how would you improve ebay?

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  1. Milhouse

    Milhouse Senior member

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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?
     


  2. zissou

    zissou Senior member

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    Scrap it and start over.

    I now use only the local news station's free online classifieds. It's so much easier all around.
     


  3. apropos

    apropos Senior member

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    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.
     


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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     


  5. cold war painter

    cold war painter Senior member

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    how would you improve ebay?

    Thermite.




    Seriously though, two or three companies able to mount reasonable competition would probably sort everything out.
     


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    eztantz Senior member

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    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.
     


  7. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Let me leave a neg for those paypal scamming, non-paying, time wasting motherfuckers again. God I miss that feeling.
     


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    Helix Senior member

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    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
     


  10. cimabue

    cimabue Senior member

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    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).
     


  11. spencers

    spencers Senior member

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    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
     


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  13. cimabue

    cimabue Senior member

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    Ebay owns Paypal
    Understood. But they function separately. 'Scrape them off their shoes, I say.
     


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    butterflystyle Senior member

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    Understood. But they function separately. 'Scrape them off their shoes, I say.

    Ebay owns Paypal
     


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    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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