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eBay!*%@#! Sometimes only family can love it.Posted Friday, May 15, 2009, at 12:22 PM
If you recently learned of eBay's new policy on fakes and went bonkers like me, take a chill pill and relax. It basically said that if a buyer decided that their purchase was a fake, they could tell eBay and eBay would instruct them to destroy it. eBay did not say they would require verification of the authenticity OR verify that they had destroyed the actual item. Wow! What a recipe for reverse fraud and even theft.
It has only been alive for a few weeks but it will now be changed. As many of you know, I sell and teach eBay so their actions affect me directly. This one was a 'no brainer' from the start and never should have seen the light of day.
I am glad it is being fixed but I have to wonder how it was posted in the first place. Anyone, ANYONE could have seen this was a step toward disaster. I would feel better if eBay said "oops, we goofed and posted a policy before it was finished", but they just said that after taking a hard look at it, they are making changes.
It did not take me more than the time it took to read it to say NO WAY, but at least they are changing it, so I will take my own prescription for a chill pill and oohhmmm.......
PS: In my opinion, (even with mistakes considered) it is still the overall best way for an individual to sell their stuff on the internet, and companies to clear out slow moving inventory while building their trade name.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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