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#2 Sep 6, 2013
Here are just a few of the issues at ebay that need to be investigated: It is ILLEGAL for a corporation to allow a glitch or malfunction (the automatic five-star on shipping DSR for instance) that adversely impacts a user (many of those "purged" were only out of compliance by 1 star) to continue for an extended period of time without fixing it (ebay did and has admitted this, see Ebay Drags Heels In Fixing Automatic Five-Star DSRs article by Ina Steiner). This is a BREACH of the user agreement that ebay has with the users affected by this. PAYPAL HOLDS; many (if not most) states do not allow a hold on funds of more than 10 days. Ebay has often slapped 21-day holds on sellers' PayPal funds. A Florida man contacted the banking regulators in his state, they contacted PayPal and got his funds released. Although PayPal is not a bank, it is a money transfer entity and as such falls under the banking regulators of each state. UNLEVEL PLAYING FIELD: As has been pointed out by many people in many threads, DSRs disproportionately impact and are used against small sellers while big box retailers such as TOYS R US remain essentially untouched. That's also ILLEGAL. Chinese sellers are actually being subsidized by the various programs in China that afford them a much lower shipping rate in shipping items to the UniteD States than U.S. sellers have in shipping to China. Chinese sellers are flooding ebay with items starting at rock bottom prices, effectively undercutting American ebay sellers. A good sharp legal mind needs to look at what's going on at ebay (including the user agreement). Attorney general's offices are very good at that sort of thing. Remember, I am not an attorney, but like many on ebay I am sharp enough to know when there are some things amiss.

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#3 Sep 7, 2013
From a post in an ebay discussion thread:“Tortious interference with business relationships occurs where the tortfeasor acts to prevent the plantiff from successfully establishing or maintaining business relationships. This tort may occur when a first party’s conduct intentionally causes a second party not to enter into a business relationship with a third party that otherwise would probably have occurred. Such conduct is termed tortious interference with prospective business relations, expectations, or advantage or with prospective economic advantage.”
Since the Cassini search is set up not to just to lower or drop listings but to actually BLOCK listings that it’s artificial intelligence has assumed will not result in a sale if shown to the buyer- than yes eBay’s (the first party) conduct is intentionally causing a buyer (the second party) not to enter into a business relationship with a seller (the third party).“

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