Here’s the latest ebaY sales promo to hit folks’ (read: Buyers) email inboxes. Found posted on the ebaY forums.

No Receipt, No problem! Sell it on sleazebay!

ebay's latest promo defies common sense and ebay's own policies

As you can see, this is a recipe for disaster. The very first thing ebaY will want… (more…)

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SACRAMENTO, CA – The FBI said a Sacramento-based shoplifting crew stole more than 17,000 items from retailers over the past four years and sold the merchandise on eBay for more than $3 million.

The long-running criminal enterprise came to light last fall when an REI employee noticed dozens of items stolen from REI listed for sale by a single eBay seller.

Read more, or cut straight to the video.

eBay Feedback Profile for jyoung1007_20130411_640c

The video shows this shooting star level seller, jyoung1007 (10612) rated 99.4%. Now NARU, or Not A Registered User. Their feedback page shows activity right up until April 9th 2013.  On both feedback received and left.


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I see this has been posted by auctionbytes, and most certainly worth paying careful attention to.

I won’t go into all the gory details here. I’m not advertising. Basically a couple more sites have been found peddling ebay /paypal accounts, and more. If you want to see the names of the sites this time etc , go read auctionbytes.

One site “claims to have a technical team that specializes in programming, coding, scripting that knows how to give you a fully working eBay account to get you back on track selling your merchandise.” and invest(s) a lot of time and money into Research & Development. We keep ourselves up to date and we maintain the highest quality services,”

They are having a big sale! Price reduced from $375 to $299.

Sadly, it’s not the first time, nor the only sites where this type of thing has been discovered.

This is telling in a few different ways.

It reminds s us, that no matter what, ebay and paypal cannot be trusted. You don’t know who you are dealing with, and neither do they!

(Don’t forget either the Paypal User Agreement, in section 1.3: Identity Authentication states “…PayPal cannot and does not guarantee any user’s identity.”)

It’s not bad enough that anyone can sign up as many accounts, using fake names and credentials as they please per ebay rules, but you can buy established accounts, both ebay and paypal. Indeed, entire fake personas with which to conduct supposedly legitimate business?  Do you buy that?

Is there some incongruity to that logic?

Now why would anyone need that?

On top of that, even paypal employees recognize and admit that the majority of their users are signing up with fake info. I pointed that out not long ago on the overlooked CAPP forum:

“As a customer service rep for PayPal, I understand the frustration. I also understand online buying/selling online is a risk. Unfortunately the statistics show that 74% of all people prefer to use a alias name online to hide their identity.

I spend the majority of my shifts talking with frustrated buyers, and sellers, who are opening accounts with fictitous names and addresses.

We do not have a face to face business, and all is fine until a customer has a issue. When compiling customer information, we find out that they used bogus info. We usually flip the coin on a dispute towards the person who has a good history, and who has not given made up info.

paypal customer service w employee commentIf you open a PP account using false info, and file a dispute, unfortunately we cannot just say o well you lied to us, and now we trust everything you tell us regarding your transaction…” (continues)

screencapture of the entire statement at a complaints forum,

But wait, there’s more! You see, even though ebay spokesperson provided a response to auctionbytes:

“We do not support activity that goes against our stated policies, which are in place to help maintain a safe buying and selling environment on eBay.” However, it appears eBay is unable to prevent people from creating accounts for the sole purpose of reselling them.”

That is simply not true!

First, let’s not overlook the obvious! ebay and paypal could do what it takes to register and verify new members at the gate! They could also limit the number of accounts each person or household signs up/is allowed to have. Not doing so works to ebay and paypal’s advantage, at the cost of your safety!

Second, we’ve all seen the extreme censorship which ebay imposes not only on their own site but  clear across the interwebs; the Orwellian lengths that ebay will go to in order to silence critics and bury bad news. Not to mention some of the REALLY sleazy things which surround any ebay criticism. If they wanted those sites down, they would be down.

But again, in ebay’s very own terms or rules we find this, in the main User Agreement, under ‘Using ebay’:

“While using eBay sites, services and tools, you will not:
…transfer your eBay account (including feedback) and User ID to another party without our consent;

So there you have it. They must have ebay’s consent. Obviously this is ebay’s own way of welcoming scammers, people whom have previously been banned for whatever reason, people whom need to use fake ID’s for whatever reasons…

ebaY will quietly let them in the back door, and claim ignorance. The fact remains, ebay and paypal get a cut of every scam! It is in their interest to allow this sort of thing, much like all the counterfeiting etc. Simple as that.

I guess it’s true. Donahoe loves all his children. Even the illegitimate ones.

For anyone who missed out, I recently posted a video demonstrating how ebay has been the world capital of uncorrected critical safety flaws, ID theft and lies for the last 11 years.

Since the days of Meg Whitman, ebay has been nothing but one scandal and cover-up after another.

Everything on ebay which can be faked, gamed, cheated, exploited etc is being faked, gamed, cheated, exploited etcfrom the looks of things. ID’s, merchandise, everything!

Can you feel the trust?



The World’s Biggest Online Crime Ring and Counterfeit Capital of the World again shows their hypocritical nature and demonstrates the fact that they seem to believe they are above the law.

In the article regarding the efencing and  Organized Retail Crime bills now in Congress,  and a Dog and Pony Show-like PR stunt they pulled in our nation’s Capitol,  at the computerworld site:

…It’s unfair to “focus the legislative regime completely purely on the back end,”…

The problem is that ebay profits from both ends. They do little to nothing to ensure goods on their site are not stolen, or even register the user. Even Paypal user agreements offers NO Guarantee of the true ID of your trading partner(s)

It is a well known fact that they depend almost solely on their “community”,  yet ignore the reports, even have been know to stonewall  law enforcement.

As long as ebaY is deriving profits, they are in fact and in practice a partner in crime. Strike that, ebay is an enabler and the hub of crime, THE major player in a massive,  worldwide continuing criminal enterprise. A pimp, a fence, a gangster, a shiny shoed, silvery-tongued thug.

As we all know, ebay fuels a huge illegal industry, anywhere in the neighborhood of $30-35 Billion per year. All consumers are suffering due to this.

What does ebaY do with their share of all the dirty money? I know I cannot be the only one wondering.

On any given day there is report after report after report of stolen, counterfeit, fenced goods etc. A couple notable recent events were the dodo_6666 copy ink efence affair and the ebay LEGO Dr. Phil Show Bandits

There has never been a situation which cried out for regulation as much as this one does. For ebay to even dream of resisting this is a complete, and very telling farce.

Please contact your legislators and insist that these bills get passed. Again, it is time for the laws to catch up with the 21st century. The general public would not allow this outrageous level of crime to be supported/profited from by any pawn shop, flea market, rummage sale etc. Why should we allow it in cyberspace? IT is high time to rein these clowns in and make them accountable for the situation they have helped to create by virtue of their very own inactions and irresponsibility.