|Sun July 20 2008 08:09:22|
eBay Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm...
By: David Steiner
Just a couple of things kicking around my inbox that don't really have a home, but might be worth a chuckle - or a lobotomy:
So can you purchase eBay stock with PayPal?
According to a thread on the eBay "Seller Central" board, it's not outside the realm of possibility.
Let me rephrase that - according to a screen shot posted in the thread, a Live Help rep didn't say you couldn't purchase eBay stock with PayPal, and seemed to go along with the idea that if eBay's stock performed poorly, you could file an "Item Not as Described" complaint and get your investment back. I wonder if buried somewhere inside this might be a bail-out plan for solving the mortgage crisis using PayPal and chargebacks...
What's the shortest User ID on eBay?
Well, since eBay states on their own pages that an ID be at least six characters long, you'd think it would be six? Sounds logical, but 'back in the day' (and some old timer can tell me when this was...) eBay did allow shorter IDs.
So what is the shortest ID? Well there have to be two eras: One before the 6-character rule, and one after.
The Post-6 winner has to be BUY. Which shows you what Diamond PowerSeller status can actually get you - exemptions from eBay's rules.
But what about the Pre-6 winner? This one with a single character User ID has been around for a while! Curious?
The winner is: A
Of course, there are other IDs with one character (search around, they are there) but the nod has to go to "A" since this person had the good sense to snag the ID six years before eBay was even created.
Now that's planning!