I quit working for eBay after sitting in long executive meetings, where management basically plotted ways to farm more and more money from Sellers, without any actual knowledge or research to show why they where doing it. They would 'create' market research which they would release to the public, yet it was completely false and made up only to support their hypotheses - which normally included making it more and more difficult for the account holders (sellers) to actually, well, sell. Many of us often were left perplexed by what they were trying to do, none of it made sense - destroy the account holders with ridiculous policies and charge them more for doing so? It literally gobsmacked me. That along with the fraud was the last straw for me, they used to a good, fun business, since the last five years, the new CEO's, havung never sold on eBay have single handedly destroyed it. I fear, that it was intentional, to basically short the stock. Who knows.
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Oh and then Ebay caved in on the sales tax and now their newsletter mentioned how THEY will be collecting sales tax for sellers and remitting them to the 6 states they listed, and stated that sellers won't be able to refuse sales or opt out of selling to buyers in those states.
LOL! I went to one of the web pages and cited that before I closed by selling pages later, said;
"oh? I have the RIGHT to decline sales of my work to anyone for ANY reason, and I'm refusing to sell to anyone in those states, let's see you do something about it!"
Well, their CSR on the page wrote back a reply in part that I would be VIOLATING their user agreement, LOL!!!!
I was already doing that on the pages I had up- stating NO SALES to anyone in the states I listed. I told them to take their service and shove it, nobody tells ME where or to whom I'm going to sell my work, and I'm not going to allow Ebay to charge people a double tax on my items either!
As a seller of 20 years on Ebay I decided recently to close up all my selling pages and walk away from it, ebay has gone down the krapper in many ways, it's been cluttered up with scores of cheap JUNK that games the search too. Where I had $800 a week sales a few years ago that dropped down to MAYVE one $100 sale in a month or two months.
Then there's the issue I learned that ebay SELLS your photos and content to outfits like Worthpoint- read the user agreement and see where that by uploading your images and content you are giving them free, perpetual, royalty free irrevokable license to resell/license that content to 3rd parties (like Worthpoint) so THEY make money off it and you get nothing!
Now they want all sellers to put their zipcode in all listings, I dont know about others but living in a town of 1,200 I dont WANT my town name/home location spewed all over Ebay pages where any stranger could show up on my front door steps at 8 AM on a Sunday morning without notice becausew they happened to be passing nearby and thought they'd stop in to see my "show room" or something! I dont even put that info on my own web site or facebook why would I allow it on Ebay!
Sales down 94%:from last year. Sold TWO items since August 1st, 2018. CLOSED MY STORE.
I quit last month. Too much stress, too much BS and politics, empire building garbage etc. Dishonest people who think you can solve anything with a slogan and a handful of lies. The culture is toxic, and I was doing the work of 2 people, then 3, then 4 then....."why are you behind? We notice you like to give in to the sellers a lot" . Yeah, if you help more than one or two sellers a month in disputes you're going upstairs for the "teamwork" meeting. "The buyer is always right". "Tell them something so you can get rid of them and take the next call, don't spend more than 120 seconds on any one call".
F* you stooges !!! Kill your own business, I won't be there to see it. 2 years was more than enough for me. Moral of the story: Don't work at a place where everyone around you is lying.
So happy to find this message. Same here. These losers on eBay. I had a business for 10 years. Its gone. Lost everything. They always say let me look at your account. i didnt change anything, you did eBay! Stop the lies I tell them. They have all these excuses. I hope they go under. I posted on their Facebook today a photo. 3 years ago I was making enough in 1 month to live for several. On the first day of the month I made back my store fee for the month. I havent made enough in 3 months to pay it so had to cancel it. I showed a photo of my envelopes. 2012-2015 just for July. All were full with so many sales. Last envelope was 3 years in 1 folder and it isnt even half the sales in a envelope in 2013. It is absolutely disgusting what they have done to small businesses. They made like 50 billion profit this year while burying the rest of us. They are cold hearted bastards. I was top rated for 3 years. Changed their stupid policies and now I will never get it back. I get 1-2 sales a month if I am lucky now. Let this company rot and burn!!!
