics.

Here's a true story for you Song.

Kijiji is one of the worst when it comes to puppy mill breeders and dog fighters profiting off animal abuse and listing there.

Of course, a puppy mill breeder's lying is right up Song's alley.

Live animals don't belong getting flogged on a cheesy classifieds site.

People like Kazim make me sick. They have absolutely no ethics whatsoever. Just moneygrubbers.

Stick your Tokoni.

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

by: say it aint so

Wed Jun 25 05:49:00 2008

you mean to tell me there is no ebay santa claus ?

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

by: Kal

Wed Jun 25 07:39:24 2008

So the company started with a lie, and just kept running with them.

"We've implemented a hefty fee decrease"

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

by: Steve

Wed Jun 25 09:18:06 2008

Ebay is honest.
Paypal protects all buyers and sellers.
Fees have decreased.
The new feed back system is fair.
Paypal only in Oz does not limit choice.


lol....lies and more lies........

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

by: WexRex

Wed Jun 25 09:38:55 2008

eBay actually started so that Pierre could clandesinely sell objects that he had stolen from his previous employer, Oracle ... I was told this by his partner at that time ... now everyone knows that stolen proprty, fakes and Lies are what that company was built on ... and now Meg will probably be McCain's running mate ... perfect ...

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by: Ben

Wed Jun 25 10:25:04 2008

Hi,


You may have noticed that eBays search page layout has changed recently, and that the opt-out function to keep the old layout is being removed in four weeks time.

If you've not seen it yet you can check it out at http://playground.ebay.co.uk/. It's based around lots and lots of very annoying pop up java windows. It looks and feels like an interface that's in Alpha testing, let alone a finished product.

This topic has caused a massive stink in the eBay community over the past couple of days, and if you use eBay a lot and this really annoys you, and you would like to keep the old layout, or at least keep the option to opt out of the new layout then maybe you'd like to sign this petition.

http://www.petitiononline.com/eBaySch/petition.html Hope you don't mind me posting this here, but we need to get as many signitures as possible.

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

by: Frustraited

Wed Jun 25 14:55:18 2008

Petitions are worthless. You think eBay is going to bow to your petition? Give me a break. eBay knows better than all of us combined. We are the Borg, you will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

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by: former ebay seller

Wed Jun 25 20:12:36 2008

1.Your check is in the mail.
2.I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.
3.Ebay tells no lies.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Wed Jun 25 20:22:08 2008

And we expect truth from a corporation replete with pathological liars?

Ebay has been spinning things for so long that management wouldn't know truth if it hit them over the head.

And a John Edwards led Justice Department just may do that!

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Wed Jun 25 20:26:53 2008

Meg Whitman presided over the biggest fencing venue in the world.

Meg Whitman presided over the world's largest purveyor of pornography.

Meg Whitman presided over a venue that sells dogs and cats for human consumption.

Meg Whitman presided over the world's largest shill bidding operation.

Meg Whitman presided over the world's largest venue for the sale of knockoff and bootleg merchandise.

OMG, can't you just see the TV ads?

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

by: World of Annwn

Thu Jun 26 00:00:18 2008

10 years ago you could have bought eBay for a Song ... and that song would probably be the Chili Pepper's "Give it away now"

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

by: nancy

Thu Jun 26 12:24:35 2008

ebay sucks now. as a seller i have more deadbeats because i cannot leave a neg. feedback. someone tell us a good site as a seller and leave ebay in the dust!!!

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

by: Reader#9

Thu Jun 26 12:26:48 2008

Just another big lie from ebay.
Fake to the core. To the pulse.
Built upon a foundation of lies.

What is NOT a lie from ebay?

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

by: liar liar pants on fire

Thu Jun 26 12:30:51 2008

1. all people are basically good ( A LIE)
2. We trust all our sellers and buyers (BIG LIE)
3. WE are leaving ebay for good. (not a lie)

Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales   Creator of eBay's Pez Fable Starts Site for Telling Tales

by: Yes I Am

Thu Jun 26 22:14:48 2008

Companies tell lies and do anything for profit?

Say it ain't so.

Remember everyone, a vote for John McCain is a vote for his supporter Meg Whitman and everything you hate about eBay.

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by: fruity

Mon Feb 9 17:24:58 2009

That's why they butchered our message boards!

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by: john

Thu Nov 19 13:17:49 2009

Yes and i use one of them called Kijiji and i was insulted on there help forum by their own Moderator's by spelling and more, the support help they have are very rude and dont help, when you try to contact them you cant! When you do contact kijiji or Ebay they claim there is no phone support and Ebay claims they cant help anyone regarding kijiji.

Just another way for Alex Kazim to make large money  but not deal with the problem's, His Websites and creations are a joke and may i says Ebay,Kijiji anything owned by Ebay does not care about their customers.



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