COLLUSION – The term for what eBay is also engaged in illegally by showing favoritism to large retailers by deleting ( scrubbing ) their negative feedbacks and removing low DSR scores – in order to increase their search standings over small to mid-size sellers who may be competitors. EBAY ITEM VISIBILITY FRAUD: “The Known seller limit on the number of listings will always show you have listed those items on eBay as you post them. And go down. The problem is eBay does not always post all of your items on their website so the items remain invisible. You think you are posting them on to the eBay website, but you aren’t. You can only see them because eBay recognizes your IP Address and makes it appear as if your items are listed. But they remain hidden from view by consumers nationally and internationally. This is why your number of views are so low. This is why your items often pass. This is why you often have only 1 winning bidder. You are paying for service not being provided. This is criminal. eBay’s user agreement is fraudulent. It is written to confuse you and steal fees from you…” (FORMER EBAY INSIDER) WHY THE FOCUS MUST BE ON EBAY’S EGREGIOUS ACTIVITIES: “Ina Steiner and her associates at eCommerceBytes.com are champions and have amassed enough documentation and witnesses for us to see John Donahoe handcuffed and prosecuted. IF sellers stop complaining about small matters (that are legal and policy issues) vs. focusing on the actual CRIMINAL ACTIVITY eBay is engaged in. eBay will change policy once the criminal activity is exposed in the media and in court. The problem is many sellers are whining about eBay policy changes that ARE legal and not enough about the criminal matters. This is why every single message board, forum and even Ina’s blog have not yet lead to an investigation and prosecution of eBay. Lack of focus. Ina has been trying to show the sellers the truth but is drowned out with small matters that have no meaning compared to the serious issues she has uncovered.” (FORMER EBAY INSIDER)
EBAY SHORT INTEREST: Short positions will continue to decline until approximately thirty days prior to PayPal spin-off. The scuttlebutt about selling off the Enterprise operation will keep share prices higher. Once they are both gone, the short buzzards will swoop in on the corpse that’s left.
QUOTE FOR THE DAY: “What many small sellers are experiencing is known as “Mirroring.” eBay notices your IP address and shows you your items as posted-up, but in reality they are not posted. They show them to you simply to make it look like your auctions or fixed prices items are visible. This has been tested by sellers all over the globe and shown the be the truth. Also, items may be visible, than taken down and quite often visible only to specific areas. You may have noticed sales coming in from 3 states in the same region. Or at times only 1 to 2 states. Sad but true. eBay’s fraudulent and unfair user agreement states they are not required to post up ANY of your items. If eBay is a Casino? They should market themselves as such. Have you noticed that most of your sales have been from a small number of states. This happens when eBay centralizes your postings by region. They rotate them at random. So your items are not being offered nationwide, but to a select few states quite often. The problem is how many potential bids or sales are you losing with this practice? And why doesn’t eBay just inform sellers where their inventory is being offered? So that they can determine whether it is worth it to post? The other issue is how much revenue have you lost, but eBay being engaged in this fraud? In effect they have interfered with your business and your revenue. They are forcing you to sell your goods at a lower price without your knowledge.” (James Lancer)
BRINGING EBAY’S WHITE COLLAR CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE: On the surface, it looks like the Bain crew may get away with their crimes after breaking up eBay. Anyway, I was looking into corporate crime and was wondering if people have tried contacting prosecutors that have had success fighting corporations in corporate crime. There is a website http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com that lists the largest corporate crime cases won from the 90’s. It also talks about the pressure some of the prosecutors were up against. Remember, if these same prosecutors were tough enough to go up against some of these corporations maybe they would be a good bet on doing something about eBay CEO and management…
BULLET LIST FROM A BLOG POSTER OF WHAT’S WRONG AT EBAY FOR SMALL SELLERS:
COMPETITOR ADS BELOW YOUR ITEM
EXTRA HIDDEN FEES
40% RETURN RATE
HOLDS PLACED ON YOUR PAYPAL FUNDS
NO SELLER PROTECTION
NO SELLER SUPPORT
HUGE STRESS LEVELS
ADS FROM OTHER SELLERS WHILE BUYERS CHECK OUT (from a blog poster, ajeweler, on Ina Steiner’s EcommerceBytes.com)
WHY U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AREN’T GOING AFTER EBAY: POSTER #1: Setting aside Donahoe’s connections with the current Adminstration and the lobbying by eBay, what other explanations/factors play into the failure of govt agencies or elected officials to act against eBay?
