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stoptheinsanity2000 44 posts  |  Last Activity: Feb 17, 2015 3:11 PM Member since: Jul 21, 1999
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  • stoptheinsanity2000 stoptheinsanity2000 Feb 17, 2015 3:11 PM Flag

    "What's being said in a social media group: POSTER #1: Very good questions. Ebay's algorithm "hiding" of small sellers items seems to involve "rolling blackouts" in which one's items are only visible to a specific region or area of the country for brief periods of time, resulting in a "geographical clustering" of whatever sales you may get.

    POSTER #2: I see long periods of time go between sales, then several will roll in at the same time. Then it stops again. Like they turn me on and off. I had long suspected exactly the things you are talking about, but never had any proof.
    POSTER #3: My god am i glad i found this group! I can't tell you how many times over the past 3 years i've spent hours & hours on the phone with ebay reps explaining this what I called "cycle" of sales... 2 days nothing then clusters of sales... I'm now wishing I had paid attention to where the items sold to... I think from this point on I start charting every sale."

  • Many US based Ebay sellers are reporting a recent dramatic drop in sales. Many believe Ebay is imposing rolling blackouts to their Ebay stores. Store traffic is down, sales are erratic. Many sellers are reporting, the typical remedy of adding more listings is NOT working. Some say their sales slowdowns may be attributed to massive listings by import sellers who typically sell KNOCK OFF products. This massive influx of import listings, many duplicates under multiple Ebay ID, causes sellers of genuine products listings to be obscured.

  • The customer has not paid...even sent us an e-mail letting us know they were not going to pay, stating they clicked "buy-it-now" by mistake. it's been three weeks now...we have no FVF credit and we can't even ask for it....C'MON!!!!!

  • The customer asked us if he could return an item. We told him, no problem, just send the item back and he will receive a full refund including his original shipping. Well, apparently he wants us to pay his return shipping, even though our listing clearly states "BUYER PAYS RETURN SHIPPING", so now he opened a case? We offered a full refund according to Ebay's guarantee, apparently that doesn't matter, Ebay needs to review his claim for the return shipping? Why? Ebay shouldn't let the buyer open a case if we agreed to a full refund. WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE???? ...... and I suppose we will get a Defect for this too?

  • this past week up to today...We've garnered one sale this weekend on Ebay with more than 3000 items available in our Ebay store.......That's not say the least!

  • stoptheinsanity2000 stoptheinsanity2000 Oct 19, 2014 1:11 PM Flag

    It's not competition if Ebay owns Magento. It's control and destroy. If they didn't own it then it definitely would be competition. EBay acquired Magento for over $180 Million but in the process Magento executives went to great lengths to avoid paying out employees who helped built the company in the years prior to the eBay takeover. As a result, they created a few disgruntled former employees. Magento is something to look at and learn from, but I wouldn't recommend using it because it appears Ebay has screwed it up, as expected.

  • stoptheinsanity2000 stoptheinsanity2000 Oct 19, 2014 11:22 AM Flag

    It's in the works, but still no simple App to tie it together...check out "Magento" to see some of what's been done so far.

  • stoptheinsanity2000 stoptheinsanity2000 Oct 19, 2014 8:40 AM Flag

    Besos has balls.....the guy who started Ebay sold out. But selling on Amazon is not going to work out for most Amazon third party sellers in the long run because Amazon controls it. I believe the open source community is ultimately going to provide the tools to bring back what once existed with Ebay, and very likely even better. A seller will pay a nominal hosting fee for space on the net to list their items, no commissions. There will be a free e-commerce search engine. You will still need a payment service though, so Paypal and others will likely live on.

  • stoptheinsanity2000 stoptheinsanity2000 Oct 18, 2014 10:13 AM Flag

    They don't want you to improve your sales. The current management is in place to neutralize the full potential of a universally known e-commerce site originally designed to match up buyers and sellers. The management's job is to make sure this thing known as "Ebay" does not get out of hand and drive corporate interests around the world into the ground. K-mart was filing for bankruptcy, Sears was close to it and Walmart was warning, while Ebay was acquiring Paypal and enjoying quarter after quarter of huge increases in profits and revenues. The word was sent out to "Stop this thing before it puts us all out of business". The die was cast and here we are more than 10 years later, Paypal is now finally being jettisoned, and Ebay is a floundering mess. Unfortunately there are no alternative sites, and there won't be, because the same thing will happen. Instead , you will have to carve out a niche for yourself the old fashioned way. In other words, the concept of a universally known e-commerce site originally designed to match up buyers and sellers, will not be tolerated!

