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Popcorn Skull Auction

July 19, 2008

eBay seller ryglvn2000 has put a piece of popcorn which he claims looks like a human skull for auction on eBay. The man’s wife found the popcorn during a trip to the cinema. Unsurprisingly although the auction has attracted a lot of attention there are no bids.

Sword sold on eBay

July 19, 2008

The BBC is reporting that the samurai sword which was swung at an officer was purchased on eBay. The court heard that the man threatened the police officer and had to draw his gun. This follows my article on the sale of knives on eBay. Richard Hartin from Country Antrim was charged with GBH amongst other offenses but released on bail.

Name a rat on eBay

July 19, 2008

eBay seller styior is offering the chance to name his pet rat. Styior was unable to think of a name for his new pet so thought he’d let someone else choose it. The winning bidder will receive a certificate proving the rat has been named. As usual with these weird auctions it has attracted a lot of attention, however no one has bid.

eBay and Buy.com

July 18, 2008

eBay and online retailer Buy.com have announced a deal which will allow Buy.com products including books and DVDs to be listed on the auction website without paying the normal eBay fees. The move comes after research showed people are more interested in fixed-price listings rather than online auctions.

This move is likely to upset smaller sellers, and could potentially cause irreparable damage to the eBay community

Public Toilets for Sale

July 18, 2008

American city, Seattle has put five of its self-cleaning toilets on eBay starting at $89,000 each. Reasons cited for the sale include that they have been used by drug dealers and prostitutes. The cost-effectiveness has also been called into question.

The toilets were installed in 2004 and cost around $5m. Features include an emergency services button, automatic doors and graffiti resistant walls. As of yet the luxurious toilets have received no bids.

eBay profits rise 20%

July 17, 2008

Despite the much-hyped credit crunch eBay still managed a 20% increase in profits for the quarter ending 30th June 2008 (Q2). The worlds largest and most popular online auction site made $568m (approx £285m) profit with revenues up from $1.8bn (£900m) to $2.2bn (£1.1bn).

The profits will come as a surprise to most sellers who staged a protest at the auction giants recent actions; attempting to force PayPal in Australia, banning negative feedback for buyers and a change in their search.

Recently appointed CEO John Donahoe was unsurprisingly happy with the results and admitted not everyone was happy with the changes he had made stating “When you have 84 million active users, anytime you make a change, someone is going to be upset”.

Insolvency firms to sell on eBay

July 17, 2008

BDO Stoy Hayward have announced they may consider selling off company assets on eBay. The worlds fifth biggest accountancy network may use troubled F1 team Super Aguri’s assets as a trial. Administrators were hoping to sell Super Aguri as a going concern (that the business will continue operating in the future) however the creditors chose the option of liquidation and BDO were called in.

Perfumes banned from eBay France

July 16, 2008

eBay has failed in its appeal against a French court ruling disallowing the sale of perfumes by unauthorised dealers. The French court made the judgement last month which means that Givenchy, Kenzo, Christian Dior and Guerlain perfume brands may not be listed on the site without authorisation from the companies.

It must be noted this includes items that have been received as unwanted gifts! If eBay fails to implement the ban immediately it will be forced to pay 50,000 EUR per day.

eBay stops digital download auctions

April 3, 2008

Today eBay announced a new policy to stop the selling of eBooks, mp3s and software. This is, in my opinion, a good move by eBay who have been criticised in the past for allowing the sale of digital downloads. There have been instances of free software such as Paint.net being resold on eBay, clearly this is not right and the action taken by eBay should, hopefully, stop anything like this happening again. It will be interesting to see how legitimate amature authors, who sell their work on eBay, react to this.

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