Some people took to Twitter to grumble after noticing the auction site had been hammered.
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Online tat bazaar eBay has collapsed in the UK, with intermittent outages affecting people around the country. Users told The Reg that the community forums, messaging facility and the "My eBay page" were crippled. According to Down Detector, the problems started at about 9am this morning. An eBay spokesman told us: "Some …
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What's the point of news sites embedding random twits into stories?
I have zero interest in Twitter, and even less in knowing that whatever-the-happening has disrupted @somerandomnonentity's day.
Grr. Going to get my morning coffee now. Sorry kids, I will not snapchat, instagram, tweet, or liveblog it.
Most sellers now are businesses, the sellers of 'second hand crap' have faded into a minority, driven out by scamming buyers, the lack of ability to leave negative feedback about a bad buyer, and the decision to charge the seller a %age of the postal charges.
"...charge the seller a %age of the postal charges."
A natural reaction to the previous trend of offering an item worth about $20 for just $0.99 (thus avoiding eBay commission fees) plus $23.00 "shipping".
The real macroeconomics mystery are the many vendors from China offering free S&H, even on $0.99 items, and when it arrives the printed postal-meter postage really is ¥00.000 (zero). This is a very intriguing mystery. The only solution implies a CPC 5-year plan decision.
I am reliably informed by OneThatKnows that if a retailer in China can get his packages to the airport the carriers will not charge them, provided they are not too fussed when they go (hence unpredictable delivery times from china),
This gives Chinese eBay retailes a huge advantage over everyone else!
Today a phablet arrived here from a pro retailer, sold through eBay, and delivered from Amazon.
This is getting confusing. The ways ordinary folk can sell stuff are getting fewer and fewer. I know of five regular auctions locally which have stopped happening. The second-hand bookshops are vanishing too.
Some of the charity shops will take "good" stuff. But what makes something "good" is a rather high standard. If they don't want you, disposal costs money.
How much does an electrical safety certificate cost for an old washing machine? Or that computer?
We're still in a depression, and we don't seem to be allowed to sell anything. It's for our own good, right?
It's the same for the people working on telephone helplines. I have had a not-fun weekend dealing with that, and whether it's a telephone or live chat, I have sometimes wondered if they even bother with the question the customer asks. They are as bad as politicians. Has anyone on Question Time ever managed to answer the question asked or admitted they don't know?
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