Like theyre not screwing sellers enough as it is?
Perhaps they ought to take a look & see whats going on around them
eBay announced today it's removing listing fees for users who only occasionally auction their wares on the online flea market - but seller beware. The website is simplifying how it charges folks who only auction just a few items per month, but it's not necessarily becoming cheaper as advertised. eBay charges sellers twice per …
Did the reporter not notice the part about the new scheme excluding Buy-It-Now auctions? Seems hard to miss.
eBay deserves what it will get. What shot to stardom as the "online garage sale" will fade to obscurity as the "poor man's Amazon". The small seller will continue to use Craigslist and move away from these greedy morons.
They are the only game in town and they know it, hence why they can rip you off! I sold some old laptop the other day for about £150, first thing I have sold in about 3 months. Them and Paypal between them, took £15 of that sale!
The sellers know they have to put prices up on the item or hide the costs in the postage fees, to ensure that the fees are covered. Most of the time it's cheaper to simply rake through the new and used over at Amazon. If eBay have to drop the fees, sounds like more people are shopping elsewhere!
eBay's strategy is exactly the same as the mobile telephone companies, make the pricing structure so complicated that you need a computer program to work the final price out! Also don't forget that eBay's very cosy relationship with PayPal (It's owned by eBay) which effectually means that PayPal is the default payment method further creams of more of your money into eBay's coffers. The real cost of selling is around 10% of the final price.
An Ex Ebay Seller
After my last experience with their totally dysfunctional dispute system, which is absurdly biased in favour of dishonest sellers, I am determined never to use the useless gits again. So it is with some amusement, I watch as they thrash around, repeately shooting themselves in the foot, and alienating everyone that they haven't screwed over (yet).
So if you're an infrequent seller and you have a one-off bit of kit costing $100, you put five bogus free listings for five rocks from your garden at $0.10 to use up the five, then list the $100 item at original fee cost. Adjust the number of rocks if you have other real low-price items to list.
Or (b), don't use eBay.
at fleaBay in the week following one of their "free listing days" to see what's going to happen. Shedloads of "spoof" crapverts, misleading placeholder ads directing you to buy other stuff offline, and a general waste of oxygen.
fleaBay's longest commercial suicide note in history continues.
This is another reason why I aint going to bother with ebay anymore... ebid.net I aint too sure about but popped my item on there for a try and hope it sells (happy with free listing and 3% rake on the sale)
The end is nigh for fleabay, wheres my hammer and nails??? Oh yes in my coat!
Ebay revised their pricing, private sellers now pay a flat 10% FVF on all sales up to a maximum FVF of £40.
The 8.75% that dropped as the FV rises are now for Business customers only.
So yeah, they *REALLY* screwed casual / private customers but tbh, this story is looking at the stable door after the horse (the private fees being hiked to 10%) has already bolted.
I hoped that extra revenue from the ads they slap in my face all the time would lead to lower fees. With PayPal etc it does work out at around 10% total. If the profit margin is low anyway it makes it not worth while. I just really wish more people would start to use ebid for the things I buy and sell online.
Mine is the one with an overdue ebay invoice in the pocket
... it's crap like this that caused me to close down my fleaBay account. That and being double-dipped by PayPal.
I'll stick with the cheaper, and more hassle-free, method of sticking a postcard in the post office window. Not that this tactic has helped me to shift my unwanted PS3 thus far, mind ...
"... it's crap like this that caused me to close down my fleaBay account. That and being double-dipped by PayPal."
Absolutely. While the article says that Ebay charges twice in auctions, they actually charge three times most of the time. As of several years ago, PayPal (whom we all know is owned by Ebay) decided that Ebay sellers could no longer refuse to accept credit card PayPal payments and take only e-check. Thereby forcing sellers to upgrade to premium PayPal accounts, which not only charge fees for credit cards, but ALSO charge fees for every cash payment accepted too.
I wouldn't gripe about fees for credit cards; credit card processors charge transaction fees. But the fees for cash transactions are downright ludicrous. The only other option is to say "I'll only take prepaid check/money order". Which leads to people buying after not reading your auction terms, or not bidding (lowering your auction value), etc.
Sorry Ebay. I still buy from there when I need the odd bit of kit I cannot find (or cannot find cheaper) but I no longer sell there. Craigslist does just fine for me, and it doesn't cost me a dime. Since it's local, I also don't have to ship an item, so I'm willing to charge less for it, so someone else benefits by getting what I have to sell for less, while I make the same amount of money by not paying Ebay fees. I hope Ebid slowly takes over your market; under their far more fair terms, I'll gladly list with them too.
Mines the one with extra cash in the pockets from not having to pay Ebay fees.
I'd bought and sold a goodly amount of stuff there over the years - the first item I bought had a 6-digit ID number. At the time, it was the greatest thing since sliced bread but -- like everything, it seems -- they got too big for their britches and got greedy. Then all the crapola vendors started listing their pecker pills and whatnot to the point where it's become a real quagmire. Yeah, I still buy the occasional thing I need there, but only after checking Craigslist and other vendors first. Fleabay should be worried, as I and others used to check them FIRST and people like us were the ones who made them as big as they are.
(1) I don't (and won't) have a paypal account
(2) If i even find something interesting i write to the seller to ask if they still take money order
(I've always used those...one variety or another) and never had a problem with them.
(3) If the item closes out before I get back to it...too bad. Just seeing paypal only is enough to drive me away.
The regular sellers i looked at all the time in the past are now losing business becuase of ebay. have read too many stories about all their "changes" and grand plans for turning it into a "tot-mart" for large business and shutting out the little guy and it looks like they're still heading down that track to the cornfield meet.
"Amazon is much cheaper now for tat."
