eBay vs Google in Australia

May 30, 2008

Google has been exposed as the author of an anonymous complaint regarding the forcing of buyers to use PayPal on eBay to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Google argues that the move would be anti-competitive, which is very true. Google Checkout is already banned as a payment method on eBay, which has caused tensions between the two internet giants recently. Hopefully the ACCC will stop eBay and then force eBay to open up its payment methods, after all open markets often work more successfully for all parties than closed ones.

Toilet Roll on eBay

May 29, 2008

An auction selling two sheets of toilet roll has just ended on eBay for $15. The entrepreneurial seller has obviously recouped the cost of his "soft ‘n gentle" toilet roll and offers a few words of helpful advice "fold these sheets together to avoid breakthrough but the choice is yours ".. nice.

Stolen Hydraulic Cutting Equipment on eBay

May 28, 2008

Police in Dagenham have reportedly recovered hydraulic cutting equipment which went missing in June 2007. The equipment had been used by the London and Essex Fire Brigade to cut people free from road traffic accidents and since the equipment was stolen have had to borrow the devices from other stations. The cutting equipment was discovered on eBay by a fireman who reported it to the police who recovered the item.

German woman tries to sell baby on eBay

May 27, 2008

A woman in Germany is under investigation after posting her 8 month-old baby for auction on eBay. The woman, 23 from Munich told reporters that the auction was a joke and wanted to see if people would make an offer. The child has been taken to hospital and the woman will have to take psychometric tests to ensure that the child is in safe hands.

Chicago sues eBay

May 23, 2008

Chicago is suing eBay and StubHub (one of eBay’s subsidiaries) for not failing to collect an 8 percent tax on tickets sold online. Chicago law states that reseller agents such as eBay must pay an amusement tax. eBay and StubHub have reacted strongly stating that they do not think the tax can and should be enforced.

Warren Buffett for Sale on eBay

May 22, 2008

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has announced he is planning to auction lunch with himself for the Glide Foundation. The Glide Foundation provides services to the homeless and poor in San Francisco. Last year $650,000 was raised by Buffett with the winning auction coming from two investors. The winner can invite up to seven friends to bring to dinner.

Tips: Listing Options

May 19, 2008

eBay provides you with several options for listing your items. You can choose from 24 hour, 3, 5, 7 or 10 days. Ideally auctions should run for as long as possible (unless you’re trying to make a quick sale). It makes sense to start your auctions about 7pm as most people are home from work and it is ideal to make your auction run over the weekend.

The starting price of your listing is very important, once on person has bid other interested buyers are likely to start bidding so ideally it is best to put a lower starting price and put a reserve on the auction (if you need to meet a certain price).

eBayer to Get 20 Years.

May 16, 2008

An eBay seller may be sent to jail for 20 years after pleading guilty to the charge of selling pirated software. The SIAA (Software & Information Industry Association) has taken 26 people to court over selling pirated software on eBay so far in 2008. The seller has also been accused of identity theft and mail fraud and could be fined $500,000 (£250,000).

SIAA investigators discovered he had created over 40 fake eBay and PayPal accounts using other people’s bank account details and passed them on to the US Department of Justice. This guy clearly knew how to make cash with eBay, however his methods were dishonest.

Man Lists Wife on eBay

May 15, 2008

A man has put his “slag of a wife” for sale on eBay.

The man, Paul Osborn, discovered his wife had been having an affair with a co-worker and in revenge put his wife on eBay for just over $1m. The couple had been married 24years and had two children together before Paul was informed his wife was cheating on him. His wife denies this and has reported him to the police for harassment.

Craigslist Countersuit

May 14, 2008

Craigslist have launched a countersuit against eBay accusing the auction giant of unfair competition and trademark infringement. eBay last month accused Craigslist of diluting its shareholding by around 10% in order to reduce eBays influence over the company. The Craigslist countersuit is based around eBays Kijiji craiglist clone.

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