From the official statement at the ebay ink site and elsewhere:

“Lorrie has led eBay Marketplaces through significant fundamental change as we drive a multiyear turnaround strategy to enhance the shopping experience for buyers and sellers and evolve eBay as a global ecommerce and mobile commerce leader,” said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. “For personal family reasons, Lorrie made a decision to do what’s best for eBay and for her family, and I respect that. I wish her the very best and thank her for many contributions to our company and our nearly 92 million active eBay users.”

I think we all know that the ‘family time’ excuse could well be a euphemism for ‘other’ things, whatever they may be. Maybe it’s just me but something about the phrasing of that may tell us something; He mentions doing ‘what’s best for ebay’ ahead of ‘her family’

Now from the article at

RBC Capital Markets analyst Stephen Ju said that Norrington’s sudden departure is not a good thing for eBay.

Remaining executives including Donahoe will have more work running marketplaces for the time being – and that’s if eBay’s explanation for her departure is taken at face value.

“The other interpretation is that she might be held responsible for what the management team admitted will be a slower turnaround than they originally thought,” Ju said.

At any rate, Ms Norrington didn’t seem to me to be enhancing ebay’s prestige too much. I feel, she shall be remembered by users chiefly for her misconduct; the epic shoes and honesty fail, and repeated disregard for the very policies she created and oversaw, as well as for her potty-mouth.

I’m really only left wondering who is next?

Oh the Horror!

Chop! Chop!

How much I love ebay…




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Lorrie Norrington Steps In “IT” at ebay Live

I first learned of this situation reading a post at auctionbytes blog, “Disconnect at eBay as It Moves toward Amazonification” on 06-21-2008

“During the keynote session, Lorrie Norrington spoke about cherishing small sellers like Denise from good-dog-jack, and relayed her experience of buying a pair of shoes on eBay and then selling them to a buyer in France. It would appear they still want those eBay-like experiences, but on an Amazon-like platform.

It has been revealed that Ms Norrington lied- either in the body of her listing, or else at the speech where she tried to use her shoe sale to talk about “Trust” at ebay Live! 2008 in Chicago.

It is also obvious that she failed to disclose her status as an ebay employee. Further, it is clear that she was a deadbeat bidder on at least one occasion, having earned a negative feedback for that.

Anyway, this was also posted about on ebay forums, where they deleted that post in record time, but not fast enough. It made it into a couple more threads and to auctionbytes before it could be buried. Yet we know that ebay tried to bury that. It also went “POOF” from the cache at google in the blink of an aye. Very strange indeed.

Here is the original listing url:
Tod’s Women’s Loafers New in Box Size 7.5 (EU Size 3)

screencap of that listing

The discussion at ebay forums where I found the screencaps used in the video.

Screencap of that thread

The feedback profile 200 results page of ebay member westie0721 (148)
screencapture of that 200 results page

screencap (Note that I use Firefox browser with Greasemonkey extension and ‘ebay Hacks’ script, which adds 2 new tabs to feedback page and opens toolhause negs in a new frame on the same page.
(You may also note that ebay feedback only goes back so far now, depriving users of the entire profile BTW.

here is the feedback received page

Screencap of another discussion of the issue on ebay forums
Ebay employee has auction and doesn’t identify them as employee?

I really don’t have much more to say about this.
I think the video says IT all. ;p