Friday, June 1,2012

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A federal judge refused to dismiss claims from a class action that claims eBay monopolized the market for payment systems used in online auctions.
The auction site allegedly raised fees and shut out payment-system competitors after acquiring PayPal in 2002.
The class claimed eBay has made PayPal the only viable option for sellers, and therefore sellers have to pay fees to eBay both for listing and selling their products and for using PayPal.
eBay’s accepted payment policy prohibits sellers from asking buyers to contact them for additional payment methods or from asking buyers to use a method a seller did not include in their listing, according to the class. If it believes a seller violates the policy, eBay removes seller’s listings.
In January, U.S. District Judge James White disagreed that the class tied its claims of attempted and actual monopolization to eBay’s acquisition of PayPal.
The class instead tied the claims to the continued modification of eBay’s accepted payment policy. This included prohibiting payments through Google Checkout in 2006; doubling PayPal Buyer Protection in 2007, which allegedly eliminated buyer protection for non-PayPal transactions; requiring sellers to accept electronic payments in 2008.
eBay moved to dismiss claims that the alleged tying between eBay and PayPal harmed competitors, which Judge White denied in an unpublished order Tuesday.
Earlier in this litigation, the judge gave the class leave to amend its allegations, referred to as “tying claims.”
“At the hearing on this motion, plaintiffs clarified that the tied product market is narrower and is defined as the national online payment services market for use in online auctions. Plaintiffs also clarified that they allege that the tying product market is the national online auction services market,” the judge wrote.
Because the class narrowed its definition of the “tied product market,” the court concluded that the alleged tying arrangements could have had a significant effect on commerce, and the plaintiffs’ facts “cross the line from possible to plausible.”
eBay also moved to strike paragraphs about its acquisition of PayPal in 2002, and of Verisign in 2005, which Judge White denied.
The class claims the disputed paragraphs “demonstrate the historical progression of the eBay/PayPal business empire, a necessity for later proofs.” “Although Plaintiffs do not explain what these later proofs might be, on this record, the Court cannot say that the allegations have no possible bearing on the issues in this litigation,” Judge White wrote.

LOL! Rap-star John Donahoe:  The disruptive sensation that’s bleeping the nation

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John Donahoe ebay CEO policies hurt sellers and let scammers get free stuff. ebay sucks. paypal sucks

Wall Street Whitman: California’s Future Isn’t A Game

Don’t forget to check out the embeddable Meg Fail video playlist on youtube.

On a more serious note, Meg’s campaign/purchase has been exposed as having used “Sock Puppets”.  Hardly a surprise for anyone who has used ebaY or seen the Fake Town Hall video, which is in the above  playlist. For those of you not familiar with the term Sock Puppet, basically it’s a paid liar.

There is also talk of criminal activity among former business associates, lawsuits,  “Black Budgets”, coercion, double-crosses, a want and a a will to harm Google, misconduct/misbehavior of ebaY personnel at the highest levels during Meg’s tenure.

All sorts of sleazy, revealing things. You can only laugh.

Ridendo Dicere Severum

ebay buys congress

by thejollyrogerreturns

Ebay buys congress. Members of senate and house of representatives paid as much as $6500 each, some paid twice. Full list in this video.

No, Komrades, you may not see OUR papers!

EBay Blocking Discovery In Antitrust Action: Sellers

New York (April 30, 2009) — EBay sellers who filed a putative antitrust class action against the online auction company have claimed the company is blocking access to electronically stored documents by refusing to use certain search terms in querying databases.

The plaintiffs filed a motion Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California asking the judge to order eBay to apply the plaintiff’s proposed search terms…

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Redux – THE END of eBay (2009)

Learn the REAL TRUTH about ebay

Excellent paper/blog post by Richard Bilderberg.

This appears to be a follow-up to THE RISE AND FALL OF THE eBay REICH.
If you have not read that yet, please download and read it.

This is a long, in-depth article, well written and researched. Much like it’s predecessor, it should be considered a MUST READ for all ebay users or prospective ebay users.

Since this is so lengthy,  nor am I trying to steal anyone’s thunder, I shall post here only the very first couple paragraphs:

The Community is made up of members, buyers and sellers, as well as staff.

You’ll find that respect and communication are the cornerstones of a dynamic Community.

The Community is guided by the following five fundamental values:

We believe people are basically good.

We believe everyone has something to contribute.

We believe that an honest, open environment can bring out the best in people.

We recognize and respect everyone as a unique individual.

We encourage you to treat others the way you want to be treated.

eBay is firmly committed to these principles. And we believe that community members should also honor them—whether buying, selling, or chatting with eBay friends.”

From Joseph Goebbels’ Speech on Adolf Hitler’s 49th Birthday (April 1938):

“The Fuehrer has probably never had so many happy people gathered about him for his birthday as in this year. […]And beyond our borders, millions upon millions of our ethnic clan join with the citizens of the Reich in a unique affirmation of loyalty, connectedness and faithful attachment. The highest form of joy there is on this earth is to make other people happy. Who has had this joy in fuller measure than the Fuehrer himself. I truly believe in the goodness in everyone, a fruitful environment, shared values where the individual strives and grows, within a great community.”

Now for the comedy part. LOL! As I looked for the exact URL of this Redux article, I got only one search result. That was on the ebaY Community Forums of all places. Thread title: “Meg Whitman on Business Culture”  But not surprisingly, the thread had been deleted even though it appeared to contain no violations, as I was lucky enough to find the cached page. Here that is preserved as a png document should anyone care to read that themselves.

The PINK – is Posting Board slang for eBay employees who are readily identified by their PINK banner. They have unlimited power to make decisions and never have to justify them. PINK also stands for 'Powerful Individual with No Klue'.

Every time we see something like the above screencaptures illustrate, it adds even more weight to papers such as Redux – THE END of eBay (2009)

Boycott ebaY & PayPal!

How much I love ebay…




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