Thank you for speaking out. Not that it actually will save the sellers that are struggling, but at least you’ve provided clarity and confirmation that it’s broken and won’t be fixed, and sellers are smart to leave and should boycott using ebay for purchases as well. I find that Mercari and facebook selling groups are becoming more useful than ebay. Hopefully the trend will continue and more sites will pick up both ebay buyers and sellers.
My Ebay store is going under after 10 years of hard work due to recent Ebay policies which restrict sellers and take away bonuses and incentives if we do not do what they want. Free returns is one example. They don't pay for that, sellers do. Restricting our ability to run sales is another.. Controlling the algorithms is another. Bad business decisions that are putting sellers under. Not sure if it is intentional but they are losing their best sellers and inventory for these mistakes and costing people their livelihoods, homes and ability to live.
Not hard to believe what this form ebay employee says is true. It was plain as day when you get back to selling on ebay and go fulltime and they s---er you in to getting a store and you watch you sales continue to tank month after month. I started out as a buyer back in 2002 and then became a full time seller for a several years and I thought things were bad back then when I'd made the decision and left selling on ebay for 11 yrs only sold a few things like unwanted concert tickets or baseball game tickets till I got smart and put those on stub hub & a few vehicles till that got really scary & too stressful to try given how ebay has a reputation for enabling scammers these days. After at least going 11 yrs of not selling fulltime there thought I'd give them another try, so for over 3 yrs jumped thru hoop after hoop to try and maintain TRS, finally said the hell with that not long after they took away 20% discount and they were getting ready to force free shipping & everything else they were unfairly trying to cram down our throats. Selling on ebay was a very bad experience due to their own policies and how they treat their sellers who are also customers who also purchased on ebay. I'm done! BYE BYE EBAY! Another platform is now getting my fee's from items that are selling there that had sat on ebay for at least 12 months. Because ebay likes to bury you items if you don't agree to give your items away for free!
Most of we sellers know exactly what they are doing. We also know they are going to fail. The insanity rolls out day after day. I'm already moving my items. The writing is on the wall. At one point I was selling $12000 a month and probably spending $3000 to $4000 each month on eBay as well. This month, $1600.
Guess what! I'm not selling AND I'm not buying. That's a really sound idea for a business plan. Get rid of the sellers and you'll lose a heck of a lot of buyers too. I fear they have all got early onset Alzheimer's. Maybe that's being too kind.
Look at the turnover here the last few years
I worked for those gangster 9 years. They have so many slogans, campaigns, give to charity etc blah blah diversity teamwork blah blah blah. They are dishonest nasty thugs, especially upstairs. They tell us to do illegal and immoral stuff to the customers every single time they dream up a new "innovation". It's OK, their spouses can't trust them, why should we? Keep on playing with the system so that we will have more "glitches" which will cost the customer tons of extra money. If they catch us ....well, you know "it was an IT issue, we're working on it". Today we roll out shaft the seller day. Tomorrow it's extra fees for answering a buyers question because "they may have been planning to sell outside our venue". Let's punish employees and customers alike, isn't that what happens with teamwork? We can solve anything with a fee increase, some carefully engineered IT failures and a bunch of lies. The boys flying around in the jet have ruined what was once a very healthy company. Look at the turnover here the last few years. Your employees are bailing at an alarming rate. So are your sellers. Soon you won't have any left from either group. Crash and burn, E Bay. Life IS Greener on the other side of the fence. It's nice to go to work and be around honest happy people again. Why did I wait so long?
Oh, you were right. There's an S.E.C. report on the 10-Q. It's not looking very good for the 2 that signed off on documents that require Section 906. They are toast!
Thanks for doing the right thing. The sellers pay dearly. What he has yet to understand is that a seller is also a buyer. So, you loose 2 customers when you screw over a seller. When you are referring to the fraud, are you referring to when he and fisher sold the shares of stock the day of and after the annual report came out? Or are you referring to the bond fraud? You know they would blame PriceWaterhouse if they got caught. They would spin that. I think your assessment is correct.