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eBay Inc. is an American Internet company that manages eBay.com, an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell an incredibly wide variety of goods and services worldwide. A majority of the sales take place through a set-time auction format, but subsequent methods include a substantial segment of listings in the "Buy It Now" category. In addition to its original U.S. website, eBay has established localized websites in thirty other countries. eBay Inc. also owns PayPal, Skype, StubHub, Kijiji, and other businesses.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebay
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1 Feedback Policy Sellers cant give buyers bad feedback?
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2 Greed Too Many fees
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3 No refunds for faulty goods! Buyers beware!
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4 PayPal only policy Banned all other payment methods
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5 Never Boned Still rocks.
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6 Bubble Economics Everybody thought they can get rich on Ebay
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7 Got weird A girl was selling her virginity on there!
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8 DSR and Cassini feedback and search algorithm favors big sellers
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9 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 Ebay continues to drive out small and individual sellers with the Detail Sellers Report and Cassini. Cassini search algorithm is base on DSR and sell though rates that favors big mass sellers and Chinese knockoffs seller by giving them exclusive priority on best matches while at the same time not listing items from small and individual sellers in searches. -- Submitted By: (scatcatpdx) on March 31, 2014, 6:34 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Ebay is clearly is one of the things very wrong with making deals online. I prefer Craigslist to a degree, and never will touch EBay buy or sell. -- Submitted By: (Infyrin) on September 29, 2013, 4:46 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 eBay is laughing all the way to the bank. Screwed buyers and screwed sellers alike are the ones who pay for it. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 10, 2009, 2:54 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I've sold hundreds of items and only ever had an issue once. I have to agree that the seller has no rights. I shipped out an item, about five weeks later I get a message stating that the buyer was challenging the charge through VISA, which he used to make his PayPal payment. I had a USPS tracking number that showed the package had been delivered to the listed address. I could never even find out why the buyer was challenging the charge (never received it, wrong item, didn't make the purchase, etc). Needless to say, the money got refunded, I lost the merchandise AND PayPal charged me a $10 'investigation fee'. -- Submitted By: (rick283) on May 9, 2009, 10:55 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 The greatest Yard Sale on the face of this earth has become another box store. -- Submitted By: (Hikariu) on May 6, 2009, 6:15 am - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
6 In regards to the comment below me: you actually can't give a buyer bad feedback. It doesn't matter what a buyer does, a seller cannot give a buyer bad feedback. You can not pay me, threaten me, lie about stuff that you received, say that you didn't receive something, and if I don't have proof that I actually sent you something, as a seller, I can't do anything except in the non pay case, where I can ask ebay to pursue a payment for me. So far as the recourse you have as a buyer, generally when cases like this get investigated, the seller is expected to prove that they did indeed send the item, and if they can't, then it's assumed that the item was never sent. -- Submitted By: (castaghast) on May 3, 2009, 6:41 pm - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
7 If someone gives a seller bad feedback (even if they deserve it), they can retaliate against the person who gave the negative feedback. The fear of potential retaliation discourages people from making negative feedback against sellers who probably deserve it, effectively ensuring these sellers get mostly positive feedback, whether they deserve it or not. How is this going to protect potential buyers against unscrupulous sellers? -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 3, 2009, 2:18 pm - (-4 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Once again, multiple bonings apply. Fees and stupid customers are both valid reasons. 1) You won't quite understand how bad eBay gets you with fees until you realize that eBay and PayPal are the same, that eBay pretty much requires you to complete transactions in PayPal, that PayPal charges you fees on top of eBay as though they were a separate company, and that PayPal will charge you several times for doing the same thing. 2) As a seller, you have no protection. When you first look at the ebay policies, and see all the measures they have in place, you might think that this is a good thing for buyers and sellers, because they can report bad sellers without fear of retribution, and good sellers don't need to worry about getting bad ratings. However, if you're a buyer AND a seller, the truth comes out quickly: as a buyer, I've made about 60 purchases over the past two years. I've had _One_ instance where a seller tried to scam me to the point where I had to threaten to go to court to get my merchandise, and this was after 2 months of talking and exhausting every other method. In the same time period, I have sold about 50 items. 17 of them were non-pay's after extended periods (over 2 weeks), where I had to go to eBay to go after them for my money, or people complaining about mail transit time, expecting it to be unrealistic (IE complaining that the US Post office didn't mail them their 200 lb exercise bike in 1 day from Florida to Alaska when they selected First Class mail as opposed to Express or UPS...you can't mail such a thing 1st class, but that's an exaggerated example), or people complaining about issues that they were informed of through email or on my listing (IE complaining that an item arrived disassembled when I clearly stated in larger than normal print that the item will be disassembled for ease of shipping, or complaining that an item is using substitute parts in a refurbishing when I have stated that said item included substitute generic parts, and explained where they can find OEM parts if they so choose before they purchase), or non issues (IE the customer is just lying). The truth that you realize quickly is, as a buyer, you have a lot less to fear from being screwed over than as a seller. Market forces keep most sellers honest: a seller could rip people off, but one who wants to make a lot of money realizes that you're better off being honest, because they want a buyer and as many of their friends to come back to them as often as possible, as opposed to someone else. However a buyer doesn't really care who someone else sells to, so long as they can find one seller who will sell to them, which there always is. Word of mouth travels among sellers as well as buyers, but it's easier to get blacklisted as a bad seller than a bad buyer, even though there are probably more bad buyers than bad sellers. As it stands, there's little reason to sell on eBay unless you're using it to augment another business like selling at the flea market or selling at home. When you count in all the fees from eBay, PayPal, and shipping, it's hard to make a profit as it is, and when a customer makes a complaint, win or lose, YOU the seller pay for that complaint, as PayPal charges you for them having made that complaint, regardless of how unfounded it was, regardless of whether you were rectifying the problem, regardless of whether there was even a problem. It's so bad that technically, you can mail an item to someone, and someone can complain to PayPal that they didn't receive their item, virtually immediately after you sent it, and PayPal will freeze your account with them, take money out of it to investigate it, and blame you because the delivery service doesn't use teleporters to send packages. Even if they conclude that the buyer's complaint was ridiculous, they won't give you your money back for having investigated a BS claim. So yeah, eBay is one hell of a fish Fillet. -- Submitted By: (castaghast) on May 1, 2009, 10:49 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote

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