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Topic: Why we’re not buying at buy.comNobody likes a bully. They push and shove to get their way and don’t care about others. Pretty selfish behavior.Usually they get away with it too. If they are bigger and stronger, who is to stop them?Well we can’t speak for patrolling the school corridors, but when it comes to companies like buy.com bulling their way onto the eBay marketplace we believe it’s time to take stand. Together.Everyone knows that eBay is the best place in the world to find a huge variety of merchandise. It is the self-titled “World’s Greatest Marketplace”. The diversity of eBay’s products is matched only by the diversity of people who buy and sell on the site. In fact, it is these people, millions of them around the country, who actually create the eBay marketplace. Without them, there would be no buying and selling on eBay.Approximately 1.3 million people make a living selling on eBay. Most are hard working Americans like you and me who are trying to make ends meet in a very tough economy. Some are stay-at-home moms and individuals with disabilities who count on non-traditional jobs, like selling on eBay, to pay their bills.We applaud all of their efforts, courage and hard work and want to support them.So who is bullying our hard working neighbors on eBay? They are what eBay calls “Diamond Sellers” and they get special treatment and fee discounts on eBay that gives them an unfair advantage over the smaller sellers who are the heart of eBay.These Diamond Sellers use their size to push other sellers aside by listing thousands of items and monopolizing the categories they list in so eventually they get most of the customers on eBay too. Not exactly the “level playing field” ideology that was a founding principle of eBay. So Diamond Seller growth is coming at the expense of small businesses who conduct hard, honest work every day…Not cool.What type of company you ask, would do such a mean thing? I mean what type of a CEO wants to answer this question:“Do you think it is ethical for your business to enrich its executives and shareholders at the expense of working mothers, disabled persons and small businesses around the country?” Uh, next question PLEASE.So we would like to ask senior management at buy.com what they were thinking when (based on what we can see on eBay) they decided it would be okay to dump hundreds of thousands of items onto the eBay marketplace in return a sweetheart Diamond seller deal on listing fees?** All sellers must pay a fee to list an item on eBay in order to avoid crowding the marketplace with stuff. eBay has historically spoken of how important this listing fee is to ensuring the diversity and quality of products on the marketplace but does not disclose the specific terms given to Diamond sellers.Do you think buy.com considered the 1.3 million hard working Americans around the country that rely on eBay to make a living? Did buy.com think that a stay at home mother raising children and using her eBay business to help pay the bills would get a job as an accountant instead? Do they think that an eBay that resembles the local mall and only sells homogenized goods from big name retailers is what this country needs more of?We hope not. We’re guessing they didn’t think about these things at all and maybe it’s not their fault. The eBay team and the buy.com team probably had some meetings. Maybe even a nice steak dinner and they looked at the numbers together and smiled and said, “Hey, we can definitely afford desert now!”Fortunately it’s not too late for buy.com. They can do the honorable thing and excuse themselves from their eBay “test”. They probably didn’t know how many businesses they would wipe out with this deal. Hopefully they have a better understanding now.After all, if we wanted to buy from them we could simply go to the buy.com website. Isn’t that the reason they added us to the buy.com mailing list (we don’t recall opting-in to that, hmmm) after we made a test purchase on eBay?!But until buy.com removes their items from the eBay marketplace we won’t be buying from them. We won’t be buying from them on eBay and we won’t be buying from their website either. We won’t be buying from them now or when we start shopping for holiday presents this year. In fact, we’re not sure why anyone would want to support buy.com at a time when they are putting our friends and neighbors out of business.After all, nobody likes a bully.And as for any other large retailers (you know the ones with the huge customer service departments that make you wait on hold for an hour when you call – if you can even find the phone number) who are considering selling their mass-market products on eBay, we strongly encourage them to reconsider.So, are we calling for a buy.com boycott you ask? No, not yet.