Ebay horror stories

#1 by Robert Crewdson , Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:19 pm

This is an old story I just come across, but given Tom's recent experience, it's quite worrying. It's enough to put you off advertising on Ebay.
https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/a...loited-scammers


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RE: Ebay horror stories

#2 by Tom Photiou , Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:30 pm

Yes, E bay definatly need to do something for the good sellers who get caught by assholes. I think if i was stung by that amount i would tell ebay where to shove there auction site. It not good that a seller cant leave negative views on buyers who try it on. At the end of the day you can also set up a preference to ensure that only people who have more than a certain amount of feedback can bid.
I myself have learnt a few minor lessons on the way, but so far, touch wood, nothing serious. My recent episode was as bad as its got for me. Nothing lost nothing gained.
You just have to be careful i think.


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RE: Ebay horror stories

#3 by Greg Perry , Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:21 pm

The Guardian article is worth a read for the tale of the beetroot at the very least! I don't know if I would sell any electronics on ebay after reading the article.

Ebay seems to be getting worse each year--at least in terms of how the site operates. Seems to me that instead of fixing larger issues they continue to dink around with little changes that make no sense and provide no real benefit. On the plus side, I have gotten some real nice films through ebay and have been able to sell a few along the way too. I do wish there was an alternative auction site that was a big enough player to keep ebay from continuing to charge sellers more and more fees.


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RE: Ebay horror stories

#4 by Robert Crewdson , Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:42 pm

I've had some really good films from Ebay as well that haven't come up on dealers lists. I think Ebay give preference to the buyer over the Seller because they know there is no alternative that has the same power as Ebay. I don't like these stories of sellers losing their payments and the item they sold, leaving them with nothing. Surely, there must be some kind of protection. If you have ever contacted Ebay over anything, it either seems that your message was not read properly, or read by a machine. No personal service.


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RE: Ebay horror stories

#5 by Ian Partridge , Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:53 pm

I agree the eBay business model has developed into a horror plot. But eBay's shift has been relieving the seller of control of sale of their goods, and burdening the seller when a deal goes wrong. As Robert has said, and I believe also, what eBay is doing is not legal because they have created a mechanism that encourages fraud.

eBay was founded on trust. When identities and transactions were not hidden it was possible to find out in detail about bidders' and sellers' history sufficient to block them or cancel their bid. The ability of sellers to leave negatives to bidders left a public trail of evidence so that eBayers were able to make appropriate decisions quickly without the involvement of eBay. It meant transaction could complete smoothly.

Reading the Guardian story from 2016 proves eBay continues to profit and has done nothing since about the problem.

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