POSTER #2: Out of sight, out of mind. It is online, not in the “real world”. It is not something that government officials as a whole “sees” daily. They see all sorts of other issues, but online issues tend to be like another world to many people. Age has some to do with it, but as the population grows old with the internet as part of their lives, issues online become more important, as they directly affect more people in power, as well as their friends, relatives, constituents, supporters, etc. POSTER #3: Simply stated, the feds are not interested in refereeing a falling out between a major domestic corporation and a bunch of used book (I include myself in that demographic) and cracked teacup peddlers. As I have often stated, if the feds ever investigate eBay as the first step in litigating them, it will be over accounting practices or SEC violations. The current administration is giving corporations and corporate contributors free lunch and wasting everyone’s time making federal cases over legal shootings of jig street thugs.. eBay and/or their officers will never stand before a judge as defendants short of the reckoning we will all receive at the Second Coming. Nothing.
I realize that is not what people want to hear but it is the truth. In that sellers will receive no satisfaction through process of law, they should attempt to have their grievances redressed by continuing to make noise on the Internet which has the potential of hitting the fvckers in the only place that hurts them. Their checking balance. Believe me, there is no white knight out there mounting his charger to come to anyone’s aid. And there you have from an old warrior who has dealt with the bastards most of his life. POSTER #4: I believe eBay needs whistleblowers to report what is kept under wrap. Mostly, as a private company, eBay makes users sign way most rights.
I do believe that there is a conflict between the notion the we do business with sellers, thereby setting our terms of business, and eBay allowing buyers to automatically click a return button that gives the seller a defect. We require a phone call or other direct communication so that we can issues a return authorization number. If merchandise is not as described, we require pictures of the item so we can examine them against the ones we have on file (this is particularly important since we consign and have a fiduciary responsibility to receive back merchandise that is not altered – considerable bait and switch problems, which are fraudulent). eBay’s return policy conflicts with ours. To what extent eBay members could come together as a class to deal with this issues, I don’t know. Mostly, eBay participants sign away most of their rights.
I don’t believe most elected officials know about eBay issues. It’s small potatoes, but affects smaller sellers.
Thomas Massies, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Goodlatte, are aware of Internet sales taxes and trying to achieve a fair remedy. The problem is that if we pay origin taxes (based on where business is located), we won’t be able to compete based on high shipping costs. Alibaba will be sweeping into US, taking good directly to consumers, having negotiated with the USPS he lowest shipping rates imaginable. Smaller businesses in the US endure the highest shipping rates imaginable.
The Title II issue is a nightmare. It’s being supported by the liberals who are being manipulated by Obama. This is one of three tiers to control and regulate the Internet. Sales taxes being the second and control over political content being the third. It would regulate the Internet just like the Russians do. The legislators, again the same, are aware of this and fighting it. It is the more conservative legislators that are seeking to protect free speech and protect the smaller businesses. The liberals, Rich, want everything tightly controlled and regulated by the government and support entitlements and socialism. That all works against free enterprise which has suffered a huge hit these last six years.
None of Donahue and Obama’s discussions have supported free enterprise. Donahue did what he could to increase earnings as much as possible (prior to returns) so we could walk away with $23 million. Donahue was in bed with Obama, meeting with him almost monthly. ebay are closet supporters of the Internet sales taxes. eBay has been quoting the the incorrect gross sales figure as $34 billion when it’s actually less than $2 billion by the time b2b is deducted. Bit difference – there’s nothing for the states to have. The $34 billion myth has rallied the governors around the Internet sales taxes.
I have noticed that ebay pulls money from people’s checking accounts rather than the selected credit card around earrings. Or before Donahue left. But again, would need an insider whistle blower.