eBay – sell it off to history!

Time was when a character in Spiderman said “I could get 20 bucks for it on eBay!” and we laughed. I would say its history now. This article posted on Slashdot indicates eBay has a way over-swollen head.

Not that I have any experience with eBay. And this is where my personal peeve lies. I have not conducted ONE (SINGLE, 1) transaction on eBay – nothing, yet my account has been frozen under their Safe Harbour policy.

Occasionally we will take action if we feel there may be a possibility of unlawful action. However, this is no reflection on yourself, but is taken for the safety of all eBay members. We realise this is most probably due to oversight or privacy concerns, but we need to take these steps to further ensure that eBay remains a safe place to trade.

And again,

… we know from experience that certain items and actions are more associated with fraudulent activity on eBay than others. We reserve the right to suspend a member’s account and ask for further information if we have cause for concern.

It’s our policy never to share exactly what gave us reason to suspend an account as this could tell a fraudulent member how to avoid suspension in the future.

Rest assured that we’re not accusing you of fraudulent behaviour. As it’s our top priority to ensure that eBay remains a safe and reputable place to buy and sell, we’d like to confirm some of the information you’ve given us. Please appreciate that this level of security is designed to protect you as you buy and sell on eBay.

That’s right. Based on the information I have given in my account profile, the fact that I have ZERO activity and their experience in these matters, I may be a danger to eBay and its customers.

Oh well, then. See ya, chump. It was nice trying to do business in your market.

Update, 27/10/2009 – A report on Slashdot regarding conflict over Skype’s code, dated 18/09/2009. On 21/10/2009, the BBC reported that eBay profits continued to fall.

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