Very true, but it's not without its problems.
The first is that the 'postal credit' system is seriously fucked up - a lot of people have complained about it but Amazon don't seem particularly inclined to do anything about it eg. £2.75 postage for a book irrespective of whether or not the book is bog-standard novel or some hardback uber-tome on Java.
The second is that, to the best of my current knowledge, you can only sell something if Amazon also sell it - this has its good points, since you can easily list something in a couple of clicks without having to play the digital pimp and make your item sound attractive (one of the things I truly hated about fleaBay). The downside is that if you want to sell something that's *slightly* different you could well be sunk as you can't rely on punters bothering to read additional item descriptions.
They're not above gouging on fees either, but as it stands they're still the best of a bad lot and my first choice if I'm flogging books or games.
David Harville, eBay's former director of global resiliency, pleaded guilty this week to five felony counts of participating in a plan to harass and intimidate journalists who were critical of the online auction business.
Harville is the last of seven former eBay employees/contractors charged by the US Justice Department to have admitted participating in a 2019 cyberstalking campaign to silence Ina and David Steiner, who publish the web newsletter and website EcommerceBytes.
Former eBay employees/contractors Philip Cooke, Brian Gilbert, Stephanie Popp, Veronica Zea, and Stephanie Stockwell previously pleaded guilty. Cooke last July was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. Gilbert, Popp, Zea and Stockwell are currently awaiting sentencing.
A now-former eBay security director accused of harassing a couple who wrote a critical newsletter about the internet tat bazaar is set to plead guilty to cyberstalking.
Five of them pleaded guilty; Baugh and David Harville, eBay's now-ex-director of global resiliency, denied the allegations and were due to go on trial.
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The Biden administration's announcement of the planned nomination reminds us that Whitman has served as CEO of eBay, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Quibi. Whitman also serves on the boards of Procter & Gamble, and General Motors.
The announcement doesn't remind readers that Whitman has form as a Republican politician – she ran for governor of California in 2010, then backed the GOP's Mitt Romney in his 2008 and 2012 bids for the presidency. She later switched political allegiance and backed the presidential campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.
A couple from the US who run a small ecommerce publication have launched legal action against eBay accusing the company of a "coordinated effort to intimidate, threaten to kill, torture, terrorize, stalk and silence" them to muzzle their coverage.
The allegations – made in a complaint lodged in the US District Court of Massachusetts this week – are the latest chapter in a long-running case that has already resulted in guilty pleas from a number of former employees in what has become known as the "eBay cyberstalking case".
Lawyers acting on behalf of the owners of EcommerceBytes – an online trade publication that covers the ecommerce industry run by journalists Ina and David Steiner - said the intimidation was so bad they were in fear for their lives.
Two senior eBay executives who have refused to join their colleagues and plead guilty to charges of cyberstalking have been hit with a string of fresh charges.
James Baugh, 45, was eBay senior director of safety and security, and David Harville, 48, was its director of global resiliency when they were arrested back in June, along with four other eBay employees accused of stalking and intimidating a married couple who published a newsletter for the ecommerce industry that was critical of eBay.
Both Baugh and Harville were charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses. But despite their colleagues admitting waging a campaign against the couple – which included sending disturbing items such as a preserved fetal pig, a bloody pig Halloween mask and a book on surviving the loss of a spouse to their home address – both execs maintain they are innocent.
Six former eBay staffers, including two executives, were hit this week with criminal charges for allegedly serially harassing two bloggers who were critical of the internet tat bazaar.
According to prosecutors in the US, director of safety and security James Baugh, 45, of San Jose, California; director of global resiliency David Harville, 48, of New York City; manager of global intelligence Stephanie Stockwell, 26, of Redwood City, California; and eBay Global Intelligence Center staffers Stephanie Popp, 32, Veronica Zea, 26, and Brian Gilbert, 51, all of San Jose, conspired to commit cyber-stalking and tamper with witnesses.
Gilbert, we note, is a former Santa Clara, California, police captain, who went into the private sector. Baugh and Harville were arrested by the FBI earlier today. All six were or are due to appear in federal district courts in New York and Boston.
Four of the seven former eBay employees charged with cyberstalking a couple critical of the web auction house are scheduled to plead guilty next month.
In June, the US Justice Department charged six former staffers – director of safety and security James Baugh, 45, of San Jose, California; director of global resiliency David Harville, 48, of New York City; manager of global intelligence Stephanie Stockwell, 26, of Redwood City, California; and eBay Global Intelligence Center staffers Stephanie Popp, 32, Veronica Zea, 26, and Brian Gilbert, 51, all of San Jose – with conspiring to commit cyberstalking and tamper with witnesses.
The US Attorney's Office of Massachusetts on Wednesday said four former eBay employees charged in that case plan to admit guilt at a video conference hearing scheduled for October 8, 2020.
The Feds have secured another guilty plea in the eBay cyberstalking case where former employees of the online auction house targeted and harassed a couple who were critical of the company in their ecommerce newsletter.
Philip Cooke, 55, oversaw eBay’s security operations in Europe and Asia and was a former police captain in Santa Clara, California. He pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses.
Cooke, based in San Jose, was just one of seven employees, including one manager, accused of targeting a married couple living on the other side of the United States, in Massachusetts, because they didn’t like their criticisms of eBay in the newsletter.
Second-hand tat bazaar eBay was unavailable for some UK users this week, after Virgin Media and TalkTalk mistakenly blacklisted the site’s CDN in their parental control filtering software.
The error was spotted by UK digital civil liberties watchdog, The Open Rights Group, which estimated the problem affected between 20 and 30 per cent of Virgin Media and Talk Talk customers, and lasted at least three days.
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