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Sun July 20 2008 08:09:22

eBay Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm...

By: David Steiner

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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!





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by: tj

Sun Jul 20 10:16:54 2008

Any idea on the longest ebay user name, I've seen some pretty odd ones like registry keys ???

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by: Ken

Sun Jul 20 11:40:29 2008

Back in mid-2005, I was trying to find a short user id, so kept trying different things using the feedback link. At that time, there were NO one charcter id's left [alpha-numeric only]. If I remember correclty, there were about half a dozen 2 charcter ids's with NO feedback page, but when you tried to register them, you couldn't. I contacted Live Chat about it, was told that 5 of them were in the system [but feedback page didn't exist for them], and the 6th one WAS available, but never could register using it. I than looked at three charcter ID's and only found TWO that were available. I got one of them.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous

Sun Jul 20 12:04:29 2008

Well, you didn't think they were going to call them but.com, did ya? Then everyone would have known about them. Buy was supposed to hidden, to pick up slack, for when all the sellers left, but we found about them.

I can almost guarantee the Diamond Powerseller idea, didn't come out until after ebay learned that we knew about the free listings and had to do something to cover their butts.

Now, Buy gets to break any rules, but they are still considered THE BEST on ebay. I think their DSR's are rigged, just look at their horrible feedback.

Sumptins up!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous

Sun Jul 20 12:05:33 2008

Oops, that should have been buy.com, not but.com.

Freudian slip!

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by: Nancy

Sun Jul 20 13:47:17 2008

"So can you purchase eBay stock with PayPal?"

Thanks for posting this one, David.
Although very funny, I think it also shows how pathetic the customer service at eBay truly is.  

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by: Jane

Sun Jul 20 18:12:22 2008

I have a friend with a 2 letter ID. Both of us started on ebay in 1998 when you used you email address. The day eBay initiated the user ID we both changed. My fried got his 2 letter ID of his first and last name initials. I tried for JS and it was already taken, so I took a longer one.

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by: Blondie

Sun Jul 20 21:39:01 2008

David,
Here is a Video on the 'ebay live' transcripts! LOL! Looks like I am up for using my paypal to buy ebay's stock!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSPeCdTf6es

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by: angryjim

Sun Jul 20 23:26:05 2008

If you buy shares of eBay using Paypal and file a SNAD will eBay ask you to send them on to a certain reputable liquidator in Dallas?

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by: Caliente

Mon Jul 21 01:12:14 2008

What goes on during a Paypal training class?

And these are the people that work for Paypal, no wonder!

http://tinyurl.com/5gk49k

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by: R

Mon Jul 21 09:32:20 2008

I think the longest userid can be 64 characters.  Most of these userid's are gibberrish characters, but one caught my eye:

**-_-_buy_from_-_*-**alwaysthebestprice**_-_online_store!_*-_*
-*

How
would you like to type that in everytime you neeed to do a search on completed items?

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by: brooklynbooksnmore

Mon Jul 21 09:33:44 2008

While 1% neg/neut isn't bad for a large seller (40,000 items per month) the majority of them are from when Buy did not have the item in stock and cancelled the order! Also seems that most buyers don't realize that they are transacting with Buy.com.

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by: Elizabeth

Mon Jul 21 10:12:42 2008

How can they be registered in 1989??? Since ebay didn't exist tile 1996?

Who is Bull*8888888 whom?

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by: CY

Mon Jul 21 19:36:30 2008

''I wonder if buried somewhere inside this might be a bail-out plan for solving the mortgage crisis using PayPal and chargebacks...''

LOL...That'd be an interesting fix, for sure.  I'm pretty sure that this Ebay Live Help person is going to get some remedial training if anyone follows his advice.

As for the person registered in 1989--could this be a half.com transfer person?  When Ebay bought half.com, the usernames were absorbed into the Ebay system.  Frankly, that's how they reeled me in...

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by: DEBORAH

Tue Jul 22 00:41:38 2008

MY FAVORITE SO FAR
lyons_stalks_auctions_and_her_books_suck

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by: Mechelle

Tue Jul 22 03:31:17 2008

"While 1% neg/neut isn't bad for a large seller (40,000 items per month) the majority of them are from when Buy did not have the item in stock and cancelled the order! Also seems that most buyers don't realize that they are transacting with Buy.com."

First let us remember that buy is nothing but a drop shipper. Second if buy can't manage to not screw things up when all it has to do is hit start on their software than they are not cut out for eBay. Third the majority of the negs and neuts are direct violations of eBay policy not people upset about the condition, because frankly they never get to see the item to discuss the condition.  

I don't care how how high of volume someone does there is absolutely no excuse for that count of negs and neuts- excluding buy and speaking in terms of real ebay sellers - any seller with similar performance has taken on to much and needs to ramp up staff or cut back on volume. Regardless of feedback percentage seeing all of those negs/neuts looks gross.

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by: madtony71

Tue Jul 22 07:01:26 2008

You would be suprised what volume sellers can get away with on Ebay. I personally know some volume sellers that muscled their feedbacks 'reset' to 0 negatives... Ebay more than has the capability to do this, they don't want to remove negatives for the masses cause then they would get flooded with requests for it... but they will listen to the sellers who are making them a large chunk of change every month... imagnine that..

Anyway, think the shortest user ID I had on there was "Tony" but then later had to change it to "MadTony" and I also had Madtony.com but now some other fool has the ebay name and web site.. they aren't the same people as I. I ran both as a way to sell my spare Classic Computer oriented stuff as I was a collector, but then let the hobby go..

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by: Gypsy

Tue Jul 22 16:48:11 2008

Someone I know had a problem with a Buyer threatening to leave Negative Feedback & was advised by eBay Help to report the Buyer to eBay's Safety & Trust. eBay Help agreed with my friend that the Buyer was threat was Feedback Extortion. Well, eBay's Safety & Trust didn't agree with my friend or eBay Help & said that they didn't agree. And did nothing.  So much for eBay's Trust & Safety putting an end to Feedback Extortion Threats.

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by: Keith

Wed Jul 23 21:09:02 2008

@ Anonymous

Sun Jul 20 12:05:33 2008
Oops, that should have been buy.com, not but.com

No you had it right the first time, just a small spelling error... It should have been "BUTT" not "BUT"

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by: PlatinumPosters

Wed Jul 23 22:16:18 2008

"Now, Buy gets to break any rules, but they are still considered THE BEST on ebay. I think their DSR's are rigged, just look at their horrible feedback."

That was my first thought when I saw their DSR score.  How can they have that many negatives and maintain 4.8+ across the board?  I have friends who get 1 or 2 negs out of a 100s and it totally screws their DSRs.

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by: drgraff

Fri Jul 25 17:32:57 2008

How in the world does ebay THINK ANYONE is going to believe the ''we're improving the buyers' experience'' B.S., when ebay LIES to those buyers about the TRUE reputations of the sellers???

Those posting ALL OF those NEGATIVES for buy.com CERTAINLY DID NOT rate them above ''GREAT'' on DSR's.

HOW STUPID DOES EBAY THINK THEIR USERS ARE???



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