Thursday, March 27, 2008

Very Interesting! But Stupid!

For those of you who never saw Laugh-in, that title will mean nothing to you, but it does say everything about this this blurb I found regarding eBay fees:

"Fees pay for the right to sell on eBay. Sellers do not purchase exclusive rights to Web pages on eBay. eBay may, in our sole discretion, and without your consent or payment to you, place third-party advertisements on any Web page ..." (bold is mine)

So, basically at their discretion they can put third party ads on your listings; Sellers do not purchase exclusive rights to Web pages on eBay, so that listing fee you are paying only buys you the right to sell on eBay.

Look, I wish they would just come out and say it -- "eBay is going to be a Shopping Portal". At least sellers would know how to manage their businesses on a shopping portal.

If this is the direction they are headed, the listing fee better go the way of the Dodo bird. Just charge a FVF and you can advertise and Best match to your hearts content.

Just my 12%

7 comments:

Cliff said...

Man, you seem busy today!

I think it's funny the way the sentence cuts-off. What I see on that link is this:

Fees pay for the right to sell on eBay. Sellers do not purchase exclusive rights to Web pages on eBay. eBay may, in our sole discretion, and without your consent or payment to you, place third-party advertisements on any Web page within our.

Within our what?

Maybe they're open to suggestions as to what exactly they should refer to themselves as. Maybe there's a contest in the future. Okay, maybe it's just a typo, but it comes in a funny position!

Anonymous said...

If they shared the click revenue with us 50-50 that wouldn't be bad.

If they are greedy and try to keep it all then their demise will accelerate.

Anonymous said...

OK, here's an ebay pile-on tidbit Randy. From the Ehole Stores board:

"Hey Ebay Why do you Round DSR's DOWN rather than UP??"

"Dear ebay

In the spirit of GOOD WILL to your sellers, why not round UP rathar than round DOWN the DSR's?

What sort of message to are you sending to Sellers by rounding down? It clearly appears to do NOT want sellers to qualify for any FVF discounts.
Can a PINK explain this?"


How do they dispose of all the grease they remove from the wheels and cogs that are moving smoothly?

Anonymous said...

[answer: DUH!]

Randy Smythe said...

Anonymous #3, sometimes you have to state the obvious. :)

sue said...

eBay may...place third-party ads within our...
I'm happy to tell them (with diagrams) EXACTLY where they can stick this idea. :-D

Tony P. said...

To answer Cliff's question, when I first read it a natural word just seemed to pop into my mind.


...within our Universe!