... meanwhile, in a different part of the forest... watch?v=I87v4Oc0PE8 LoLz! chopped_240

Does any of this have a familiar ring to it?

 

 

 

 

 

Markers for Stage 4

  • A series of silver bullets: There is a tendency to make dramatic, big moves, such as a “game changing” acquisition or a discontinuous leap into a new strategy or an exciting innovation, in an attempt to quickly catalyze a breakthrough – and then to do it again and again, lurching about from program to program, goal to goal, strategy to strategy, in a pattern of chronic inconsistency.
  • Grasping for a leader-as-saviour: The board responds to threats and setbacks by searching for a charismatic leader and/or outside saviour.
  • Panic and haste: Instead of being calm, deliberate, and disciplined, people exhibit hasty, reactive behaviour, bordering on panic.
  • Radical change and “revolution” with fanfare: The language of “revolution” and “radical” change characterizes the new era: New programs! New cultures! New strategies! Leaders engage in hoopla, spending a lot of energy trying to align and “motivate” people, engaging in buzzwords and taglines
  • Hype precedes results: Instead of setting expectations low – underscoring the duration and difficulty of the turnaround – leaders hype their visions; They “sell the future” to compensate for the lack of current results, initiating a pattern of over-promising and under-delivering.  Initial upswing followed by disappointments: There is an initial burst of positive results, but they do not last; dashed hope follows dashed hope;  The organization achieves no build-up, no cumulative momentum.

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In what can only be described as an earth shaking accomplishment, ebay has…  (more…)

Just spotted this:

As a seller, you can now hook into the power of social media right from your eBay profile. Link to your Facebook fan or profile page, and embed YouTube videos. Plus, buyers see a larger profile image and larger images of items you’re selling.”

One more small failure for ebay, one epic laughing facepalm for the interwebz

I can’t even keep a straight face. Oh my, this one is as bad as it gets. My brain is on reboot from the hilarity.

I guess things like “ebaY Now” and whatever the last big gimmick weren’t enough, or lame enough, or didn’t fail fast enough?

One thing I didn’t see was any catchy name. Maybe they’ll call it Facebutton? How about MyLikes? Ebaked?

Ebay isn’t exactly a social site.

Disputes and anti-social behavior rule the day there. Not just from the users, but from the people who run it.

 

 

Can something be extinct before it's even born or created?

Where do these types of things keep coming from? Strange beasties they are, in an even stranger landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Genesis of Lameness and Failure

Are they created, hatched in the Garden? hmmm. head scratching moment…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ebay braintrust committeeBy a committee?

Do they evolve? Do they first ooze and then slither from some Donahovian swamp?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

snake oil pitchman

Ah yes,  slither… that’s it… hmmm… slither, to move with with a sinuous motion…

Insinuate, as in to interject yourself, with sinuous or serpentine motion…

No one wants or needs ebaY to be trying to worm in between you and your [friends] trading or business partners, especially where they are not wanted, needed, or have any business to begin with.

Snakes…. snake oil…. criticism… What forbids us to tell the truth while laughing? yeah, now we’re getting somewhere, kind of.  Still need caffeine.

This is hardly the stuff of cutting edge concepts here… will they be stealing someone’s patent? Or borrowing? Leasing? Oh my, I’m back on reboot.

Whatever… I’m sure there’s plenty of yes men types who will hail this birth as some sort of miracle, giving glowing toadies to Donahoe. Ebay will send press releases to the usual rubber stamp reporters…

 

Ebay may claim to have a lot of world class, MBA or PHD types but they sure have a lot of learning to do. And there’s still no way to ever take them seriously.

Word of ebaY’s big plan to “gamify” auctions has finally been noticed by the ebaY community and ebaY-centric blogs.

Both at the ebaY community forums and auctionbytes blog the reactions seem incredulous.

Of course, the ebaY forums policy was strictly See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil, as the  thread topics were deleted, perhaps due to the criticism which would have been unleashed?

I’m not so sure that playing games in a world where feedback is one-sided, 5 star rating systems are in practice binary pass/fail, where anything less than 5 is fail, and where you are required to lie to play the game, or where there is an epidemic of fake and stealth ID’s and more things are broken than work, is going to be very appealing?

Then there’s also another creepy element mentioned: facial recognition. That’s a big Orwellian skin-crawling fail in it’s self.

ebaY, Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.00 …

 

 

Who could have ever imagined all this?

Uploaded by on May 10, 2010

Complete with fun maps, cards, horns, clickers, tricks, spinner and monkey timer!

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

 

 

Dance, Monkeys! Dance!

A curious post appeared on ebaY’s Seller Central forum recently by a person representing himself to be John Delson, an ebaY employee with the Seller Development dept. Needless to say, it was quickly removed..

Auctionbytes  posted a blog regarding the issue, (where the same John Delson  person chimes in again in the comments area BTW). Ebay spokespeople issued staunch denials both there and at a board upgrade forum at ebay community forums.

