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Sun Sept 4 2022 14:25:44

Someone Defaced eBay Announcement with 'eBay Is Evil' Tag

By: Ina Steiner

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Someone defaced an eBay announcement post with tags including "eBay is evil" on the eBay Australia announcement board. (This blog post was updated with new information shortly after it was published.)

The eBay Australia News Team (au_news_team) posted an announcement on September 1st to inform sellers of a technical issue that resulted in sellers not knowing which orders needed to be sent as express to the buyer.

At the bottom of the announcement, a small tag icon appears directly before the following five tags:

- ebay is evil

- eBay Plus is robbing the sellers

- I am certain anyone who missed them by mistake won't be punished

- someone said eBay is evil so it must be true

- Your staff didn't have a clue about this issue yeasterday!

People can add tags to their own original posts, they can also add tags to other people's posts. You can see the "Add Tags..." hyperlink (it's blue) at the bottom of posts, right before, let's say, "Message 1 of 8". 

Initially I wrote: "But because announcements are posted by eBay moderators in read-only mode (they don't accept comments), the announcement posts generally don't have the "Add Tags..." option." 

However, I realized that despite the fact I was logged in on eBay.com, I was not logged in to eBay Australia. Once I logged in to eBay Australia, I could see the "Add Tag" option.

David pointed out that most announcement posts written by eBay moderators don't allow people to add tags, but whoever created this one apparently did not check whatever box was necessary to prevent people from tagging the post. So there's no security issue at play.

If you click on the first tag, it takes you to a page where you can see how often the tag has been used:



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This user has validated their user name. by: COVID-19

Sun Sep 4 16:08:26 2022

Ahahahaha! That's.....HILARIOUS! Truthful and funny!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Sun Sep 4 17:13:26 2022

In the initial post, I wondered how someone was able to add tags to the announcement post, which is normally not allowed.

I updated the post above because once I signed in to the eBay Australia site, I saw the Add Tag option.

No security issues, but it appears it was an oversight to allow tags on the announcement board post. We'll see if eBay allows the tags to remain.

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This user has validated their user name. by: David Steiner

Sun Sep 4 17:13:49 2022

To me, this looks like the error of the eBay employee that posted the announcement. Generally speaking, there isn't an option to add tags to an announcement, so someone may have forgotten to check or uncheck a radio box when posting.

I did find an announcement from July 4th on the AU announcement board that allowed people to add tags, but it doesn't appear anyone was as inspired as they were on this last post.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 4 17:51:25 2022

Wasn’t me :(

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by: GetAGrip This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 4 18:19:05 2022

Beat laugh of the day.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Mon Sep 5 05:52:37 2022

eBay Today - The Blunder Down Under.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Sep 5 08:24:21 2022

Well - like a stopped clock thats right 2x a day - eBay IS evil - finally someone got it right

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Mon Sep 5 11:11:34 2022

They Aren't Wrong.
Ebay IS Evil. And thank you to the brave soul who posted this.
Ebay is complicit in the destruction of American Currency via NOT "allowing" Checks and Money Orders.
This is America. In which Ebay is anchored.
They MUST take ALL FORMS of American payments.
To argue this point is to be a Blind Communist.
Dust Ebay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Mon Sep 5 13:17:36 2022

As corporate entities go, eBay is most certainly not evil. Ranks up there with my # 1 (Home Depot).  

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Wed Sep 7 10:54:34 2022

From Miriam Webster -

Definition of evil
1a : morally reprehensible : SINFUL, WICKED
an evil impulse
b : arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct
a person of evil reputation
2a archaic : INFERIOR
b : causing discomfort or repulsion : OFFENSIVE
an evil odor
c : DISAGREEABLE
woke late and in an evil temper
3a : causing harm : PERNICIOUS
the evil institution of slavery
b : marked by misfortune : UNLUCKY

eBay, it’s minions, reps, management, and board have all exhibited these behaviors.  eBay is by the very definition, the epitome of evil in it’s business practices.

Those posting to the contrary here, are ironically doing so on a blog site that eBay evilly attacked, with evil motivation, without remorse, to silence the truth of such observations.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Wed Sep 7 11:10:45 2022

What certain employees did to the Steiners: EVIL personified

eBay in the aggregate: a quirky company where many like to shop

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by: Jeff Smith This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 11 18:16:20 2022

Lover it. Someone should have taken a picture of it.



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