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Sat Feb 28 2009 11:32:25

Buy.com Dominates eBay's Daily Deals

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay sends Daily Deal emails every day showcasing two items that offer free shipping and deep discounts. (I signed up to receive the emails. eBay also prominently links to the Daily Deals on its home page.) Every time I've clicked through to the Daily Deals on eBay recently, I find that at least one is a product from Buy.com.

When I clicked on eBay's Daily Deals today, I see a whole showcase for Buy.com, featuring 4 products. Strangely enough, the products save me 0%.

Buy.com is the poster child for eBay's abandoning the "level playing field." The arrangement Buy has with eBay for Daily Deals is also unlikely to endear them to sellers.




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This user has validated their user name. by: Bob

Sat Feb 28 12:08:10 2009

Ina,
stop whining.  At least you got an offer for MSRP.  Lots of the "deal" offers on the homepage for me show stuff with a % off, but the price is still above MSRP.

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by: Ajay Agrawal

Sat Feb 28 12:42:38 2009

Ina, the prices shown are correct and are discounted. The "0%" is a bug which should be fixed soon

-Ajay

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

Sat Feb 28 13:51:05 2009

Ebay has NEVER had a "level playing field." It's ALWAYS been lopsided to one degree or another.

The expression is a holdover from the Bad Old Whitman days when Neg Meg in 2010 managed to keep the illusion alive by persuading most sellers not to look behind the curtain.

Not even a blade of astroturf or a single yellow brick remains in this fantasy today.

If indeed ANY level playing field ever existed, ebay rolled it up and sold the turf along with their souls by the square foot to the noisiest and whiniest Diamond Powersellers.

I refuse to buy from Buy on ebay even if the price is lower.

I refuse to buy from any Diamond Powerseller that I can identify.

I refuse to buy from sellers whose feedback and DSRs are being illegally manipulated by ebay.

Many if not not most ebay buyers are appalled when they find out about what ebay has done to sellers and the super secret special deals they've made with a handful of pet sellers.

Post information about these unfair, anti competitive trade practices ebay engages in on as many blogs and boards as possible where buyers might read about it.

Buy.com should know they're playing chicken with a poisonous snake.

Death to ebay corp. in 2009.

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by: Ajay Agrawal

Sat Feb 28 15:11:58 2009

The "0%" bug is now resolved. The correct percentage is now being shown (price remains unaffected as it was the discount price)

-Ajay

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by: Tired

Sat Feb 28 16:27:49 2009

Hey Bob Could you maybe get your head out of your butt and be a bit clearer in your statement.  Ina just tells it like it is.

@ Ming... "I refuse to buy from sellers whose feedback and DSRs are being illegally manipulated by ebay."

What about all the sellers that have their DSR's manipulated in a negative direction which is probably a larger percentage than anyone knows.

I don't buy on eBay just because I don't want to put money in their greedy pockets.

@ Ajay.

You must be so proud that you are so closely associated with the dirt bags.  Is a bug like a glitch?  

$0.88 to go and we are under ten bucks!  LOL (-:  Good job HO!

EBAY FRIDAY CLOSE                  10.87     -0.58      -5.1%        


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by: Tired

Sat Feb 28 16:33:18 2009

And BUY has the same deal as above on their own web site.  Wonder why they would do the same price?  Must not be paying to much in fees!

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by: Patricia

Sat Feb 28 18:17:09 2009

Sellers are seeing this "pampering" as being not a level playing field.  I used to think that too....now I think its desperation on Ebay's part.  They cannot begin to lose these diamond sellers because that would show just how much of a dismal failure Donahoe's bright new business model is.  Evenutally as the quarter reporting gets more and more dismal these diamond sellers are apt to pick up their marbles and leave!

I'm enjoying the play...popcorn anyone?

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by: ebay=penny stock

Sat Feb 28 18:20:16 2009

Desperate people do desperate things. Ebay and Buy.com are an unholy union. As sometime Buy.com is going to do do all over Ebay.

Ebay is doing a downward slide faster each day.

Ming you got it right. Death to Ebay in 2009

Anyone that is now selling on Ebay will be the bigger loser. Gotta be a sucker for punishment to keep selling there.

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by: ebay is doomed

Sat Feb 28 20:59:59 2009

buy will soon be BYE, as in ebay.

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by: Clay

Sat Feb 28 21:47:37 2009

Speaking of Diamond sellers. Our most infamous 2 sellers stats are as follows:....

SL...
Approx 3200 sales in 6 months,
27- Neutrals
44- Negatives
DSRs: 4.8, 4.8, 4.8, 4.7

SB...
Approx 2200 sales in 6 months
21- Neutrals
41- Negatives
DSR's: 4.8, 4.8, 4.7, 4.8

30 of these Negatives were garnished during the months of Jan 10th until now. We posted an article on Jan 10th about them when their Neg feedbacks were 12 each. 30 negs posted in 6 weeks and their DSR's stay this high ? Yeah right

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by: Clay

Sat Feb 28 21:59:01 2009

I neglected to add to these statistics a very important set of numbers. For....

