Ebay is strictly in the business of selling items and getting their take. They do not really care if what for sell is stolen, but they pretend too. They do not care if you had a bad experience, because other choices are so limited, they know you will be back. They basically have a monopoly. The fact they own Paypal should be criminal.
My feeling is that this sort of business perpetuates crime by having a world wide audience for stolen goods. Getting a great deal on Ebay is not worth the crime that it endorses. A few bucks cheaper now is a trade for a less safe and secure world and is no bargain.
Word of advice when using Paypal use the credit card option. The first time I got ripped off, Paypal did nothing for me but send me form letters until they wore me out. When ripped off the second time I worked with my credit card company and got my money back.
I also did not give negative feed back for either bad experience because I wanted my account clean. What does that tell you about the feedback accuracy? Ebay likes clean non-negative accounts and I believe has recently made policies make it more difficult for sellers to give negative feedback. Negative feedback lowers prices and number of sales and hurts Ebay in the short term. Perhaps another auction site will do a better job than Ebay has and work for the long term company and not the short term buck.
Last edited by Baldone; 08-29-08 at 12:40 PM.