***BBC Watchdog to feature eBay*** - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HUKD, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HUKD app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit

***BBC Watchdog to feature eBay***

£0.00 @ eBay
Quite a few ebayers on this forum so thought would post this, BBC Watchdog will be featuring eBay on tonights programme, 7pm bbc1 The programme focuses on counterfeits and also raises issues a…
whereisthesun Avatar
1d, 3m agoPosted 1 decade, 3 months ago
Quite a few ebayers on this forum so thought would post this,

BBC Watchdog will be featuring eBay on tonights programme, 7pm bbc1

The programme focuses on counterfeits and also raises issues around feedback.

might be worth a look
Other Links From eBay:
whereisthesun Avatar
1d, 3m agoPosted 1 decade, 3 months ago
Options

All Comments

(24) Jump to unreadPost a comment
Comments/page:
#1
Thanks for this information.

I have made 4 successful and enjoyable purchases on eBay but the bad transactions receive all the publicity, which is understandable. It will be interesting to see the report and I hope that they don’t make it too short.

I wonder if dinosteveus will be watching?
1 Like #2
Can we please leave dinosteveus out of this thread?? There's already a thread for dino. I know we all miss him, but there's no need to bring him up here and take the thread off topic.

Thanks.

Not telling you off palspal and Joshanna, just stopping this going off-topic sooner rather than later. :thumbsup:
#3
My apologies, I see your point.
#4
They do a piece on Ebay every so often, they're always utter rubbish. Like every other report Watchdog do on big companies. They can only ever do anything about small companies because larger ones couldn't give a monkeys what Watchdog do or think.
#5
Cool, thanks for the heads up, will be watching :thumbsup:
#6
thanks, i'll watch :)
#7
I've just watched it and it was quite interesting. I personally have been okay with what I have bought from ebay and never had any problems, but I always try and steer away from power sellers, as I always have a certain feeling that not all is right.
#8
just watched it.... wasn't that good to be fair. just wondering, i rarely watch watchdog, do they ever actually help people get their money back? like those people who lost thousands of £'s to that builder?
#9
pinky
I've just watched it and it was quite interesting. I personally have been okay with what I have bought from ebay and never had any problems, but I always try and steer away from power sellers, as I always have a certain feeling that not all is right.


But the point of powersellers is that they have to have a LOT of feedback and it has to be a very high percentage of positives. A lot of powersellers are often wholesalers who send goods out really quickly too!!

The powersellers aren't the ones you need to watch for. I'd rather buy a mobile from a powerseller with 20,000 feedback points than someone with 100 positive feedbacks which could be from selling smaller items.

On the other hand, I personally wouldn't ever buy a phone, iPod, laptop, DVD player or anything like that, as certain categories attract a lot of scammers.
[helper]#10
Iv come across loads of powersellers that have loads of negative feedbacks but are just ignored because poweresellers rake in money for Ebay

Thatas what its all about in the end !!!!
#11
Not a big fan of Watchdog these days although I would have been interested to see what they were saying about ebay.

I would agree with ducky, I tend to go with powersellers which large amounts of feedback as they've usually sold plenty of the items already that you want to buy. If I'm buying from smaller sellers I usually have to trawl through their feedback to see if they've been selling anything similar or not. I would agree with not buying most of the items you've said, I got carried away recently and bought a W900 - the deal all went smoothly and I got the phone for a good price but I wasn't comfortable with the wait in between, worrying if they'd scammed me and even after I got the phone I was worried it might be blacklisted.

These days though I rarely use ebay, it's simply not what it used to be - although there's always been all manner of scams, it takes so much longer now to find a UK based seller that has the genuine item for a good price without daft postage. Due to all this I tend to just buy the item from one of the main online retailers, it's often cheaper especially with assistance from this site and you know what you are getting. Only time I really use ebay is for rarer, hard to find items.

John
#12
Yeah, I only ever use eBay for collectibles and old/rare videos, etc.
banned#13
Not familiar with a scammer - was thinking of putting some of my wrote off truck bits on e bay - sounds scary - prehaps the local free adds yellow paper might be better. ? is a scammer, plse?- how do they operate?
Got it - a false person. Just trawled AN other thready thing. G'night everybody, everywhere.
#14
Johnmcl7
These days though I rarely use ebay, it's simply not what it used to be - although there's always been all manner of scams, it takes so much longer now to find a UK based seller that has the genuine item for a good price without daft postage. Due to all this I tend to just buy the item from one of the main online retailers, it's often cheaper especially with assistance from this site and you know what you are getting. Only time I really use ebay is for rarer, hard to find items.

