I must say that I was initially somewhat impressed by this research study (PDF direct download) from ebay, found today on the Harvard Business Review blog.


Using what appear to be genuine, accepted methodology they have produced results which seem to indicate that spending money on paid search with Google and Bing keywords is not such a bargain. Whether the results are truly valid and/or will remain so in such a fluid and dynamic environment are another thing. I have no doubt this is bound to create a hullabaloo.

The study is authored by eBay Research Labs economists Thomas Blake, Chris Noskos, and Steve Tadelis, presumably all ebaY employees, not independent researchers. Read the Harvard Business Report blog here.

It looks like ebay and Google (and msn/Bing?) are getting ready to rumble (again). More on that later.

A couple other things to consider is that ebaY is a company that doesn’t understand the difference between negative and neutral, that a five star rating system is not a binary system, when a bidder does not pay, that is not a successful sale, nor that feedback is more than just an advertising buzzword, a talking point, a revenue generating device, a control/coercion device, or a cheap and dirty trick through which to cheat their members, and bamboozle Wall Street, but an integral part of any dynamic system and/or device.  I could go on and on …

Don’t even get me going about ebay’s own pathetic search engine. LoLz!

These types of things have led to a serious decline in credibility (among users and paying customers) of anything which ebaY purports, as their actions and behavior regarding nonsensical policies, statements, frenetic site changes etc have reached epic proportions.

I’m not so sure that ebaY understands what the word science means. I think they spell it $cience

I’m sorry, to have to delve  into whimsey, it’s just too hard to take anything they say seriously after all there has been.

There is one Universal constant which sleazebay can count on:

Science does not remove the terror of the Gods. ;p

Update march 15, 2013:

I see the seo blogosphere is beginning to react to ebay’s study. Which reminded me of this little collage of actual ebay adwords from Google search that I put together way back in 2006 which demonstrated ebaY’s fine use of adwords. It is also featured in one of my youtube videos.

I could not let this go by without sharing. Opens in a new tab or window. Enjoy! ;p


Not surprisingly, the cross scripting, xss,  and/or flash manipulation scam is alive and well on ebay, this time documented by a casual observer.  This has also been documented time and again by myself and others on Youtube BTW.

For those not aware, these ID stealing flaws, through careful research, have been shown to exist uncorrected on ebaY for as long as 11+ years now.

What’s even more alarming: you don’t need to actually sign in to any phake login page to have your credentials stolen, thanks to the cookie stealing variant of this hack.

Top that off with the fact that ebay’s own policy is to blame the user/victim.

Numerous comments at my youtube videos also indicate that victims are treated poorly and unprofessionally by ebaY’s customer service reps.

Important facts to consider when choosing online shopping or even surfing destinations.


Ebay scam redirect camper van

Uploaded by on Jun 8, 2011

hi, im not even a ebay member, but was looking at camper vans, if its to good to be true it probably is, dont be foolish and loose your details or money, thanks for watching. can you trust this site, i think not. thanks for watching. please remember if you do buy something like this you part with your money you will have no comeback, yes thats right, do your checks aa rac whatever, dont part with your money on the descriptions(important) alone on this site you could end up with a pile of poop. hpi only shows recorded accidents, not accidents repaired by other means, so get it checked. dont believe these lying scum.


Update: for whatever reason that video has been removed. Anyone wishing to see it can leave comment below and we shall make it available from the Mighty Cappnonymous Archives

For entertainment only.


This seems to be from 2007. Very revealing. Note that all the troubles Meg speaks about are worse than ever now.

I think what strikes me most, other than the amount of lies, failure and hypocrisy now readily apparent,  is Meg’s appearance.  She is looking very run down these days.

by AuctionBytes

September 30, 2010

eBay CEO Meg Whitman talks about seller issues, including customer service issues,
multi-channel selling, and eBay’s recent Trust & Safety initiatives. Whitman discusses the Summer Relief promotion that lowers Final Value Fees and indicates it’s something eBay may possibly make permanent. June 2007

Moving on, the Meg Vs the Maid scandal is heating up, with atty Gloria Allred producing a ‘smoking gun” in the form of a 2003 letter from the Social Security administration, which Meg’s husband Griff Harsh has allegedly annotated, instructing the housekeeper to “please check this, Thanks”

Unfortunately the video, entitled “Lawyer:Meg Whitman is a Liar” has embedding disabled, please go watch it though.

