Media Bias Favors Ebay

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NewsFlash

United States

#1 Dec 22, 2013
From the poster StockMiser on a PowerSellersUnite discussion board: "Investigative journalism" idea has been thrown about for years.

This is why is hasn't happened:

1 - Although Ebay sellers are technically ebay "consumers", the media is only interested in "ordinary consumers" - which we call "buyers".

2 - Most anti-ebay stories have historically been about ebay sellers scamming buyers. Ebay sellers are almost always seen as the villains.

3 - Ebay tells the media about all the "safeguards" they have put in place to protect them. Ebay is the hero.

4 - Ebay sellers ("the villans") complaining that ebay ("the hero") is being unfair because the rules are too strict gets a "ahh, the poor stay-at-home profiteer scammers are upset" reaction from the media.

The last time I can remember a seller-initiated media campaign resulted in no big story, but a nice little story (probably ebay-fed) about some buyers scammed by some sellers, and how ebay helped them out.

The morale, IMHO, is the media is NOT a friend, and never has been a friend, of the ebay seller. THe end result of all these stories is "Ebay really needs to keep a better eye on those evil sellers, and if they don't, we need stricter laws".

Ebay is always painted as the enabler of stay-at-home moms and dads, creative crafters, and entrepreneur housewives. Anyone having a problem with Ebay is always a scamming lying thief that needs to be kicked off ebay.

A seller purge? KUDOS to Ebay, the protector of the Consumer, Hero of the public good. Damn, they need a tax break!

Do you REALLY want to alert the media?"

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#2 Dec 22, 2013
It does.
Until they become 'other', the impersonal, successful giants. Then that same media will be bias against. Happened with Amazon and Google. Amazon being a direct competitor of Ebay. Something in that no doubt.
SocialMedia

United States

#3 Dec 27, 2013
Here's a new open Facebook group, Former Ebay Sellers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/formerebaysel...

Since: Nov 13

Sydney, Australia

#4 Dec 27, 2013
Shill bidding fraud is endemic on nominal-start auctions by professional sellers on eBay, and eBay Inc. is demonstrably the greatest knowing and calculated facilitator of such fraud on consumers that the world is ever likely to know, and I expect there will be a trickle down effect of like criminal activity to all other eBay operations ...

The ugly reality of eBay Inc.:
eBay's crooked auctions marketplace ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas
eBay Motors: Auction Fraud Galore … http://bit.ly/I2gTEU
eBay's clunky, unscrupulous "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
Webstore Doctor

Tel Aviv, Israel

#5 Dec 29, 2013
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SocialMedia

United States

#6 Dec 29, 2013
SocialMedia

Fort Worth, TX

#7 Dec 30, 2013
From a poster called JohnnyMax on a PowerSellersUnite forum: "Personally, I think one day eBay will get theirs. It may start with something like insider trading by execs, which leads to some of them turning over to save their hides and bringing forth information of other illegal activities that have been going on for years, things will then just start to snowball. Internet companies do not have a terribly long life. One day, eBay will fall. If it happened to Rome, it can happen to eBay."

Since: Nov 13

Sydney, Australia

#8 Dec 31, 2013
I notice that the eBay trolls are still hard at work marking comments they disagree with as "spam". I wonder why they don't simply respond to the negative comments with something positive? Probably can't find anything positive to say about eBay. Well, I can ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas
NetNews

Wills Point, TX

#9 Jan 1, 2014
There's a new OPEN group on Facebook called Former Ebay Sellers and everyone is welcome to visit, join and post their experiences, opinions, and comments regarding ebay: https://www.facebook.com/groups/formerebay sellers/

Since: Nov 13

Sydney, Australia

#10 Jan 3, 2014
[Bain’s] Tom Tierney said,“Donahoe, you idiot. You don’t need to quit, we will find a way to make it work.” He assigned me to a local client so I could consult and take care of the kids.—John Donahoe (2013)...

Donahoe has not demonstrated that same consideration for the many small merchants that made eBay the great marketplace that it used to be and who rely on eBay to support their families—indeed, the very opposite has been the case …
EbayUnrest

United States

#12 Feb 7, 2014
Come join the social media backlash against ebay! Come join us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/formerebaysel...
SellerBacklash

Van, TX

#15 Oct 31, 2014
From the Facebook group Former Ebay Sellers this morning: "In 12 parts series Yahoo finance explains why ebay sales are declining. There is a lot of blah blah blah about google search, password theft and database optimization and other fiascos that ebay is facing. However they failed to mention one very important factor and that is ebay sellers relationship. It is just amazing to me how major media is continuing to ignore the facts and they are building towers of theories based on data that ebay feeds them. What happened to investigative journalism? It used to be the height of a journalist's career. But now it appears that no one care for it. It just a darn shame.
Ebay Corp is untouchable

Old Forge, NY

#16 Oct 31, 2014
Ebay corporation has been run for years by blue collar criminals that have been paying off the government and regulators so they'll turn their head the other way. And it worked. No politicians or lawyers would ever have the courage to stand up to ebay, even if you found one honest one. Politics as usual.

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