  • if it doesn't work out. The customer gets all their money back if they decide they don't want to wait any more, and the seller is NOT entitled to their Final value fee refund. So, don't try to please your customers with extra service, at least not on Ebay, take it somewhere else. This is just another ScrewBall Ebay policy that drives business away.

  • Last Friday's huge drop was a good indicator that a changing of the guard is about to occur. INTC has had a great run to a long term target of $35#$%$ will likely take a breather while other stocks, which have aready corrected, take over,

  • stoptheinsanity2000 stoptheinsanity2000 Oct 13, 2014 10:54 AM Flag

    MACD and RSI Indicators showed a historical "Overbought" condition for the stock at $26/sh last June which did not begin to correct until just recently. Study the charts, then you might understand stock movements and what to expect. It's not guaranteed, but more often than not it's correct. The bottom line: I think the "Oversold" condition will not be as extreme as the "Overbought" was, but it still has more to go before it makes a sustained up move. If it gets near the 200 Day MAVG, expect it to break through, most other stocks have, so that's another argument for $26/sh

  • stoptheinsanity2000 by stoptheinsanity2000 Oct 13, 2014 10:39 AM Flag

    barring any terrible revelations when they report earnings. The stock was "Overbought" last June when it crossed $26#$%$ should correct to about that point.

  • stoptheinsanity2000 stoptheinsanity2000 Oct 13, 2014 1:28 AM Flag

    The futures indicate the SPX would be below 1898 right now. Many stocks are well into a correction, it looks like a typical pre-earnings dip, but the market has come a long way, a continued up trend will require stellar earnings and a drop in the dollar. SEMIS dropped off a cliff on Friday, That's not going to turn around overnight, so you can safely sell calls on the semis at the highs or a bit lower through the rest of the year.

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    by dimonacsii Sep 8, 2014 12:48 PM
    stoptheinsanity2000 stoptheinsanity2000 Oct 6, 2014 10:27 PM Flag

    been there...done that!!!!..many many have to adjust what you sell and to whom you are willing to sell it to when you are selling on Ebay...But , it looks like the future of your business, and many other small sellers, will not be on Ebay..

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    by dimonacsii Sep 8, 2014 12:48 PM
    stoptheinsanity2000 stoptheinsanity2000 Oct 6, 2014 10:22 PM Flag

    When a company is preparing for sale they typically attempt to make their business look more "Presentable". The acquiring company will be looking at revenue per account. By jettisoning small seller accounts, revenue per account will go up. It's obvious Ebay has been preparing to be bought out for years. now that the Paypal split announcement has been made. The real question is , "what will happen to Ebay small sellers".....I think the answer from Ebay will be.........TS!

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    eBay itself has little value without PayPal

    by morebeer4mee Oct 1, 2014 10:26 AM
    stoptheinsanity2000 stoptheinsanity2000 Oct 2, 2014 6:09 AM Flag

    Maybe he meant "Offered" not "Awarded". I was offered a few hundred shares before the IPO by Etrade. I didn't buy them though,

  • stoptheinsanity2000 by stoptheinsanity2000 Sep 30, 2014 10:37 PM Flag

    Google?...There's plenty of ties between the two companies. Google never came up with a competing
    platform because of the ties. Once Paypal is spun off, Ebay will be cheap. That's my guess.

  • We have a relative newbie buyer (feedback under 100) who filed a "Not As Described" claim but says he wants to keep the item because he already repaired it. The item was listed as "Used, with wear and marks" The pictures of the item do not show a need for the repair he made, but do show wear and marks. Paypal has removed the funds from our account and the buyer says "it's no big deal" he's just not happy. We don't have our money, or our item and now a defect has been placed on our account which will lower our Ebay standing and future sales. The claim was made yesterday, we have had absolutely no sales (On Ebay) since the claim was made.

  • stoptheinsanity2000 by stoptheinsanity2000 Sep 14, 2014 8:33 PM Flag

    Apple's new payment service may be the start of the alternative selling platform sellers have been looking for. Apple has the computing platform to provide search, now it has a payment system. All it needs is content. Sellers provide that. We will see

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