Here is a article which details everything pretty well.

Readers here may also want to view this:

Meg Whitman Vs Gloria Allred Good Morning America Interview

and this, where we find that indeed, Meg is no Einstein. LOL!

Observations on Meg Whitman in the California Governor’s Debate

Yet more cross scripting flaws discovered on PayPal site(s)…

From Softpedia, via xssed.com

Two security researchers have independently identified cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in PayPal’s mobile and sandbox websites over the weekend, which could have been exploited in phishing attacks.

The XSS weakness on the registration.sandbox.paypal.com website was discovered by a member of the Romanian Security Team (RST) outfit, who goes by the online nickname of Nemessis.

article continues…

One vulnerability is confirmed fixed.

Please take note who is researching and reporting, Romanian bashers…

This reminds me of another incident which happened a while back. Also, If you haven’t been paying attention, it’s been reported that several smartphones are vulnerable to MITM attacks

Surfing through youtube videos I spotted this revealing laugh from the past. I couldn’t help but notice it’s the perfect metaphor for ebaY / Meg Whitman failure. Not only is it for the defunct ebay express site, but it features all the things we know about ebay and Meg; ridiculous TV ads, cheap trinkets, pompousness, blatant daylight theft, illegal, dangerous, erratic behavior, wreckage, explosions, disaster… lmao …need I go on?

But the other part which struck was that ebaY’s current path began long ago, and has failed time and again.

Read these 2 ancient news articles:

October 9, 2001 4:05 PM PDT
eBay makes move for fixed-price future
March 22, 2002 1:10 PM PST
eBay’s Half.com integration hits snags

As you’ll clearly see, the ill-conceived notion to become Amazon was hatched during the Meg Whitman regime.

“Last month, eBay, which bought the fixed-price trading site in June 2000, backed off earlier plans to eliminate the Half.com site and rename it eBay Express Buys.”

As for the “Disruptive Innovation” which, under John Donahoe, is currently destroying ebaY/PayPal and causing it to become among the world’s most reviled corporations, that too was a creation and plan by none other than Meg Whitman.

See her mention Disruptive Innovation and tell us all that “Failure is Okay.” in the (embeddable) Meg Whitman Meg Fail video Playlist or directly; here.

Now I’m really laughing!

Who could imagine?

The long uncorrected xss flaw rears it’s ugly head again!

Auctionbytes reporting that falle-internet.de has again discovered listings with the malicious coding, this time with a virus twist.

The most important and telling quote of the article:

“They used javascript and java to address a known vulnerability; user’s computers were affected by just viewing the respective listings,”

See that part about “…just viewing the respective listings…” ?

That is one of the main reasons I advocate avoiding ebaY at all costs. Another is that they BLAME the USER for their own failures! Furthermore, they refuse to correct the flaw! Make no mistake, ebaY is a dangerous, untrustworthy, and dishonest website. Of that there is proof beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt!

ebaY is HACKED! Yes! ebaY is still HACKED!!!

Here is the report, with screencapture images, in English at falle-internet

My research indicates this issue has been onging at ebaY for about 10 full years now. Perhaps not under the same name, but indeed cross-scripting has been exploited on ebaY since before it even had that name. Ebay has been aware of the issue for that long also.  Since looooong before the US-CERT warning was posted. Bear in mind there are many variants of this exploit possible to use. It’s been used also for the redirects, and for cookie-stealing etc. The possibilities are only limited by the hacker’s imagination and ebay’s steadfast refusal to secure it’s festered site

I’ll be posting another video demonstrating the +/- 10 year longevity of the xss flaw on ebaY before long at the Cappnonymous channel