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…

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Why Are eBay Stores Redirecting To Home Page

Smartphone eCommerce

When browsing a webpage on my smartphone then clicking a link to view a sellers eBay store i was redirected to the home page. I’m wondering why this happened? The same link clicked on a desktop pc went to the store like it should. Are eBay stores not mobile friendly like the feedback profiles i blogged about? Why does ebay.com have so many site errors? Just like these two subdomains were left unlinked. It’s bad enough to leave oodles of backlinks ignored that when clicked return site dns errors. What…

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Non Responsive eBay Site Pages Obsolete Hurt Sales

Non Mobile Compatible eBay Page

Recently when reading a blog post on my smartphone, I clicked to view a sellers eBay feedback and was shocked the page was not mobile friendly. The feedback page was nearly impossible to read unless flipping my phone sideways. Considering today’s shoppers who do most of their everyday tasks via their smartphones this is another big eBay goof. Like those un-linked sub-domains I blogged about last year. It was often said back in eBay’s earlier days when Meg Whitman was the ceo, the venues code was held together with bailing…

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Never Accept PayPal Payment For Motor Vehicles

PayPal Reversal Used Car

After taking a drive over to eBay’s selling forum, a poster claimed he sold his car on eBay Motors, and accepted PayPal for payment that was reversed. It’s a tough loss because PayPal does not cover motor vehicles. He took an initial PP $1,000 deposit, and “friends and family” sent him the balance, also by PayPal. 😥 The topic so far has 22 replies with some misinformation. The car is not stolen because the seller accepted electronic payment (PayPal.) This turns the transaction into a civil matter where the seller…

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Long Time Respected eBay Motors Used Car Dealers Are Leaving eBay

Grove Automotive Group

Another respected used car dealer gives up on eBay Motors, that’s no longer the profitable niche venue it used to be. Deadbeat bidders are not required to pay according to site policy. High fees with few sales have forever killed this once top car peddling site. 🙁 I’ve known this guy since the good old days. He has a satisfaction guarantee like no other. He built a solid reputation selling the finest older motor vehicles back when the motors site had it’s credibility and trust, that’s forever long gone. Partial…

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Motors Used Auto Parts Seller Sick Of Dealing With eBay

Used Auto Parts On Rack

This post on the selling forum tells the story of an early eBay used auto parts seller. He tells how his auto recycling business expanded over the years, but now dreads what he used to love. It’s all about the buyer and the hell with sellers! From the selling forum partial: It saddens me to do this but as of yesterday I’ve made up my mind to no longer choose to sell on eBay full time. I have been doing so since I was 18 (almost 30 now) and it…

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Whatever Happened To Cappnonymous eBay Critic Blogger

Cappnonymous LOL Graphic

Cappnonymous was probably the best eBay critic blogger since 2006, but hasn’t been heard from since around 2014. He had a way of impaling John Donahoe and others with very damaging blog posts and videos. His YouTube channel was chock full with damaging eBay dirty laundry, but now is gone! 😥 This post is dedicated to Cappnonymous who regularly revealed eBay ‘code oops moments’ as hackers (Vladuz and others) phished site shoppers with alarming hacks and cracks. He was especially good at screen-capturing the methods hackers used to breach eBay…

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1962 VW Bus Owned By Mike of American Pickers Auction

1962 Volkswagen Vanagon

Mike Wolfe is auctioning his 1962 Volkswagen Dual Side Door Microbus on eBay Motors. Bidding is up to $30K as of this post with 2d 22hrs to go. Seems like a lot of money to me, but others on the site are in similar price range. It needs restoration but the basics are in good condition especially the floor-pans. Here is the item number 132865784088 if anyone wants to check it out. He has a slew of photos of the vanagon / microbus on the listing. The market must have…

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Opting Into eBay Adyen Payments Beta Denies PayPal

eBay PayPal Divorce Effects Sellers Adyen Beta

eBay sellers opting into Adyen Payments beta can not opt-out of the test. Sellers also are unable to accept PayPal during Adyen beta. Looks like the divorce could get ugly! eCommercebytes reporting adds some credibility to this rumor. ‘There’s some good news and bad news for sellers, but so far eBay is not releasing details publicly. The biggest drawback is that buyers will not be able to use PayPal to pay sellers participating in the test. A provision that a reader told us he believed would negatively impact sales.’ I’m…

