Restoring Community Values & Trust Will Make eBay Great Again

eBay Community Founders Statement 1996

Back in 1999 Doc started building his reputation as an eBay seller. He offered quality Florida retiree used car trade-ins. eBay provided an exciting new way to sell used cars worldwide and was a huge hit. New markets were created where there were none. He shipped some cars he sold and other delivery’s were what he advertised as fly-in drive-home. Buyers would fly to his local airport and Doc would pick them up. Drive to the car lot and do the paperwork, then issue a temporary tag. This process took…

eBay TRUST & Community Values Are Long Gone

phillips berlina coupe eaby

Community Values and Trust made selling vehicles work so well on eBay back in the beginning, but has since then faded into distrust. We start today’s article and video with a thread on eBay Motors Forum where a buyer sent $25,500 to a seller for this 1981 Phillips Berlina Coupe (171004703535). The buyer claims the seller lied through his teeth, and the car needs $5-6k in repairs just to be able to drive and get it registered. Folks, there is little if any Trust or for that matters Community within…

What Happened To CarGiGi After Being Acquired By eBay?

cargigi ebay acquisition

Car marketing platform CarGiGi was unknown to me until yesterday when another blogger mentioned it in an email. The domain who-is cargigi.com shows it’s owned by eBay Inc. However as of today the website url is returning a 404 not found error. According to this TechCrunch article on 03/15/2016 eBay acquired CarGiGi to replace it’s Motors division’s Dealer Center. The company says that it’s interested in using the technology Cargigi developed to help onboard auto dealers’ inventory onto eBay’s website. In addition to replacing eBay’s own Dealer Center product, Cargigi…

As eBay Marketplace Rots Execs Dump StubHub Raising Needed Cash

ebay marketplace rots

As eBay Marketplace Rots execs this week dumped StubHub generating much needed cash. It’s absolutely mind blowing that corporate execs totally wrecked this once top brand name. Used merchandise was once eBay’s niche market that nobody could compete with. Execs threw it all away chasing Amazon’s tail. As long as I’ve been watching eBay’s marketplace rot away, it’s doubtful it can ever be revived. 😥 eBay said Monday it has reached a deal to sell event-ticketing business StubHub to ticket reseller Viagogo for $4.05 billion. The Geneva-based Viagogo said the…

How To Leave Deserved Negative eBay Feedback Without Removal

deserved negative ebay feedback

How To Leave Deserved Negative eBay Feedback. A lot has changed with eBay in the 20+ years since Doc started selling used cars on the platform. Feedback was the cornerstone back then, but since then is alleged to be manipulated. This blog post is about buying automobiles on eBay motors. It’s also about how to leave justified negative feedback if the seller lies or the buyer feels defrauded. Do it right so negs will not be removed! In February 1996, when eBay was just 6 months old, the Community had…

eBay Shakeup As CEO Resigns Company Considers Asset Sale

ebay shakeup

An eBay shakeup has execs considering selling off it’s assets, and it’s CEO suddenly steps down. Doc has to wonder if years of distrust has finally done the once wunderkind of eCommerce in. Whatever happened to the good old fun profitable days! 😥 From CNBC: eBay announced Wednesday that Devin Wenig is stepping down as president and CEO and the company is moving forward with the potential sale of assets. Devin has been a tireless advocate for driving improvement in the business, particularly in leading the Company forward after the…

eBay The Biggest Lemon On Wall Street Lost It’s Way

eBay Corporate HQ Draper

Whatever happened to the good old days when eBay was a trusted household brand name? Trust and community values were eBay Inc cornerstone. Today the once wunderkind of cyberspace plods ahead desperately trying to find it’s way. Gary Alexander of Seeking Alpha published this article on 04/25/2019 laying eBay as an investment out in detail line by line and paragraph by paragraph. I find investors’ enthusiasm on this decaying name quite confusing. eBay and its management team have a gift of making their no-growth situation appear attractive to investors, even…

eBay Q2 Guidance Disappoints Wall Street

eBay Q2 Guidance Disappoints Wall Street

eBay once again disappointed wall street after Q2 earnings fizzled. Imagine how bad #EBAY earnings would be if they were not profiting from buyer fraud? 🙄 I remember back in the beginning when trust and strong community values made eBay a vibrant successful community. I remember selling quality rust free southern used cars to other powersellers. That’s how eBay worked so well in it’s early days. These days eBay trust and community values are long gone disappointing wall street! In the mid 2000’s eBay trust started fading. Scammers were literally…

Sick Of eBay Pandering To Scamming Buyers

Extorting Buyers Neg Defenseless Sellers On eBay

Another seller preaches to the crowd how he is being defrauded as scamming buyers are pandered to by eBay. Everyday there’s more buyer fraud going down! It is said credit card companies are to blame. When buyers do not get refunds they chargeback via their credit card company. Anyway ya look at it sellers are being shafted and eBay laughs all the way to the bank! Also I’ve read in INR and SNAD cases where buyers are refunded eBay does not return the sellers final value fee. Doc believes buyers…

eBay Motors The Junk Car Dumping Ground

Junk Car Being Transported To New Owner

Buying a used car on eBay motors or elsewhere on the net? As a rule used car junk heaps end up advertised on the net because nobody will buy one locally. Doc advises to have an internet car inspected. Otherwise what you receive may be a junk heap. 😥 I was somewhat bored and decided to visit eBay motors community forum. There was a topic where an eBay member bought an older car (1992 Something) he didn’t specify what. The buyer admitted he did not have the car inspected first…

