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Will you be taking part in the ebay strike 18th - 25th Feb?

amanda f Avatar
8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
From what I have read on the ebay discussion boards, there is a planned protest strike where many sellers and buyers are going to be having a strike on February 18th through February 25 that includes no buying, no listing, no selling, no auctions on those days!

I, for one am quite prepared not to use the site between those dates anyway, are you?

(taking place in US and UK apparently)

http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/07/smbusiness/ebay_boycott.fsb/

http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2208648/ebay-sellers-threaten-strike
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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#1
First i have heard of this. If your info is correct then i will defo not use ebay on these days. They bloody charge you for everything you do even if you take a breath!!!!
#2
Whats the story behind this?
#3
Great maybe i will get some stuff i want cheaper with no bidders around :)
#4
Surely if all the people that take part really want to make a 'statement' they should just stop using Ebay altogether otherwise I guarantee all they'll be doing is listing everything as soon as the 'strike' is over & probably ending up with lower prices for their items due to so much being listed at the same time??!?!

It's not like Ebay will see the numbers (however many actually bother) & say "ooooooh, we never realised what we were doing was so unpopular, we'll change it all to just how YOU all want it"!!?!

There's no way they aren't aware, it's just that they don't give a toss.....
#5
waterloo;1564970
Great maybe i will get some stuff i want cheaper with no bidders around :)

Just what I was thinking! But looking at it it will attract more buyers on there than normal all thinking the same so for sellers especially on the first day or to will be bonus time! Ebay won't give two hoots as they will know its a week only thing going on and that 90% will succumb after the first day or two and sadly there is no real viable alternative so waste of time alll round as far as i can see!
#6
Definately, it's about time that feeBay was brought to its knees!

More info here; http://www.myspace.com/boycottebay

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#7
Have you not heard its free listing day on 18th-24th.
#8
It would be great during that time if Google launched a rival service! - That's what's needed to stop Ebay taking the michael with their extortionate fees.
#9
I know the fees sound alot but aren't they about a quarter of the price they'd be if you sold at a real auction?
#10
i will do
#11
Benjimoron
I know the fees sound alot but aren't they about a quarter of the price they'd be if you sold at a real auction?


Yeah but you wouldnt use a real auction to sell your grannys old slippers or the door mat from tesco you bought that you dont like anymore?
#12
To be honest what did you lot do with all the junk and things that you wanted to sell before ebay ? bin it most probably or just have it sitting about the house gathering dust moaning about how much it cost you etc etc ebay gives you a chance to get some money back and also get a good deal on something that cost 3 times as much in a shop or online.
#13
I realised that ebay was not good for me about 4 months ago. I dont buy or sell anything on ebay anymore.

I used to sell mobile phones on ebay. Every mobile i sold, ebay made more profit than me for doing nothing. I was doing all the hard work, buying, getting them unlocked, listing, packing, journeys to the post office and queing there for a long time. Not any more. After leaving ebay, i find that i have a lot of time in hand and i am a happy man once again.

Why only boycott for this period only. Just leave it for ever. Ebay is an addiction.
#14
Yes, the business people are Havard, Cambridge types. They always so impact and risk analyses on any changes that they make. In any decision process they always go through this cycle of : SWAT: Strengths, Weaknesses, Advantages and Threats. Right now they have controlled of the entire market and is a dominant player with no real threat. Of course they will dictate what they want out of the market place. [COLOR="Red"]They are the leaders by a long way and people always worship strong leaders rather than dithering leaders.[/COLOR] Of course no ebay leaders will dither and let customers get what they want! If customers get what they want such as some of the customers here they will want a hot bargain every time. Ebay will not be able to offer a Mercedes Benz service for a paltry payment. They are the leaders and they tell you what you will get. This is a sign of a strong political and business leadership.
#15
I for one will be following in suit of the "dont use ebay for a week" idea, mainly because they have just banned me though, lol.

