Hurricane Florence Survivor Flag “Kevin” Brings $10K On eBay

Old Glory Kevin On The Frying Pan Tower

Hurricane Florence Survivor USA Old Glory American Flag AKA “Kevin” that flew over the Frying Pan Tower auction brings $10,900 on eBay. A bit tattered and torn but like all who claim America to be home and are proud to do so, it still stands proud! Consider bidding on it to show your pride in America! The seller claims 100% of the sale proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. We are curious if the seller will get paid, since high profile eBay auctions often attract sport bidders.…

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eBay Managed Payments Opt-In Disables Accepting PayPal For Sellers

eBay Managed Payments Mucks Up PayPal

Here we go again.. Seems eBay decided they would handle the marketplace managed payments in house. Sellers opted in then discovered accepting PayPal was no longer possible. This reminds me of that Adyen payments debacle last month which prevented sellers from accepting PayPal. Maybe eBay Q3 earnings report will further flood the sinking ship. Execs will be abandoning ship! ๐Ÿ™„ From the eBay payments forum: Currently, signing up for Managed Payments means that your customers can no longer pay with Paypal, and Managed Payments will not handle Paypal payments until…

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eBay Ended: Bluegrass Vinyl Record HATEFUL & DISCRIMINATORY

Rebel Records Banned eBay

I’ve heard it all now. Seller who offers old vinyl records on eBay just had a listing ended for being Hateful & Discriminatory. Cut by Rebel Records. ๐Ÿ™ Further reading revealed eBay has gone political (Liberal Leftist Obviously.) They banned the confederate battle flag displayed on any item on the venue. Not allowed: Confederate battle flag and related items with its image Another inane eBay policy. The Civil War is part of our American History. There should be zero reason why a Confederate Flag on a old record is an…

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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. ๐Ÿ™ 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. ๐Ÿ™ 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! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ 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 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? ๐Ÿ™„ 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…

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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…

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eBay Employee Layoffs as New Price Match Rolls Out

eBay Layoffs 2018

eBay layoffs cut itโ€™s workforce by a so-called โ€œsingle digit percentageโ€ 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! ๐Ÿ™„ 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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eBay Buyer Return Shipping Fraud Another Seller Scammed

eBay Buyer Fraud Example

Another case of eBay buyer fraud recently surfaced. This seller sold a set of speakers. As it often happens the buyer claimed the item was defective. Seller paid for return shipping and received a small bubble-mailer envelope. When he opened the package it contained a pair of well worn smartphone earbuds. Fortunately this seller has mastered social media and has around 31k YouTube subscribers. The seller produced this video telling his story. He also used flash cards to break down the eBay and PayPal plus shipping fees. Obviously he’s rightfully…

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eBay Subdomains Hemorrhaging SEO Backlinks

search.ebay.com Dead Subdomain not redirected

Site changes have left these two subdomains unlinked from the sites DNS wasting oodles of previous back-links that could bring in sales. Even a hobbyist like Doc knows dead links are a no-no for serious webmasters. ๐Ÿ™„ “Firefox canโ€™t establish a connection to the server at search.ebay.com”. C’mon guys.. This is beginning webmaster SEO stuff. How can a major corporation such as our example here leave this subdomain un-redirected? Wildcard redirect to a page with a search box so shoppers can find what there looking for. Over the years there…

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Nightmare After Clicking On Webinterpret Promo Link

Webinterpret hacked my ebay account

According to this eBay store owner a Webinterpret promotional link offered assistance reaching buyers in international markets. The seller clicked it to learn what it was about – but claims he did not sign up for the offering. Maybe just clicking the link while being signed into his sellers account opted him in for their services? ๐Ÿ™ From the eBay stores community forum: Webinterpret hacked into my ebay account. They duplicated all of my listings 4-6 times each listing. My usual 200 live listings became over 1200 listings. Each listing…

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Seeking Alpha Article: eBay Time Is Running Out

eBay Earnings Report Q1 2018 Seeking Alpha

Make no mistake: eBay (EBAY) is heading for a wipeout in the not-too-distant future. The company’s latest Q1 results reveal a platform that’s struggling to be relevant to users. Poor forward-looking guidance indicates management’s future uncertainty. Published by Seeking Alpha’s Gary Alexander. “eBay shares have lost about 5% since posting disappointing Q1 results. But the company still sports a hefty $40 billion market cap. Anyone who can remember the fallout of Yahoo only a few years ago will recognize how hard Internet giants can stumble when they fall out of…

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PayPal Partner In Buyer Return Fraud With eBay Inc

PayPal ChargeBack NOT Safe For Sellers

Last week eBay announced it would be partnering with Adyen for marketplace payments. Doc wonders if PayPal is dumping eBay Inc because of marketplace buyer fraud? Doc has witnessed many consumers who lost large sums of money to PayPal ChargeBacks. Adyen probably has no idea what they are getting involved in leaping into bed with eBay Inc. Consumers are urged to trust PayPal for payments because it is safe. And it is safe 99% of the time for buyers on eBay marketplace. But PayPal is NOT SAFE for sellers who…

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eBay Ditching PayPal For Adyen Payments

eBay Chooses Adyen For Marketplace Payments Processor

Wonder what’s behind eBay dumping PayPal as it’s major payments processor? It is being reported Dutch company, Adyen will be the new payments processor for marketplace payments. Possibly PayPal is concerned about being a partner in eBay buyer return fraud? We’ve read horror stories about how sleazy eBay buyers are stealing money from eBay sellers in whats called return fraud. This kind of payments fraud goes something like this. Buyer purchases an iPhone from a new or occasional eBay seller. Seller ships item to buyer who either claims it did…

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Getting Even At Any Cost Revenge Smear Campaign

Revenge For Whistleblowing Corporate Fraud

Doc became the target of this revenge smear campaign after starting a motor vehicle specific consumer fraud awareness website. He was the 1st Tampa Bay Florida used car dealer to offer automobiles for sale on eBay back in 1999. Things were great back in 1999, but soon afterword scams and fraud started chipping away at the founders cornerstone of trust. European fraudsters soon were listing non-existent cars for sale at too-good to-be-true prices. Trusting community members were losing their money left and right. Doc started a website to educate potential…

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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…

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Deeply Buried Motor Vehicle Fraud Awareness Search Keywords

EBMS Blog Search Position

Valuable Motor Vehicle Specific Consumer Fraud Awareness information and good advice deeply buried in Google search index. It’s who you know in corporate America that matters! This article and included narrated screen video is a good example what happened when Doc blogged damaging negative information about eBay INC. We recently published this screen video of our webmaster tools search placement key-phrases, sorted by highest search position. ๐Ÿ™ After over 13 years online – we’re not ready to give up on this website yet! Buying a car online? Check out Doc’s…

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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…

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