Before you acknowledge or discount this as a legit message from alleged ebay employee John Delson, please consider the infamous ‘memo’ from 2008 and note how many of the things mentioned there came to pass, as well as how many similar things were then mentioned.

Here is a full page screencapture of the cached google page from that thread, reduced to 640 pixels (opens in a new tab or window).

Now the full text preserved from that cached page.

message from (former) eBay employee

Aug 24, 2011 01:20 PM

  • Reply

This is John Delson, an employee for eBay, Inc.

I know this will get me fired, but I am walking out today, so it does not matter anymore.

I work in the Seller Development department .

This department handles the future of how eBay members list, how they sell, what they sell, detailed seller ratings, feedback, etc.

Just about anything you do with selling is regulated with this department.

I’ve been with eBay for over 9 years, and I am one of the longest working employees in this department.Many others have left, or have been terminated, due to being “lenient towards sellers”.

Anyway, I want to bring up some key points that were discussed at the last “work shop”.

This workshop meets for about one hour on every Wednesday. This work shop consists of several “upper level” eBay employees, and from time to time, John Donahoe, president of eBay, will stop in to make sure everything is “up to snuff” (as he puts it).

Anyway, after all the wrong doing eBay has done to sellers, what was discussed today was the final “straw that broke the camel’s back”, after posting this, I’m walking out after 9 years of putting up with eBay’s unfairness to sellers, non sense, often immoral (bordering illegal) policies that I personally have had to develop and implement into the eBay website.

The upcoming event, will be the final “nail in the coffin” for many eBay sellers, however I want to get this out here ahead of time, so you can prepare for it. This was actually going to be announced one week before being put into place.

 On October 1st, 2011, eBay, Inc, on ALL eBay country locations (.co.uk, .jp, .com, etc) will be ending the auction listing format.

After October 1st, 2011, all auctions will cease to exist on eBay, in favor of Donahoe’s plan (more on this later).

 As you many know, we at eBay implemented a 9% final value fee on shipping costs.

Our official statement was released to the public stating it was done to prevent excessive shipping charges.

In reality, eBay was suffering profit losses, and this fee was a must in order to keep a positive income.

We understood that this would make a few sellers upset, this is why we also announced a new fee structure, and gave sellers 50 free auction listings.

This was done in order to keep our company looking untarnished for investors of eBay shares. We wanted to make more money from sellers, but keep them on here at the same time.

 Many of you may wonder why eBay allowed numerous sellers from China to list on the eBay.com website.

 We did this because:

-. Not only can buyers from china purchase things from eBay China, buyers can now purchase things from china all over the world. China is a largest seller, and allowing them more search exposure would increase our fee income, and increase our GMV.

 – It undersells sellers from other countries, and allows China to be the leader in sells for eBay.

 Now you may be wondering why John Donahoe wants to get rid of auction format.

Here are some of the reasons that were mentioned at today’s workshop:

 – When buyers bid, they are not purchasing unless they win.

– The more buyers purchasing, the higher our fee profit is from sales.

– Time wasted bidding, is time that could be used for buying.

So there you have it, from the words of John Donahoe himself.

 There will be another update released in February 22nd, 2012, that will get rid of small and medium volume sales.

 eBay is tired of small sellers, because:

 -They can’t self sustain themselves, and tie up our customer support system.

– They often list junk, we don’t want to look like a flea market.

– They make us fees, but not enough for it to be worth them on our trading platform, due to all the issues they have.

 On February 22nd, any one selling on the eBay website, will have to have at least 7,500 items in stock and ready for shipment.

-This number may increase.

– Sellers will have to submit proof of inventory, any documents proving they own the inventory, and (maybe) pictures of inventory.

– This will not apply to sellers who currently sell at least 5,000 items a month, since their selling volume is generally enough to satisfy our per-seller fee goal.

 Well, that’s all I have to say, its been a unpleasant 9 years at eBay, and I hope all sellers reading this will take proper measures to ensure their success on eBay.

 Thank you for your time, and good bye:

John Delson

Employee, eBay, Inc.

Sellers Development Department.

Hilarious!

This is the end result of disruptive innovation.

get free items ebay

I don’t think the Genie is going back in the bottle.

But don’t worry; ebaY has found a new way to get more “wallet share” from the buyers too, this time via secret experiments with the bidding increments.

Does ebaY really seem like a good place to try and buy or sell at?

 

Then and Now.

It’s hard to tell which one is the comedy!

Interview w/ eBay CEO John Donahoe. EBayers demand Strike! 2

Uploaded by machinegunkelly111 on Feb 10, 2008

(auctionbytes interview, this has some of the ‘noise’ comments BTW)

Now fast forward a little over 3 years…

ebaY CEO John Donahoe Interview April 2011

Uploaded by yours truly,
April 20, 2011