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Thu June 5 2014 21:17:46

eBay Favors Large Businesses over Local Mom-and-Pops

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
Saw your article regarding eBay valet services. As you know we are a consignment store and also sell on eBay. It was disheartening to stand in line at the post office and see a woman in front of me with a pre-printed eBay valet box, labeled to go to Linda's Stuff.

I spoke to the lady and mentioned we also had a consignment store, apparently (eBay/Linda's Stuff) only takes 30%. But she said she wasn't aware we were in town.

The reason why it is so disheartening is here is a customer who is sending a product out of state, this hurts the local economy. It is hard enough to see eBay promote Linda's Stuff on their home page and now Linda's Stuff is one of their valet partners. This is very damaging (yes I will admit I am jealous - can't lie) but it seems this is another sign of how the system is stacked against the small sellers. This is almost like eBay is taking a very active role in Linda's Stuff business.

Thanks for listening to my vent - I appreciate all you do to keep us sellers informed.
Grace




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by: NetWatch This user has validated their user name.
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Thu Jun 5 22:11:26 2014

Notice all over the place today Donahoe is being quoted as endorsing BitCoin and saying PayPal may embrace it. Hold on a minute. Let me get this straight. Donahoe hides out completely for two weeks after the hacking event at eBay and now his first statements are about an artificial currency with imaginary backing??? One would think he would be more considered about the massive requests for his resignation as CEO of eBay. One petition is pushing 3,000 signatures now and Congressman Barton of Texas and Congressman Rush of Illinois have launched an investigation into eBay. Is it just me, or am I missing something here?

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

Fri Jun 6 02:54:26 2014

Most of us know in principle and in the abstract that ebay favors everyone and everything that isn't a small and/or mom and pop seller or a preferred seller shill bidding operation.

But the abstract becomes quite concrete and very sad when those who ebay so willfully damages and destroys tell their stories.

Unfortunately yours and other similar stories won't reach the ears that might be able to facilitate change.

After all, The Ho just discovered Bitcoin which could be declared an unsafe payment method.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Fri Jun 6 03:44:20 2014

“I think there’s no doubt digital currency is going to play an important role going forward, and at PayPal, we’re going to have to integrate digital currencies into our wallet.”—eBay’s Johnny Ho, June 2014

Take note this comment by the Ho and then wait and see how the passage of some time will show just how little this headless turkey knows about anything … http://bit.ly/11F2eas

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Jun 6 06:09:12 2014

Perhaps the compensation committee will rule that Donahoe be paid in bitcoin currency.

In my mind, he is definitely worth some unproven imaginary currency.

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by: NetWatch This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Jun 6 08:38:39 2014

Ming, please elaborate on WHY these stories and information are not reaching the ears that could facilitate change. Because therein lies the crux of the problem...

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by: wonderswhy This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jun 6 09:52:02 2014

Its no wonder, shoplet is over on Walmart also, probably on Amazon also, don't remember seeing them there though. Years ago I purchased an office supply I couldn't find anywhere, I didn't like their site, emails were constant and I had to treat them as junk, I don't think they are so cheap.

Who knows?  ebay may be buying them.

I took a look at that shopify site but you need your own unique item or create it. More and more sites are appearing now, I think ebay has had its run.

Was it mentioned here about Omniture/Adobe? Isn't Omniture similar to spyware?

It came across that way while reading at their site.

Oh, I know businesses like to track their customers, that's the way its done today

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by: wonderswhy This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jun 6 09:52:59 2014

Ebay UK are just as disgusted as we are


http://community.ebay.co.uk/t5/Business-Seller-Board/Sl
ow-Sales-last-48hrs/td-p/2660748/page/35

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by: Massachusets Howler This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jun 6 10:35:45 2014

Board Members are heavily invested in Bitcoib- Marc Andreson ibn particular has a HUGE investment in Bitcoin.

My question is: WHY would JD WANT Bitcoin and not regular Paypal payments?????
Is JD pushing it for Andreson?
MH

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Fri Jun 6 11:50:57 2014

eBay below $50 ($49.67) ... Might be worth risking a few tens of dollars at ~$10—if they can get rid of Johnny Ho ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

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This user has validated their user name. by: Puck

Fri Jun 6 12:03:39 2014

''eBay Favors Large Businesses over Local Mom-and-Pop''

Now there's a red hot news flash...

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Fri Jun 6 12:09:32 2014

But seriously, how can any corporation that is now so despised by so many, with a CEO even more despised, possibly hope to continue to prosper?

eBay Inc, where the incompetent mingle with the malevolent and the criminal, and the just plain stupid ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

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by: Xander This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jun 6 12:12:58 2014

''Is it just me, or am I missing something here?''

