eBay vrs42?

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Sat Feb 12 03:09:10 2005

On Fri, 11 Feb 2005, vrs wrote:

> > vrs wrote:
> > > Actually, it technically makes both parties in violation of their user
> > > agreement with eBay.
> >
> > Here's the user agreement:
> > http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/user-agreement.html
> > Which section or provision are you claiming would be violated? I don't
> > see anything applicable, but perhaps I skimmed it too quickly.
> "5.5 Manipulation. Neither you, bidders nor sellers may manipulate the price
> of any item nor may you interfere with other user's listings or
> transactions."
> "9 Breach. Without limiting other remedies, we may limit your activity,
> immediately remove your bids or item listings, warn our community of your
> actions, issue a warning, temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend or
> terminate your membership and refuse to provide our services to you if:
> [snip] (c) we believe that your actions may cause financial loss or legal
> liability for you, our users or us."

Can you try any harder? :)

(translation: that's quite a stretch)

> > > At the very least, that would be ethically marginal
> > > (since they lied to eBay).
> >
> > Lied to eBay about *what*?
> Their agreement to abide by the restriction on manipulating prices.

How does deciding not to bid knowing someone else is going to constitute
"manipulating prices"? One's bid is not guaranteed to eBay. One can
decide to bid or not to bid based on whatever criteria they see fit. eBay
and the seller have no expectation that everyone must bid no matter what.

> > I don't. If we knew that Ford was only going to build three Excursions
> > in 2005, and that you, Joe, Fred and I each wanted one, it wouldn't be
> > unethical for me to choose not to buy one, even knowing that the
> > 25% drop in demand would reduce the amount of money Ford could expect
> > to receive per car (theoretically, in an efficient market). I don't see
> > how the fact that it's an auction makes any difference.
> If it caused Ford to make fewer cars next year, rather than more, would that
> make a difference?

That's Ford's choice. Ford is not entitled to anyone's business.

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