A New Golden Age for Media?
Some are investing in it-most bounteously, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who bought The Washington Post for $250 million, and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, who has pledged the same amount to his new First Look Media; but also the executives at Disney-owned ESPN in Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, those at Vox Media in Ezra Klein's planned wonkipedia, a ... (more)
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Since: Nov 13
#1 Apr 16, 2014
Frankly, I don't care what Pierre Omidyar does with his money but if he had any principles he would instruct eBay Inc. to cease its demonstrable, knowing and calculated facilitation of massive auction fraud on the consumers of the world. And, I suppose that it would be too much to expect that Omidyar’s “investigative” journalists might take a look at and report on eBay’s demonstrable criminal activities?
Fraud is endemic on eBay "nominal-start" auctions ...
If you try to buy anything at a “nominal-start” auction on any eBay website, you need to take great care ...
Shill bidding fraud by professional sellers on eBay “nominal-start” auctions is demonstrably endemic; where you see bidders bidding early and often on such auctions they will most likely be sellers' shills, and eBay Inc. is the greatest knowing and calculated facilitator of such fraud on consumers that the world is ever likely to know - also demonstrably - and, doubtless, only the most naïve will believe that there will not be a trickle down effect of like criminal activity to other eBay operations ...
The ugly reality of eBay Inc.:
eBay's crooked auctions marketplace ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas
eBay Motors (UK sampling): Auction Fraud Galore ... http://bit.ly/I2gTEU
eBay Motors XSS Redirect Scams in Action: video ... http://bit.ly/1d46NvE
Barclays Bank–eBay/Gumtree Motors Scams … http://bit.ly/1c9Uwck
eBay's clunky, unprincipled "PreyPal" ... http://bit.ly/UVXx53
The ongoing joke of eBay Inc.... http://bit.ly/YvxFEg
Fun quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA
Having now further anonymised buyers’ IDs in its Feedback Forum, the only thing that surprises me about, this lazy, greedy, utterly unscrupulous, criminal operator, eBay, is that they have not yet summoned up the gall to even further obscure all this endemic shill bidding fraud—that it knowingly facilitates—by converting its auctions wholly to its optional, devious, seller-selected, "private listing" format, or by changing bidding IDs to "Bidder 1", "Bidder 2", "Bidder 3", etc, as they initially were going to do/did when Johnny Ho first introduced the additional layer of anonymity for (shill) bidders in 2008, nor have they yet ceased to publish the details of "completed" listings, a post-sale analysis of which, with some effort, can clearly demonstrate this endemic fraud, and eBay's calculated facilitation thereof, on the consumers of the world ...
And what does the "smart money" on Wall Street think about eBay? Well, in August 2007, when the "Pain From Bain", Johnny Ho, was already effectively in control of eBay, the share prices of eBay and Amazon were both ~$40; recently eBay is ~$54; Amazon is ~$322. Clearly, Wall Street considers eBay to be a "dog", and Johnny Ho to be a very poor dog handler ...
One has to wonder if Omidyar has ever thought about just how much more fabulously wealthy he might now have been had he not ok'd the handing over of the control of eBay to the delusional, destructive, incompetent, unscrupulous, narcissistic, sociopathic Johnny Ho? Indeed, had he, in August 2007, traded in the ~108 million eBay shares, that he still holds today, for shares in Amazon, instead of ~$6 billion, his worth would now have been ~$38 billion! Now that, surely, is something for all of eBay's long-suffering "long" investors to think about, is it not?...
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