SL out of the approx 3200 FB's only 2343 posted a DSR rating....or 1 Neg per every 53 transactions

SM out of the approx 2200 FB's only 1773 posted a DSR rating.....or 1 Neg for every 43 transactions

We had a total of 5 negs in 10 YEARS of selling, 1005 FB & a 50% REPEAT BUYER STATUS, DSR's 5.0 across the board, and eBay told us they didn't want us as sellers anymore.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bob

Sat Feb 28 22:18:46 2009

@Tired-
It's called sarcasm.  Not the most intelligent form of wit, but then this is a discussion on eBay.

I'm sure Ina "got it" and was not offended.

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by: Art

Sun Mar 1 09:48:36 2009

@Clay

Why must you say "SL..." and "SM..."?

Why don't you just say the name of the seller?

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by: o.c.d.collectibles

Sun Mar 1 10:09:22 2009

That's why I list on GoAntiques now. BUY won't be allowed to list there! In fact, sellers get screened first. So with their online feedback reputation they would never pass. Doesn't matter how much money they generate.
I'm starting to think that ebay is preparing to sell the entire core to Buy. It's no secret that BUY has their own seller site where they rent space to other sellers, with (co-incidentally) the same exact seller policies as ebay's!

With all these PUBLIC buyer ratings of BUY, who would be dumb enough to buy from them anyway? I'm surprised no one ever wrote an article about how bad their service is, based on an analysis of the reseller ratng site!
http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Buy

I mean, COME ON! If any one of us had ratings like this, ebay would NEVER have allowed us to remain on their site, and would have frozen our paypal assets indefinitely!LOL!!!

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by: o.c.d.collectibles

Sun Mar 1 10:19:22 2009

In fact, I'm going to quote just ONE of the feedbacks that BUY just received from a buyer. It's very interesting, and something I'm not surprised about.




"Very Dissatisfied

Reviewer: Longrun4fun

2/18/09 11:54 AM
Buy.com sells their customers credit card information to "Shoppers Discount" which will begin charging you a fee on your credit card each month in hopes that you do not notice. The monthly fee can be anywhere from $8 to $12. Do not buy from this website. Their prices are good but their ethics are terrible."



I've also noticed lately, when the few times I logged into ebay seller central's "new" forum boards, that I end up with tons of "phishing ebay emails" all over again, like I used to before I stopped listing and selling there.

So much for "privacy" on ebay.

.

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by: Clay

Sun Mar 1 12:03:30 2009

@ Art

Shoplet

Smartbargains

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

Sun Mar 1 16:10:40 2009

@ o.c.d. collectibles

"Buy.com sells their customers credit card information to "Shoppers Discount" which will begin charging you a fee on your credit card each month in hopes that you do not notice. The monthly fee can be anywhere from $8 to $12. Do not buy from this website. Their prices are good but their ethics are terrible."

Perhaps Buy's new ebay interface, Randy Smythe who reads these blogs, would like to address this shabby and illegal practice.

No one has the legal right to charge anything on anyone's credit card without the cardholder's authorization.

Randy?

NEG MEG (Whitman) in 2010.
Death to ebay. corp in 2009.

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by: ebay = penny stock

Sun Mar 1 21:43:04 2009

Randy Smythe hasn't got the gonads to address the illegal practice.

Ebay is lead by a bunch of morons fumbling in the dark. Maybe pretty boy Donnahole would like to answer it.

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by: Linda

Mon Mar 2 11:42:47 2009

It continues to sadden me to see ebay walk all over the sellers who made it what it once was in favor of those who are making it what it now is.

What was once the most loved site on the internet and supported or helped support hundreds of thousands of families here in America has become one of the most hated companies and has destroyed the lives and incomes of hundreds of thousands.  

Ebay is a perfect example of corporate greed at it's finest.

Just the idea that they send out daily deals involving their pet sellers while everyone else watches the fees go up by the day as sales wither and die makes me physically ill.

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by: Henrietta

Mon Mar 2 11:50:03 2009

@eBay=penny stock

Opening today eBay at 10.64 a mere 68% down from April 1st 2008 but don't worry it's just the challenging economy.

Randy Smythe has NOTHING to do with the eBay side of Buy.com's business. Nowt, nada, zero and zip.

He is a consultant on the 3P website seller program and as such should be a powerful tool for seller enablement.

Unlike eBay where none of the consultants playing at management actually have any retail experience Buy seems to recognize that helping sellers sell is a good thing for everyone concerned.

Full disclosure I have never bought anything from Buy nor do I have any connection to the business.

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