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Mon Mar 12 2018 16:07:08

eBay Acts Like Awkward Adolescent with Certain Art Prints

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
I recently ran into an issue with eBay and was wondering if you could possibly publish a story relating to it.

I sell collectible art prints and pay monthly for an eBay "Premium Store".  I was recently looking through my store (not my active listings page which I view much more frequently), and I noticed an item that did not have a photo showing.  

Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the title was also missing, and in its place was the notation: "Adult only item - Requires verification".  

As you may know, items in the "adult only" section can only be found if you specifically select that ... Read More

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Sat Mar 10 2018 08:44:53

Online Sales Tax Prohibited by the Constitution

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
I can not see how the internet sales tax issues keeps coming up??? Article 1 Section 9 of the US Constitution very clearly prohibits it:

No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

I don't think it could be any clearer or simpler, yet lawyers think they can weasle word around this to the point that words have no meaning.

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Thu Mar 8 2018 17:06:48

Is eBay Correct that Free Returns Are Industry Standard?

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
I think eBay is dishonest when they say free returns are industry standard. That is flat out not true on selling venues like theirs. I'd like them to name another selling venue like theirs, that does or tries to force sellers into offering free returns. Below is actual info on Amazon & Walmart sites concerning returns on products not owned or sold either of them.

Free Returns only applies to product(s) fulfilled by Amazon. It does not apply to the same product(s) fulfilled by other sellers.

Items purchased from a Marketplace retailer cannot be returned to a Walmart store or to; they must be ... Read More

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Wed Mar 7 2018 11:32:37

Why Does eBay Obscure Auction End Times in Search?

By: Reader


Dear Ina,
Almost everything that I sell or buy on eBay is in auction format. When buying, I don't like to "click" on an item because as much as eBay's search stinks, it sure has no problem revealing that awesome buy that I found by listing it at the bottom of the page "See What Other People Looked at After Looking at This" (although I imagine that "Sponsored Items" will be taking over all of that prime real estate soon enough.)

Lately I have had to click on items just to find out what bloody time the auction ends! Why, well because eBay has been ... Read More

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Mon Mar 5 2018 21:21:31

Connecticut Tax Clawback Could Impact Online Sales

By: Reader


Dear Ina,
I recently received an email from, telling me that they were required by Connecticut law to report the total cash spent by me on their site for a three year period. Here is their letter:

Dear Mr. (Name redacted),

A recent Connecticut law requires Newegg to disclose the amount you spent with us for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. We do not collect sales tax on behalf of the state, but customers are required to file a sales or use tax form and pay tax on all taxable purchases.

During that three year period, you purchased the following amounts from us for ... Read More

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