I admit that I've heard the debate from the front and am replying to something
further in the past.
My wife put something in her shopping basket and it was conveniently sent out
fairly quickly even though she thought she had actually canceled the
transaction. We are stuck with a TIVO type 2 which does not seem to work
with antenna systems.
Quoting Christopher Blackmon <ckblackm@...
> My biggest problem as a seller is how easy it has become for a buyer to jerk
> around/defraud sellers: One sided feedback, no verification of buyers,
> multiple NPB's to be disqualified,
> 45 days to return items - regardless of your individual TOS, buyer can take
> as much time as they wish to pay, paypal almost always siding with buyers, no
> more solicitation of paper
> payments... the list goes on... just check out the seller central board on
> ebay... lots of stories on there.
> From: Bill Degnan <billdeg@...>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 12:40:18 PM
> Subject: re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Another first laptop on eBay - Vintage
> Data General One Model 2 - 1st Laptop Computer!
> > This is something I was trying to point out on Friday -- eBay sucks.
> > It's gone haywire. Everybody now posts crap trying to sell it like
> > gold. And the only sellers left are professional "power sellers" who
> > have computer recycling centers and are selling crap they buy by the
> > pound as scrap for $499 a pop.
> There are many who agree with you about Ebay. I would add that most power
> sellers used to have their own web sites, now they just use Ebay instead.
> In other words, people who had been trying to sell items at higher retail
> prices elsewhere have almost all migrated to Ebay. You just didn't know
> about them as much. That does not make Ebay itself a bad thing. The
> incredible cost savings of letting Ebay be your business web site is
> irresistible. Ebay has made small business competitive with larger
> outfits, it's an excellent playing field leveler...now what sellers do with
> this opportunity is another thing!
> I am in the web design business since 1995. It's almost impossible today
> to have an eCommerce web site on the cheap, the small sellers are all
> migrating to Ebay and Amazon because they can't afford the overhead of
> programming, secure keys, security programming, design, etc. This has had
> an impact on my business, and our focus has for the past three years moved
> to larger clients who can afford professional level web services.
> Small power sellers pay the same amount for a warehouse regardless of what
> they put in it, and they pick a price and wait, it does not matter as much
> if the item sells quickly, no extra cost to them. If you want Ebay to
> return to what it was, it ain't going to happen. Use craigslist.com
> instead, if you prefer the flea market approach. I think that people
> underestimate the amount of programming and support Ebay puts into their
> web site, and complain about it. You're mad at the road and not the
> driver, if you get my meaning. You can complain about fees, but believe me
> someone else would have taken their place by now. There are 50 competitors
> to Ebay, and none of them even come close in volume or products. Nothing
> against those who don't like Ebay personally, but I believe that part of
> this animosity is due to a lack in understanding of the web services market
> of which I am a veteran and quite experienced.
> I have sold thousands of dollars of stuff on Ebay, and aside from my
> Commodore poster, I almost always set the starting price at $1.00. I find
> that I get a better selling price that way. I have the old Ebay spirit,
> and it works. I think that the power sellers, some of them anyway, are
> stupid too from an economic standpoint.