eBay CEO Tells Used Car Dealers How To Sell Automobiles

Devin Wenig eBay Motors Offering From Yesterday

This long time Motors used car dealer sent a letter to eBay CEO Devin Wenig complaining about low sales on the site. He was told how to sell used cars properly on the website. Back in the beginning it was Trust and Community Values that made selling automobiles work so great on eBay Motors. But it’s our opinion that years of raw deals and fraud has reduced this niche venue to that of a common classified website. The seller in question is one of eBay’s original top used car dealers…

eBay Seller TopsAndWheels Defrauds Car Buyers

eBay Seller TopsAndWheels Defrauded Used Car Buyers

eBay Used Car Seller TopsAndWheels AKA Tropical Automotive, operated by Lisandra Gutierrez, listed as the business owner, and her husband, Anthony Zafarino, face multiple fraud and grand theft charges, including aggravated white collar crime. The couple is accused of raking in approximately $300,000 from lenders, a partnering car dealer and unsuspecting car buyers across the country looking for an online deal. As investigators delved into the case last summer, they noted 33 complaints against Tropical Automotive logged with the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. Fleeced buyers came from…

Bad Car Dealers All eBay Cares About Is Seller’s Fees

eBay Inc Bad Seller

Whatever Happened To eBay Trust And Community Values? It’s our opinion all that matters to eBay Inc is their sellers fees! We have blogged about this eBay Motors car dealer seller twice before. The seller is alleged to be have been suspended (NARU in eBay speak) but comes back again and again and again. And is allowed to freely register new sellers accounts. Once again we suggest eBay enable ID Verify for vehicle sellers that are new and have no track record. Doc went through the ID Verify process back…

Is eBay CEO John Donahoe Worth His Paycheck?

eBay CEO John Donahoe

Has John Donahoe Earned His Huge Paycheck As CEO Of eBay Inc? And does he deserve that humongous $23 Million Golden Handshake when leaving the eBay Marketplace? Lots of small perfectly good sellers who were suspended during John Donahoe’s big push to court name brands most likely don’t think so. How many small perfectly good eBay sellers lost their livelihood? Homes? Cars? Etc? when tossed out of eBay by John Donahoe? I used to think Meg Whitman was a bad CEO when she ignored the huge amount of car scams…

eBay Cash Register Goes Ka-ching Deadbeat Bidder

Another eBay Deadbeat Bidder

Another eBay Zero Feedback Member cost this Harley Davidson motorcycle seller $125.00. eBay loves scammers and deadbeat bidders that win auctions or click unprotected buy-now listings. Their cash register goes ka-ching and sends the seller an email congratulating them for a successful transaction. At that time the seller is charged a successful transaction service fee. For this sellers Harley Davidson 281368304356 it’s $125.00 fee! From the eBay Motors Forum: Wondering if anyone has had something like this happen to them. I had my Harley Davidson up for auction, with only…

10 Years Watching eBay Car Scams & Auction Fraud

Medved eBay Auction Chart 03/05/2007

Summary of 10 years watching eBay Auction Fraud and Used Car Scams. Buyers and Sellers were conned out of their money by slick talking fraudsters and bad sellers. These observations destroyed buyer and seller trust and well established community values. It is Doc’s belief, had Meg Whitman taken a stand against fraud and misrepresentation back in eBay’s early days, they could have nipped their auction fraud problem in the bud. But obviously corporate insiders were more interested in stuffing their pockets full of cash. Rather than working on long-term-goals that…

Is The eBay Motors Community Forum Needed

Is ebay motors forum needed?

eBay Motors forum was once very popular. The combined knowledge of all the forum participants in their respective automotive fields, could never be found anywhere else in the world. It was a success story within itself. This forum was a regular hangout where folks greeted each other daily. eBay members with vehicle related questions got the advice they needed. And many newbie forum participants became full time participants, and the tiny forum grew and grew and grew. But that was then ~ And this is now. Just like eBay Motors…

Review Of eBay Kuwait Export Car Buyer Fraud

Kuwait eBay Motors Car Buyer Scammed Website Traffic From Kuwait

Today I noticed a lot of website traffic from Kuwait looking at an article i wrote back in March 2013 about a Kuwaiti export car buyer that was scammed out of $23K on eBay Motors. eBay Motors Management has no idea the huge amount of damage negative publicity like this does to their export car buying marketplace They refuse to verify vehicle sellers and allow anyone to set up an account and list an expensive motor vehicle for sale with no validation whatsoever. It’s my personal opinion that with John Donahoe,…

Restoring eBay Trust Using ID Verify & Ad Hoc

Birmingham Man Scammed eBay BMW

It is our opinion that enabling ID Verify for any eBay Vehicle Seller that is either NEW or has not established a selling track record, is a must to stop scammers listing non existent cars and ripping buyers off. Vehicles are the most costly scams on eBay! One car scam listing can net fraudsters many thousands of dollars! One eBay member has came up with an excellent idea to form ad hoc committees for all major categories in eBay. This would work by having volunteer specialists that know the product being sold…

eBay Motors Is Now A Common Vehicle Classified

eBay Motors Mobile Buying Experience

eBay Motors appears to have become just another common everyday automotive classified website. Without the community values and trust the venue was founded on it’s flatlining. From this eBay Motors forum post: I won a vehicle Tuesday. I contacted the seller and we scheduled for me to fly up to NC the next day and give him CASH. After flying out at 5:30 am, arriving there at 8:30, renting a rental car, i start blowing up his phone. He finally calls back at 9:30 saying I need cash NOW in…