Saturday, July 2, 2011
I would love a good alternative to Ebay.....
Ebay..... we were once such good friends!
I bought and sold on E-bay for years, mostly selling. I had a few thousand auctions under my belt, sold lots of stuff, and had a 100% feedback rating. It was profitable, but most of all it was fun. I loved watching my auctions end, seeing the last minute bidding, and trying to figure out what people were thinking based on how they reacted to what I wrote in the auction.
But... Ebay changed. They brought PayPal on board.... at first a good thing. Easy payments on-line! Convenience! Relative safety!
Then.... Ebay made accepting PayPal a requirement to sell on their site. Fee's climbed up and up. Ebay pushed to make PayPal the only acceptable means of using their auction site... and raked in billions in transaction fees.
All that, I could have dealt with as the cost of using their service. If it was too high, the market (and I) would quit using their auction site.
But.... then.... PayPal went over to the dark side.
My own experience? After years of using them, and a constant 100% rating, they began 'freezing' my account on a regular basis. Not frozen to incoming funds... but freezing my access to them. By their own wording I was a perfect customer, but like clockwork... I could count on it... if I had anything more than a few hundred dollars in the account they would 'lock' it for a few weeks, demanding I provide them with anal X-rays and my grandmothers DNA samples to prove my identity.
No explanation was offered when I pushed for one. Just Borg generated form letters demonstrating the complete lack of human involvement on their end.
My thoughts? They were not only riding the float on the cash belonging to millions of customers, but were actively locking up the funds in their hands as long as possible.
Sneaky, underhanded, bad faith, dishonest, and a few dozen other words I could toss in here..... but what is the point? They have gotten big enough to behave like a government, and get away with it. They pulled an AlGore.... "There is no controlling legal authority", which means 'We do what we want because we can get away with it'.
I quite Ebay, and Paypal, last year. The frustration and feelings of financial extortion and assault overcame the fun of using the auction site.
I do miss posting auctions though, and having the fun that goes with it. Sure wish there was a rival to Ebay that could survive their dirty business practices.