A Great Find & A Defense of E-Bay

From: Bruce Lane <kyrrin_at_bluefeathertech.com>
Date: Thu Jun 15 08:57:08 2000

At 08:19 15-06-2000 -0400, you wrote:


>In closing, I'd say no one should limit themselves
>to searching only at *any* auction site, but I wouldn't
>avoid E-Bay just because prices sometimes range too

        It's not just the pricing structure for me, and the fact that there are
clusters of morons Out There who have more money and time than common
sense. A big part of it for me is that, for sellers, E-pay will bury you in
listing fees, sales percentages, etc.

        And their "privacy" policies for both buyers and sellers? Don't even get
me started! Give them a millimeter, and not only will they profile you to
death, but they will actually spam you. I wouldn't be in the least
surprised if they're reselling users' marketing data either.

        The game show "Let's Make A Deal!" was once dubbed the "Seat of Greed" in
the USA. I think that title has now been taken by E-pay. While I did have
some good luck with them several years ago, before they grew to the immense
size they are today, I think I can say with confidence that it's just "not
fun" any more.

        When I put something up for auction, it goes to haggle.com. Much smaller,
much friendlier, and they don't charge anything for listings, nor do they
charge a percentage of the sale.

        I definitely hear where your coming from, but E-pay is no longer a part of
my search routines when I'm looking for stuff.

Bruce Lane, Owner and head honcho, Blue Feather Technologies
http://www.bluefeathertech.com // E-mail: kyrrin_at_bluefeathertech.com
Amateur Radio: WD6EOS since Dec. '77
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Received on Thu Jun 15 2000 - 08:57:08 BST

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