UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, SIDE EFFECTS OF EBAY ELIMINATING SMALL SELLERS: Nationwide, thousands upon thousands of American citizens from all walks of life and all economic strata began to purchase and accumulate items to sell on eBay. Many of them who started early on, during the golden years of eBay (1995-2005 roughly), did a fairly brisk business and sold hundreds or thousands of items (depending upon how deeply they got into it) and operated on the premise that the gravy train would continue. Ebay had led them to believe that it would. Then in 2008, John Donahoe took over and decided that he wanted the “name brand” corporate big box retailers such as JC Penney, KMart, Toys R Us, Levi’s, etc. selling on eBay instead of the average American citizen. And he proceeded to enact policies and actions that began the wholesale purging of thousands of small sellers, something that has accelerated in the past few years. So now we have tens of thousands of people whose garages and storage units and even rooms in their homes are filled with all of this merchandise that eBay is now barring them from being able to sell on the eBay site…

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