As a consumer, Yelp just can't e trusted. Despite the fact they state the do not remove reviews, the truth is they are removing reviews, possibly for profit.
In March, I hired a contractor to do work on my home. The work was unsatisfactory and so I left a 3 star review on Yelp for the contractor stating the truth about my experience. At the time, there were several other mediocre reviews, stating the same lack of professionalism. Today, I looked at the contrators Yelp page and suddenly, they have a 5 star rating. All less than 5 star reviews, including mine have been removed.
While I understand Yelp might remove untruthful reviews from competitors, mine was 3 star with facts, not a 1 star hit piece. Considering the contractor does jobs where consumers are at risk for thousands of dollars, it's inappropriate that Yelp would remove these reviews.
End of story, I would never, ever trust Yelp for honest appriaisal of contractors.
Not everybody with a store is a whale. There are plenty of hobbyist sellers of collectibles like comics, baseball cards, records, cds, books, magazines, postcards, toys who have built up stores with 1000-10000+ listings over many years of hard work. These are the type of items people originally flocked to eBay to purchase and these type of sellers built eBay.
Increased listing fees doesn't stop the flood of Chinese junk on eBay. They operate at a low profit margin with high volume and can justify the cost of an anchor store. If you look at the collectibles categories, the number of items listed has declined considerably but categories for smartphone cases, phone chargers, memory cards have become flooded with all the same Chinese knock-off junk you can find at the flea market.
I guess if you can read, you'd know this bill has no impact on small sellers, regardless if they're selling on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Bonanza or their own website.
It was tested in San Francisco, San Jose and New York. Future plans include Dallas and Chicago. Get your facts straight. Delivery is by bicycle messenger. This may work in a big city but it's hardly going to float in the suburbs.
In case you didn't figure out, what eBay gets is the transaction is paid for with Paypal. The goal being to increase the number of Paypal transactions even at a loss, so misinformed investors think Paypal is actually gaining ground.
Read the proposed bill. Merchants/Sellers who have less than $1 million in out-of-state sales are exempt from collecting tax. On the other hand, most of the Chinese mega sellers use a US address to have their listings in eBay's US site. Despite the fact they ship from China, they will be required to pay US taxes due to having a US based business location. This is why eBay CEO is lobbying against the bill. This bill actually levels the playing field for small and mom&pop sellers.
You've obviously never sold on eBay (much like eBay executives who dream up this nonsense). eBay buyers are cheap, cheap, cheap and complain about normal shipping charges !! There's no way eBay bottom feeders are going to pay for one hour delivery.
Think about it? A gallon of gas is $4, driver costs $7-$10 per hour. You're talking $10 per delivery in expenses alone. So I'd like to see the eBay shopper who is going to pay $15-$20 to get a $5 charger delivered in an hour?
You're delusional. eBay no longer has customer service reps in Utah. My sister-in-law used to work at the Utah call center but it has been shut down since 2012, so stop talking your nonsense.
All eBay customer service is outsourced to Asia reps as of 2012, regardless of TRS or Powerseller status.
Too bad Walmart already stated they were not allowing Paypal into their stores due to the fact the checkout process is slow, clunky and they don't see it as generating significant revenue.
You're another nutjob like that guy saying eBay should expand into social and barter. Where did you pull the 60% number from? Uranus? The largest segment of mobile payments are in the app space, people buying smartphone apps and in-app purchases. Completely owned by Google and Apple and there's no way ever, either of those companies will let Paypal stick their dirty fingers into that cash pie.
eBay is NOT a social company. They do everything in their power to keep buyers and sellers from communicating in a social manner, not to mention, how the heck do you make money off barter when no money is exchanged?
You watch too much television and are completely off your rocker.
Was thinking the same thing. Pretty ignorant to be talking bombs after what happened in Boston.
I seriously doubt eBay will be up or down by 10%+ tomorrow based on Q1 earnings report. You might see 2-3% gain or loss but that's about it.