Mike..
#16
i like the google idea, whenever google does something its always better than what we had before; toolbar, gmail, map services etc were allbetter than other toolbars, hotmail and multi map etc

how sad do i look right now...
#17
yer same here i wont buy or sell from ebay, bloody thieves to make it worse paypal fees aswell.
#18
I will take part!
#19
I stopped using ebay when they started to enforce Paypal as a statutory payment option. I used paypal anyway, but I won't be told that I have to. It didn't help when they withdrew my PSP auction on some stupid 'keyword spamming' charge. The PP issue was just the straw that broke the camel's back for me.
#20
Definitely be taking part.
#21
I would like to thank each and every one of you for having the courage to take a stand against this mega giant. I know it will take a lot of work and a little luck to get the results that we want but our cause is just. What this corporation is doing to the thousand of small sellers across this county is unfair and unAmerican. We need to stand together to fight the absolute power eBay has in the online auction business. Nancy Baughman


Jees, guess she never watched Wall Street then. I always thought the quest for the $ was paramount over there. If you don't like it, don't use it. Simple.

But please, make a definite decision one way or the other and stop bloody whining.

(Yes I do hate Ebey/Paypal but I won't cut off my nose to spite my face :thumbsup:)

Edit: Reading that quote again, it looks like they nicked it from an Anti Wal*Mart speech :lol:
#22
i think that watchdog will be saying something on this ebay thing and support the public,has all ebay are interested in is their money..and how many peoples account have been hijacked and ebay has just let them sort it out themselfs.if you pay for a service you should expect them to take security serously.that should be their aim.instead of spending nearly a millon pound on spywear..so that they can see what you do where you go etc..not agaisnt the law in luxamburg..how many of us knew that??when you visit ebay make sure you hide your ip address and hostname otherwise they will know all about you in a few days and thats how there are so many cases of fraud on ebay..all the staff have access and some of them sell your details to others...there should be more protection for all..where have our human rights gone??/to have the right for privacy...
#23
Speaking of security, its nearly the first anniversary of the infamous Vladuz exploits ;-) :lol:
#24
Ebay fees are high but the price you get for your stuff is 25% more than you would get elsewhere and faster selling than elsewhere. So kind of cancels out the highly priced fees.
#25
h_360
Ebay fees are high but the price you get for your stuff is 25% more than you would get elsewhere and faster selling than elsewhere. So kind of cancels out the highly priced fees.


Faster selling maybe, but you'll definitely get more money by advertising in your local freeads 90% of the time. The problem with ebay is its 'sniper' culture. Hardly anybody bids near the beginning and its a mad rush at the end, but as the starting bids tend to be low the snipes are too. There was a suggestion a few years back that they included time extensions on bids made in the last minute. Would have made it quite interesting to watch imho.

As for this boycott, buyers won't do it as (on the face of it) they have nothing to lose from the changes. This is just short term thinking though. If ebay stick by its fee increases it means higher prices for buyers, add that to the RM price rises in april..... Yep, buyers too will suffer in the log run.
#26
Dont most sellers rip of the buyer with inflated postage fees so making them as bad as ebay.
#27
Fair play to the strike talk but will it do anything as its been said e-bay won't give a toss and while there's supply and demand for this site e-bay will be in total control and dictate what they like ,just like the goverment and petrol prices in this country remember some years back the strike and the blockades up and down the country when the prices hit something like 80p a litre? Now look at the price over £1.00+ per litre and are people still using cars and buying petrol..... YES just like they did and always will. Its just the way this country is and who loses out the average working man and woman like you and me......... Rant over with......:-D
#28
Don't use ebay as it's full of tea leaves and rip off merchants.:thumbsup:
#29
waterloo
Dont most sellers rip of the buyer with inflated postage fees so making them as bad as ebay.


That's a bit 50/50 tbh. Most wise buyers bid on the postage as well. If something normally goes for £5 you get the following bid patterns on final price...

£1 + £4 postage
or
£3.70+£1.30 postage

It makes no odds to the buyer really as long as the overall price is comparable to other items and to the buyers set bid budget. Ebay don't like it though as they get no fees on postage (apart from their paypal cut that is)......
#30
Oh, by the way, check this link : http://pages.ebay.co.uk/sell/first3listingsfeb08/?ov=004LS

Work out the likely finish dates of these auctions. Fit nicely in the boycott timespan eh? Crafty old ebay :lol:
#31
raptorcigs will take part
#32
Shengis
That's a bit 50/50 tbh. Most wise buyers bid on the postage as well. If something normally goes for £5 you get the following bid patterns on final price...

£1 + £4 postage
or
£3.70+£1.30 postage

It makes no odds to the buyer really as long as the overall price is comparable to other items and to the buyers set bid budget. Ebay don't like it though as they get no fees on postage (apart from their paypal cut that is)......


Hi Shengis :)
with the greatest respect this will only be true as long as you don't have a problem with the item and need to get a refund.
Unless it's changed in recent times, and I can't find that it has, you will not get refunded postage or shipping costs.

