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how would you improve ebay?

post #1 of 33
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There are so many threads on here complaining about Ebay. Yet, there is free competition from Craigslist. Why is Ebay still so widely used? Why hasn't everyone switched to Craigslist? Is the regional nature of Craigslist a deterent?

What would you do to make Ebay better?
post #2 of 33
Scrap it and start over. I now use only the local news station's free online classifieds. It's so much easier all around.
post #3 of 33
Mandatory death penalty for seller/buyers who scam.

And not the American 'death penalty' dragged out over multiple appeals and many decades mind you. When I say 'death penalty' I mean Chinese death penalty, which is served, oh, maybe 30 mins after conviction via a single bullet to the back of the head. Which is then billed to the perp's family.
post #4 of 33
Craigslist is great, and I browse it often, but it's really only useful for selling items with wide appeal at relatively low prices. Furniture, for example. But I can't imagine higher-end men's clothing would fare well, except maybe in the largest of cities. Other such niche items take the reach of a major auction site. Unfortunately, eBay effectively has a monopoly on that market. The other sites have too little traffic to make them worthwhile.
post #5 of 33
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Originally Posted by Milhouse View Post
how would you improve ebay?

Thermite.




Seriously though, two or three companies able to mount reasonable competition would probably sort everything out.
post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by cold war painter View Post
Seriously though, two or three companies able to mount reasonable competition would probably sort everything out.

+ 1

Why did google checkout never take off - they have the capability to put ebay/paypal off the map.
post #7 of 33
Let me leave a neg for those paypal scamming, non-paying, time wasting motherfuckers again. God I miss that feeling.
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post #9 of 33
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post
Let me leave a neg for those paypal scamming, non-paying, time wasting motherfuckers again. God I miss that feeling.

+1

I'd also allow the options to pay via different payment methods not just Crappy Paypal
post #10 of 33
Very simple.

Cut PayPal loose.

They are, 1.) unprofitable and 2.) annoying to everyone, including the people at Ebay.

They don't want to be in the consumer transaction business and, well, they hate you, too.

And let's face it, the cozy little trust between Ebay and PayPal is probably illegal anyway. Did you know you can't take a check or money order for your transactions now? You have to use PayPal.

Pull the trigger Ebay, you know you want to (and no court in the world would convict you for doing so).
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by cimabue View Post
Very simple.

Cut PayPal loose.

They are, 1.) unprofitable and 2.) annoying to everyone, including the people at Ebay.

They don't want to be in the consumer transaction business and, well, they hate you, too.

And let's face it, the cozy little trust between Ebay and PayPal is probably illegal anyway. Did you know you can't take a check or money order for your transactions now? You have to use PayPal.

Pull the trigger Ebay, you know you want to (and no court in the world would convict you for doing so).

Ebay owns Paypal
post #12 of 33
Auctions only!
post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by spencers View Post
Ebay owns Paypal
Understood. But they function separately. 'Scrape them off their shoes, I say.
post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by cimabue View Post
Understood. But they function separately. 'Scrape them off their shoes, I say.

Ebay owns Paypal
post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by cimabue View Post
Understood. But they function separately. 'Scrape them off their shoes, I say.

yeah i don't think you understand the huge benefit that ebay has having it's own payment system, where they can charge you whatever the hell they want and operate in as poor a way as they want. notice how paypal is the only method of payment allowed now? mention that you accept MO's in your auction, and it will be pulled.

workout the amount of money that ebay is making per sale, including what they get from listing fees + final value fees + paypal fees. their cut is enormous, in part because they own the payment system.
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