John
Yeah same here. eBay isn't as much fun as it was when Yahoo UK also had their auction site as it was. These days the safest bet is with known online retailers and via various forums. Although nothing is 100% with any method of buying or selling.
#15
eggman
Not familiar with a scammer - was thinking of putting some of my wrote off truck bits on e bay - sounds scary - prehaps the local free adds yellow paper might be better. ? is a scammer, plse?- how do they operate?
Got it - a false person. Just trawled AN other thready thing. G'night everybody, everywhere.
You got it eggman!

:pirate:
#16
I agree - I used to love Ebay and have been using it since around 2001. In my time I have done just under 200 transactions, making a bit of money for myself and nabbing some bargains too.

A couple of years ago I felt pretty safe buying a laptop on behalf of my housemate on ebay, and it all went smoothly.

Unfortunately in the past few months, the bargains are becoming rarer and rarer. A website that was set up for individuals to sell their old goods is now a huge online shopping centre that seems to be primarily for businesses.

Don't get me wrong - there are still some good deals to be had there, but for DVDs, games and CDs I'd much rather buy from cdwow or play.com than run the risk of getting a fake off ebay.
#17
It's getting really hairy buying or selling these days!

I've been stung from both sides, but only recently, up until then I have had around 200 successful transactions.

eBay is no place for n00bs now, unfortunately.

:pirate: CJ :pirate:
#18
markwills
Don't get me wrong - there are still some good deals to be had there, but for DVDs, games and CDs I'd much rather buy from cdwow or play.com than run the risk of getting a fake off ebay.


And even CD-Wow sell via eBay! (I think they're called 'CDs-Wow') A handy way to buy if you want to use money you've got in a Paypal account.

I've got over 650 positive feedbacks on eBay, from buying and selling (I used to live in London and got hold of a lot of rare or promotional CDs from shops in Soho and Notting Hill, and made a couple of grand selling them on eBay). I rarely use it now though - unless I want a bootleg DVD (:oops:) - because it's so much easier to get things from recognised retailers rather than having to watch auctions, remember when they're finishing to make sure you get it, etc. The last thing I bought was Nip/Tuck Season 3 DVD, because the cheapest online was £30, and I ended up getting a brand new copy for £20, but that was only after watching scores of copies for about 3 weeks.
#19
rayman
Yeah same here. eBay isn't as much fun as it was when Yahoo UK also had their auction site as it was. These days the safest bet is with known online retailers and [COLOR=red]via various forums.[/COLOR] Although nothing is 100% with any method of buying or selling.


[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4]Can you tell me/us the name of these forums?[/SIZE][/FONT]
1 Like #20
Sure :) I meant forums like this, to buy from retailers. Also we don't mind mentioning other sites here, unlike one or two of the others ;-)

MSE, CDandDVD, DVDForum, AVForum, rpoints... The few that come to mind, but I expect other members can give you more if you want them.
#21
[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4]Thanks,will check them out when I get time[/SIZE][/FONT]:thumbsup:
#22
The problem with a lot of power sellers is that people see these high percentage and 1000s of feedback and assume that means they are reliable, but a lot of the time new buyers are scared to leave negatives for these guys.

For example, recently my boyfriend ordered something from a power seller, 98%, over 1000 feedback but it never arrived, after calling the person several times he finally got through and was told that the item was out of stock and he'd have to either wait for it or have his money back. So, before going to leave him some negative feedback about it I looked more closely at his feedback and every person that had left him a negative, no matter how polite and fair it was, he had 'returned the favour' and negged them back. My boyfriend only had a feedback score of 8 so a negative would have done a lot of damage, whereas this power seller receiving a negative wouldn't even make a dint.

So then the question is not 'Does this person deserve a negative for this transaction' it is 'Is it worth damaging my own eBay reputation'.
#23
they need to get PAYPAL on watchdog. Theyre ripping people off left right and centre.
#24
I'm sure paypal have been on watchdog a few months ago (previous series)...I used to use QXL but have fast gone off that following a recent incident and the rubbish obviously biased reply I got...

Post a Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Looking for Twitter login?
Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!