Therefore if your item's true value/cost is say £10 and the seller is doing BIN at £1 and £9 shipping if you need to get a refund you will find yourself with only a £1 refund.

I am prepared to be proved wrong on that but like I say I can't find anything to say that this situation has changed.

Would appreciate your views/comments :thumbsup: :)
#33
I've been after a decent TV for a while.....maybe i'll wait for another week or so :thumbsup: :whistling:
#34
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#35
hottoshop
Hi Shengis :)
with the greatest respect this will only be true as long as you don't have a problem with the item and need to get a refund.
Unless it's changed in recent times, and I can't find that it has, you will not get refunded postage or shipping costs.

Therefore if your item's true value/cost is say £10 and the seller is doing BIN at £1 and £9 shipping if you need to get a refund you will find yourself with only a £1 refund.

I am prepared to be proved wrong on that but like I say I can't find anything to say that this situation has changed.

Would appreciate your views/comments :thumbsup: :)


I know what you're saying but it goes a long way as a buyer to use common sense in that situation. If the listing looked professional (but not too professional), didn't contain a multitude of spelling mistakes/harsh t&c's etc then I 'may' go for it, but it's unlikely. I'm really talking about low value tat that the seller needs to reverse the charges on to make it worth while selling. Obviously if you buy a TV for £1 with £125 postage you're in for trouble one way or the other. Yet again, that's another symptom of ebay and their uneven FVF's as it tends to happen a LOT more (and C32 will no doubt bear me out on this) in the media sections than anywhere else. Just supposition, but I would think there would actually be less reason to make a claim on a low value item and even if you did, then the majority of the sellers that do actually switch the bid/postage prices would send the item untracked..*cough*INR*cough* ;-)
#36
Shengis
I know what you're saying but it goes a long way as a buyer to use common sense in that situation. If the listing looked professional (but not too professional), didn't contain a multitude of spelling mistakes/harsh t&c's etc then I 'may' go for it, but it's unlikely. I'm really talking about low value tat that the seller needs to reverse the charges on to make it worth while selling. Obviously if you buy a TV for £1 with £125 postage you're in for trouble one way or the other. Yet again, that's another symptom of ebay and their uneven FVF's as it tends to happen a LOT more (and C32 will no doubt bear me out on this) in the media sections than anywhere else. Just supposition, but I would think there would actually be less reason to make a claim on a low value item and even if you did, then the majority of the sellers that do actually switch the bid/postage prices would send the item untracked..*cough*INR*cough* ;-)


Agreed, trouble is a lot of people have been caught out by the high postage/low item cost trick especially when it comes to stuff from Asia/China etc.

Always worth knowing the underhand seller's tricks.
1 Like #37
well I'll be taking part cos I've just closed my Paypal and Ebay accounts after about 8 years!

Too much worry about being ripped off now. Have had Ebay account highjacked twice and I used a password including letters, numbers and % and & so I've no idea how they got in. I use AdAware and AVG and Windows Firewall (and Router Firewall)

So stuff it! Unless you use Ebay Sniper or something like that then you haven't much chance of a bargain any longer.

Oh yeah, Paypal still owe me £25 that they won't release but I've told them to forget it now.
1 Like #38
yeah it will probably be as successful as the the petrol strike hee hee
i.e not at all
people want everything for nothing get a life people stuff costs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i for 1 shall be taking advantage of the complete lack of buyers and getting worthless bits of tat that i dont need for even less :)
woo hoo bring on the strikers.......
#39
we should do this to lidl too there prices that were sooo cheep have over took asda and tesco and they still just chuck everything in the isle in it's wholesale package
teach em all a lesson profiteering SOBs
#40
raptorcigs
we should do this to lidl too there prices that were sooo cheep have over took asda and tesco and they still just chuck everything in the isle in it's wholesale package
teach em all a lesson profiteering SOBs


What's a "lidl" i'm more upmarket and shop at Aldi? :whistling:

Went to a Netto for the first time the other day, not what I expected. No crowds of shuffling chavs with open sores like a scene from Dawn of the Dead fighting over the last box of expired cornflakes. It was clean and well set out with brand name stuff. :?

Within that second to last sentence it pained me to use the word 'Chav' as in the north-east it's been 'Chava' since the early eighties. :thinking: And yes i'll be avoiding Ebay for the strike.

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