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Mon Dec 21 2015 17:00:07

eBay Displays Item in China as Being Located in Los Angeles

By: Reader

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Dear Ina, 
Thought this might interest you in revealing to your readers about eBay.

I found an item in Los Angeles, since they were pretty big I contacted them to see if I could pick the item up.

When I received their answer, in eBay messages the item was shown that I was asking about. The item said it was from China!

So in the eBay listing it says Los Angeles, but the message item shows China.

Is this eBay aiding China to lie to buyers about where the item is so that if you filter out China, it still shows up?
Jason




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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Mon Dec 21 17:59:01 2015

Sellers are suppose to put the location of the product on the listing.  There are many sellers both domestic and foreign that have domestic locations.  Some have multiple locations.  But the seller is suppose to be accurate in the listing.

As for the email, as we all know, many things are manufactured or come from China.  Were they saying the item is 'from China' or needs to 'ship from China'?  The two don't necessarily mean the same thing.

Now it is possible if they are saying it would ship from China that it is because they recently ran out of stock in LA or it may not.  It really isn't going to serve a seller, any seller, well do this on a regular basis.  Their delivery estimates would be all wrong and buyers would ding their FB often.  That isn't a good thing for sellers.

As for Ebay, they would not be playing in part in this unless the buyers notified Ebay that this seller was doing something underhanded, which they may or may not be doing by your description.  

I'm not sticking up for the seller.  I don't know the seller.  But there may be a reasonable explanation and maybe if you asked them a couple questions, you'd know for sure.

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

Mon Dec 21 19:56:34 2015

What ebafia means by Item Location is perfectly clear just as it's perfectly clear what ebafia means by Country/Region of Manufacture.

Yes, ebafia allows untruthful Item Location declarations despite their policy against it. They coddle and enable dishonest Communist Chinese sellers. Ebafia has built several warehouses SPECIFICALLY for the Communist Chinese in the United States.

Two locations to be wary of are East Brunswick, NJ and Ontario, CA.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Mon Dec 21 19:59:16 2015

@Jason (OP) - I believe what you described is a fairly common occurrence. I bought an item which was clearly stated as being located in Los Angeles, but when it arrived it was shipped from China. I was not happy as I (and many others) do not wish to give more money to China.

I have wondered whether some of the Chinese sellers, knowing that there are buyers in the U.S. who only want to buy from sellers in this country, that put in false information about where they are located. I'm sure eBay doesn't care since they're still getting their fees.

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by: Santini This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 21 22:17:29 2015

If an item is listed as in the US, and is really being shipped from China, I don't see how they'd make the estimated delivery date, unless they have a lengthy handling time.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 21 23:51:45 2015

Item (MIS)location is also done to rig Cassini.

US sellers are supposed to be on top, with "also available from these international sellers" on the bottom of the list ...

However this is eBay, and eBay looks the other way (due to the FVFs) when it comes to Chinese sellers.

NOTHING on eBay is on the "up n up" .... most things are dishonest/slanted against smaller US based sellers (except Toolguy hes hes their boy...LOL) and are alot of times .. ILLEGAL.

Dont bother "reporting the seller" as nothing will happen. eBay doesnt care - theres no money in caring - just as there isnt in removing listings with obvious copyrighted photos or photos stolen from other sellers etc.

What you describe is just "another day on eBay" .... I mean really dude ..... how do you expect eBays honchos to GET their millions (Im looking at you - you old fart GRIFF) if theres no dirty dealing going on?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Tue Dec 22 07:11:44 2015

It's dishonest. The fact that eBay management condones it tells you all you need to know about eBay management.

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by: Barbbie This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 22 09:32:46 2015

Hi,
Several ways this can happen.
One, you can put anything you want in the field, I have seen many that just had US.
Also, Amazon has required a ''returns'' location in the US for the International sellers, so they can probably use the return providers address for a US location.
Another possibility is they actually have a wholesale business in the US as well.
One of my suppliers has a US and a China website and I have dealt with the China guy when the US people were out of the office at times.
Lastly, maybe they just want to save some money since I find they can ship it to the US for apparently less than U.S. citizens since if you look at the chinese items for instance .92 fixed price, free shipping, must be mailed in a box item. I would pay at least 2.04 just to ship it not to mention the item, box, ebay fees, paypal fees... how do you sell anything for 92 cents with free shipping? Good incentive regardless to ship to you from China even if they have a U.S. address.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Dec 22 10:29:33 2015

I don't do the china thing

No e-packets for me

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by: gramophone-georg This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 22 14:11:33 2015

I've run into listings that list the item location as being in USA but the item actually ships from overseas. You need to go look at seller's FB page and see where they are registered, because THAT is where your item is likely coming from.