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eBay Loses Seller Images In Yet Another Glitch

eBay Photo Images GTC Glitch

Once again eBay proves it’s a data dump. Sellers are saying when good til cancelled (GTC) listings auto-renewed their photos were gone, and are unrecoverable. 🙁 It’s been said for many years that eBay databases were held together with redirects and patches. With all the glitches the eCommerce giant has been experiencing it must be true. Tutorial video: How to recover lost images from Google or Bing / Yahoo cache. From Tamebay: eBay has emailed many of the sellers impacted apologizing and offering 200 free insertion fee credits to use…

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eBay No FVF Credit On SNAD Mediation Plus 4% Penalty

Savvy buyers looking for free merchandise flock to eBay file snad cases

As the once mighty ship eBay Inc takes on water – company execs are tossing sellers overboard to save themselves. Savvy buyers looking for free merchandise flock to eBay. Inept policies they enacted have become a monster gobbling up sellers final value fee credits on SNAD mediation. September a 4% penalty will be added. 🙁 On top of sellers loosing FVF refunds in SNAD cases eBay will tack on another 4% penalty fee in September. This new policy gives eBay further incentive to side with buyers on item not as…

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Seller Loses $6500 Embroidery Machine To Buyer Fraud

Seller loses $6500 embroidery machine buyer fraud eBay

This seller states he sold a $6500 embroidery machine on eBay and shipped to buyer. As it often happens buyer filed an Item Not as Described (SNAD) claim. Seller issued a return shipping label but when embroidery machine was returned an old machine was in the box. It’s yet another example of eBay buyer fraud! 😥 From the selling community forum: I recently sold a BRAND NEW $6500 embroidery machine. The customer had the machine for 2-3 days then opened a NOT AS DESCRIBED case. I sent return FedEx label…

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eBay Employee Layoffs as New Price Match Rolls Out

eBay Layoffs 2018

eBay layoffs cut it’s workforce by a so-called “single digit percentage” which may not sound like a lot. But even a single digit percentage is a lot when you have over 14,000 employees around the world. Apparently their bottom line is hurting! 🙄 As the layoff word spread through cyberspace – eBay rolled out a new best price feature. The new feature offers a 110% price guarantee. It’s not clear yet who will pony up the difference if a better price is found elsewhere. Further info on eBay’s announcement page.…

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Problems Reported With eBay My Garage Feature

Topic

eBay my garage is reportedly having problems according to the motors community forum. Members are saying they are unable to remove vehicles from their eBay my garage. Another says “Something went wrong. We’re sorry.” according to the poster. Apparently from what I’m reading the feature was upgraded. Don’t they beta test new features before rolling out to the public? I’m thinking its more like the buyers / sellers and community is the beta testers. 😆 Doc remembers back in 2012 when eBay first offered their my vehicles feature. They spent…

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eBay Removes Vehicle Mileage From Search Queries

Example CarGurus Vehicle Listing Mileage Included

After taking a drive over to eBay Motors community forum, this topic caught my eye. Mileage of Vehicle not Displayed in Search Results Any More. Doc read the topic and decided to do a comparison between eBay and CarGurus. Recently Ebay removed the mileage of a vehicle from the search results page so now you have to go into the actual listing to see the mileage. When Ebay doesn’t enforce accurate mileage in listings and will allow listings of used vehicles of 0, you now literally have 100s of listings…

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eBay SEO For Organic “FREE” Search Indexing

eBay SEO placement in organic search

Is it possible to Search Engine Optimize an eBay Sellers Listing so it is easily accessible via external Google or Bing organic (free) search? This topic has been been getting some attention lately, as some eBay sellers are concerned why their auctions and buy now listings are not appearing in Google search. eBay sellers item text descriptions are displayed on the seller’s item page. But are physically embedded in whats called an inline frame. This is what’s commonly referred to as an iFrame among seo’s. An iFrame is a web…

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eBay Removing Archived Dirty Laundry Forum Posts

eBay Pinkslap Award

It seems that eBay is hell bent on keeping it’s members thinking they are safe, by controlling the discussions on their community forums Recently there have been reports of pulled current topics and posts, with the poster receiving the famous “eBay pink slap” and even permanent discussion posting banishment. Rather than fix the fundamental problems with the website, eBay apparently prefers to hide (or attempts to hide) good information that would benefit both buyers and sellers, in the format of archived eBay forums discussion posts that were easily found by…

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