You're not missing anything at all. Ebay is doing what they have always done; they make a blunder, in this case a very big one, hind out in the bunker for a while then come out later and act like nothing happened.

They've dropped bomb after bomb on sellers who get angry then carry on as usual doing business with ebay. The hack affects both sellers and buyers but still no public statement from ebay?

If Dohna-dolt is pushing for bitcoin then he must have some way to capitalize on it.

If I remember correctly, bitcoin can be used in a fashion which is difficult to trace which makes it attractive to the criminal element. Considering ebays actions this past number of years, adding bitcoin might be right up their alley.

Just think how hard it might be to tell where the money is coming from or going to. Adding bitcoin to ebay might further their ability to swindle shareholders with their creative book-cooking quarterly reports.

Wasn't bitcoin the only payment method accepted by the online drug site ''silk road''?

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by: RCL This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jun 6 12:23:17 2014

Is anyone here addressing the letter writer??

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This user has validated their user name. by: Puck

Fri Jun 6 12:52:57 2014

''After all, The Ho just discovered Bitcoin which could be declared an unsafe payment method''

@ Ming:
The efforts of discovering Bitcoin tired Donahole out and he's taking some well deserved R & R on Baffin Island clubbing baby harp seals.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Fri Jun 6 14:40:26 2014

"Is anyone here addressing the letter writer??"

What can be said to the OP that has not already been said here thousands of times before; Johnny Ho does not like the hoi polloi; he only likes very large sellers and, particularly, the "major brands" of the world ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Fri Jun 6 17:32:15 2014

@RCL - I agree with Philip Cohen: There's nothing more than can be said. JD thinks you're noise if you aren't Toys R Us or one of the other mega-million dollar companies. I'd never heard of Linda's Stuff, but after reading reviews online, it appears they are one of JD's "gems," selling misrepresented merchandise and gouging people with high shipping charges. It also appears that it takes forever for people to receive the money for items Linda sold. No wonder she's a JD-preferred seller.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Fri Jun 6 19:33:23 2014

If anyone is interested, they will find an analysis of "Linda" within my analysis of a certain lady from Chicago (at http://bit.ly/11F2eas). At least Linda’s auctions appear generally to be clear of shill bidding, unlike many others selling via auction; she appears to generally start her auctions at the minimum she is prepared to accept ...

Regardless, my earlier analysis of Linda, and many others, indicates that, for some time now, all has not well for such merchants on the eBay Marketplace, undoubtedly due to the efforts of eBay's current chief headless turkey, Johnny Ho; for example, the lady from Chicago appears to be paying eBay FVFs on so many faux sales, I simply don’t know how she survives ...

eBay Inc, where the incompetent mingle with the malevolent and the criminal, and the just plain stupid ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

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This user has validated their user name. by: Puck

Fri Jun 6 20:10:56 2014

'' I'd never heard of Linda's Stuff, but after reading reviews online, it appears they are one of JD's ''gems,'' selling misrepresented merchandise and gouging people with high shipping charges. It also appears that it takes forever for people to receive the money for items Linda sold. No wonder she's a JD-preferred seller.''

She inculcates all the admirable traits eBay management holds so dear.

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by: NetWatch This user has validated their user name.
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Sat Jun 7 13:24:51 2014

PETITION CALLING FOR FIRING OF CEO JOHN DONAHOE FROM EBAY: http://www.petitiononline.com/petitions/jdonohoe/signatures?page=34

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Sun Jun 8 23:41:43 2014

Didn't Richard Brannigan take a bunch of BITCOIN for a flight on his Virgin Space Project--and had it changed into REAL MONEY the instant they got it?  

Now THERE is a guy who has proved he knows HOW to do business in many spheres.

And who is a bit of a showboater and knows a thing or two about publicity stunts.  

So---I am guessing that this was in part a publicity gag.  BUT the fact that they ACCEPTED it AS payment---but did not TRUST it for longer than it took to RE-SELL it---makes me SURE of this!

And didn't the person who claimed to be responsible for the ebay hack and releasing some of the info they got DEMAND to be paid in--Bitcoin---for more info? And YES "SilkRoad" was and is a center for illegal activity and YES they DO their business at least in part via Bitcoin.  

I wonder if the Ho is going to try and hide a few MORE billions offshore via Bitcoin.

Maybe he will take his invisible currency and disappear into invisibility.  

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