Just more eBay deceit...

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric

Tue Dec 22 19:45:14 2015

This is eBay's concept of having regional distribution centers for cheap Chinese crappola.

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by: Tiffee Jasso This user has validated their user name.

Wed Dec 23 00:26:55 2015

@Marie. Most sellers from Asia that I have looked at   have huge amounts of negatives. I have seen quite a few with a thousand plus and yet, they are still on the top of best seller match page and generally, with lots of duplicates. Ebay does not seem to treat Asian sellers the same as they do American sellers. I have never seen anyone explain why this is allowed to continue, and so I cannot explain the differences. I can only put down my own observations.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ihatethebay

Wed Dec 23 00:46:12 2015

Yet another reason that I finally declared my independence from the evilbay as a seller on July the 4th, 2015.

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by: Redlion This user has validated their user name.

Wed Dec 23 01:08:40 2015

This same thing is now happening on Etsy.  Numerous posts on the forums of buyers ordering from US based sellers only to find out the item is actually shipping from China.

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by: CaddyShack This user has validated their user name.

Wed Dec 23 01:11:48 2015

If you see a listing it can state that it is shipped from a certain warehouse, because the seller does not have any inventory on hand to ship, they are selling products for a china company that has been warehoused some where else. I have come across this when looking at items and the listing can state it comes from china. Come on Marie you should know better! Ebay lets this happen all the time you as a buyer have to really check the listing if you think it might come from china.  

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Wed Dec 23 07:51:25 2015

This is old news, this has been going on for years, items and sellers located in China, show up in search as the item located and shipped from the US, but when you click on the sellers feedback, they are shown as being from China.



We had no choice but to completely STOP reporting ALL Seller violations, fake locations, duplicates, fraud, scams, fake items, and counterfeit items, even dangerous items that can do serious harm,  because ebay does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about them, and I do mean seriously NOTHING, it's total negligence and irresponsibility on eBay's part, and it's a total waste of our time to report them to eBay, we  have no choice but to look the other way,

it's concerning knowing people will be injured and harmed financially, but, ebay has decided they don't care about these reports, and that if they can make a FVF on a dangerous or counterfeit item, that can burn your house down along with your whole family without going to jail, that's good business.

There was a time when ebay was a community, and these reports were properly dealt with but those days are gone,  

Welcome to the new and improved ebay,

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by: GotToGetOut This user has validated their user name.

Wed Dec 23 07:55:25 2015

Toolguy, we all know you don't do business with China but how would you know it if you placed an order that indicated it was coming from California?

That's the point of this discussion -- not how great you are and how well you do.

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by: FREDDY This user has validated their user name.

Wed Dec 23 08:52:12 2015

I noticed this in the past. First time was a couple of years ago.  Location - California. When you get it - China.  
Not right.  
This happened twice.  ebay looks for fees only.

What you have to remember is that if they send the wrong item, which happened in my case, I had to return for refund per ebay. Cost was ridiculous because you need signed receipt etc. This is per ebay.   That was my last purchase on ebay for anything. Not worth getting ripped off.
Stopped buying then I stopped selling on ebay.  

Off subject- I was at a friends house. She was looking for a xmas gift for a pharmacist.  Only showed one page-most from China.  
Ebay is intentionally killing itself. Why I have no idea.  

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by: Randy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Dec 23 09:26:43 2015

Sounds to me like the seller is located in China, but has a warehouse in L.A.

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Wed Dec 23 13:01:56 2015

I'm pretty sure I've seen the same thing on Amazon. These ding-a-lings will list by some download and claim to be in a particular state. Except the first time I saw this, they did say they were in China and stayed open long enough to sell some items till they were closed, then a new vendor with same prices (HIGH!) and same inventory came in and took their place only in a different state/local, wash rinse and repeat. The only difference in these sellers besides the supposed state name, was what completely wrong category they choose this time to list everything under, and boy did they pick some categories that had absolutely nothing to do with what was being sold. And oh yeah, they supplied their own UPC code which never matched the UPC for items that they were selling that are still in print/production.

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by: whipnet This user has validated their user name.

Wed Dec 23 13:07:17 2015

A lot of these suspicious situations involves the City of Industry, CA.  Things mailed from there seem to take as long as something from China.

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