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eBay Employee Layoffs as New Price Match Rolls Out

eBay Layoffs 2018

eBay layoffs cut it’s workforce by a so-called “single digit percentage” which may not sound like a lot. But even a single digit percentage is a lot when you have over 14,000 employees around the world. Apparently their bottom line is hurting! 🙄 As the layoff word spread through cyberspace – eBay rolled out a…
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Act Of Kindness Earns Man New Nissan Altima

Act Of Kindness Earns Man New Nissan Altima

Rapper Offset wrecked his new Dodge Challenger in Atlanta. It was a bad wreck. But J’Mmar Coleman came upon the accident scene and got Offset out of his totaled car. From Jalopnik: According to the 26-year-old Offset, J’Mmar was the only one to help after the crash. He got Offset out of the car, checked…
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PDR Paintless Mobile Dent Repair NOT A Scam

Paintless Dent Repair

CBS Affiliate WHNT News 19 warns consumers to be aware of ‘mobile dent repair scams’ in this article. WHNT quoted an old 2015 article from KomoNews. Maybe CBS Affiliate WHNT News should have researched the paintless dent repair (PDR) industry first before embarrassing themselves. 😆 Being a former used car dealer i know the PDR…
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eBay Buyer Return Shipping Fraud Another Seller Scammed

eBay Buyer Fraud Example

Another case of eBay buyer fraud recently surfaced. This seller sold a set of speakers. As it often happens the buyer claimed the item was defective. Seller paid for return shipping and received a small bubble-mailer envelope. When he opened the package it contained a pair of well worn smartphone earbuds. Fortunately this seller has…
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Problems Reported With eBay My Garage Feature

Topic "My Garage" Motors Community Forum

eBay my garage is reportedly having problems according to the motors community forum. Members are saying they are unable to remove vehicles from their eBay my garage. Another says “Something went wrong. We’re sorry.” according to the poster. Apparently from what I’m reading the feature was upgraded. Don’t they beta test new features before rolling…
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eBay Gift Card Nissan Maxima Scam Hooks Car Buyer

eBay gift card car scam

Another buyer fell victim to a Craigslist / eBay Nissan scam. As Doc says, beware of a too good to be true deal. There is no “Bargain Used Car” with free shipping! 🙁 From ABC11 Diane Wilson: One scam caught Ashley Lucas off guard, and she is now out $2,500. She spotted a 2009 Nissan…
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eBay Subdomains Hemorrhaging SEO Backlinks

search.ebay.com Dead Subdomain not redirected

Site changes have left these two subdomains unlinked from the sites DNS wasting oodles of previous back-links that could bring in sales. Even a hobbyist like Doc knows dead links are a no-no for serious webmasters. 🙄 “Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at search.ebay.com”. C’mon guys.. This is beginning webmaster SEO stuff….
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Seeking Alpha Article: eBay Time Is Running Out

eBay Earnings Report Q1 2018 Seeking Alpha

Make no mistake: eBay (EBAY) is heading for a wipeout in the not-too-distant future. The company’s latest Q1 results reveal a platform that’s struggling to be relevant to users. Poor forward-looking guidance indicates management’s future uncertainty. Published by Seeking Alpha’s Gary Alexander. “eBay shares have lost about 5% since posting disappointing Q1 results. But the…
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Theirs An ASS For Every Gift Card Used Car Buyers Seat

Gift Card Car Scam Example

In the used car business it’s often said. Theirs an ASS for every seat! Using gift card’s to buy used cars is a certain scam, you will lose your money! After nearly 14 Years this website has warned consumers of used car scams.. but.. 🙁 Good people looking for that extra special good deal fall…
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FBI IC3 Car Scam Warning 2018 – Don’t Be A Victim

FBI IC3 Car Scam Warning 2018

Fraudulent Online Motor Vehicle Sales. The Federal Bureau Of Investigation IC3 is warning used car buyers to beware of internet fraud. Scammers are still, after all these years, praying on consumers looking for a bargain automobile. As an update to I-111414-PSA, released November 14, 2014, the FBI is issuing additional information and warnings regarding the…
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eBay Removes Vehicle Mileage From Search Queries

Example CarGurus Vehicle Listing Mileage Included

After taking a drive over to eBay Motors community forum, this topic caught my eye. Mileage of Vehicle not Displayed in Search Results Any More. Doc read the topic and decided to do a comparison between eBay and CarGurus. Recently Ebay removed the mileage of a vehicle from the search results page so now you…
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PayPal Holds $1000 Wisconsin Car Dealers Money

1986 Dodge Conquest Technica Starion

Newly registered eBay used car dealer sells this rare 1986 Dodge Conquest Technica. (Dodge branded Mitsubishi Starion.) Seller collects $1,000 Deposit by PayPal, who immediately put a 21 day hold on sellers money. Seller is rightfully upset. PayPal is covering their own butt making sure the deal is good and the buyer isn’t using a…
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PayPal Partner In Buyer Return Fraud With eBay Inc

PayPal ChargeBack NOT Safe For Sellers

Last week eBay announced it would be partnering with Adyen for marketplace payments. Doc wonders if PayPal is dumping eBay Inc because of marketplace buyer fraud? Doc has witnessed many consumers who lost large sums of money to PayPal ChargeBacks. Adyen probably has no idea what they are getting involved in leaping into bed with…
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eBay Ditching PayPal For Adyen Payments

eBay Chooses Adyen For Marketplace Payments Processor

Wonder what’s behind eBay dumping PayPal as it’s major payments processor? It is being reported Dutch company, Adyen will be the new payments processor for marketplace payments. Possibly PayPal is concerned about being a partner in eBay buyer return fraud? We’ve read horror stories about how sleazy eBay buyers are stealing money from eBay sellers…
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