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  • How Much Lower Until Facebook Finds A Bottom? Lower Than You Think [View article]
    One of the inate problems with Facebook is that it just doesn't really serve a truly useful purpose. It's window dressing and hype.

    Why would I need to go to Facebook to see a major retailer, when I can just go to their site directly?

    I can send emails to people I know, directly, and guess what? You can add pics to an email.

    I can use portions of Yahoo, and Google without being made to "JOIN". And Apple produces tangible, for real products.
    Aug 17, 2012. 08:31 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Unintelligent Investment? Gauging Facebook's IPO Through The Lens Of Graham And Dodd [View article]
    I don't get it. Why can't people just admit that Facebook serves no truly useful purpose, that people made a mistake jumping on the IPO bandwagon, and that they bought into a losing proposition.

    Aren't persective investors supposed to be responsible for doing research PRIOR to buying.

    The incessant whining over Facebook and its socially challenged founder has run its course.

    WHINING accomplishes NOTHING, accept to get on the nerves of TRUE adults.

    Learn form the debacle, and move on.
    Jun 3, 2012. 07:31 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obama‚Äôs Compensation Limits Amount to Zip [View article]
    My one comment regarding the rationale of needing to pay top dollar to retain the best people:

    If the company is tanking, you obviouslly DID NOT HAVE THE BEST PEOPLE!

    The best is unwilling to settle for SLOP!

    The best is unwilling to undermine the security of their country!

    The best do whatever it takes to be truly successful!

    The best hold themselves accountable!

    The best do not make excuses!

    The best are capable of basing decisions for long term good!

    The best see no reason to lie!

    The best do the right thing!

    I saw very little of the BEST.

    I have seen alot of mediocraty. I saw laziness. I saw a misguided belief set that America had retained a post WW2 cutting edge. I saw a blatant disregard for employees. I saw a blatant disregard for reality. I saw greed. I saw cowardness and an unwillingness for anyone to take a true stand.

    This meltdown may be the best thing that has happened to America.

    We have very little choice but to face reality now.


    No one took anything from us. WE GAVE IT AWAY!
    Feb 5, 2009. 09:57 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • eBay: First Quarter Looks Rocky [View article]
    Walmart is doing OK. Ebay "should be" too, but isn't. Poor management thought to reinvent the wheel.

    Well, it did get disrupted.
    Jan 22, 2009. 01:21 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Will Become of eBay? [View article]
    My, my, ..The country is poised on financial collapse created by the shortsighted greed driven business practices of the past 20 years. The writer of this article has the audacity to keep talkin' sh*t.

    In light of the economic climate, one would think that Ebay would be having upwardly spiraling record breaking numbers.

    WHY NOT?

    How much bail out money do you suppose the American people are willing or even able to absorb? The writing has been all the wall for a very long time. Why didn't the experts notice?

    Yo, Ebay, the offshore call center for paypal, need extensive overhauling they have no idea what a caller is talking about . And even though I resent having to pay to call an American based company in order to be understood, it's a small payoff for giving me better documentation.
    Dec 22, 2008. 09:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is eBay's Strategy Working? [View article]
    Overall, it does seem to me that the Stock Market and continued bail outs are a unavoidable proof that the modern way of doing business HAS NOT WORKED WELL.

    Everyone keeps talking sh*t and throwing around business jargon that the average person has little understanding of. They do though understand that the supposed retirement investments that "The Big Boys" sold, in a manner that was once reserved for snake oil have lost approximately a third of the value that they showed last year.

    We as a society deparately need to return to simpler people oriented values. We need to relearn the value of hard work and to approach work matters in a less greed driven manner.

    America has very little real industry left. Our Automakers are poised to go belly up. These supposed leaders of business have acted out in the realm of fantasy believing that this is the same America as it was at the end of WW2. They have operated in a very short sighted manner, by outsourcing the very jobs that would have paid for the American cars and mortgages. I fail to see any real moralistic differences in how John Donahoe approached his stewardship of Ebay. Meg Whitman and the supposed beloved Pierre were on board with the changes. They rolled out BEORE Meg retired.

    I had considered selling on Ebay. I chose not to, because their were far too many risks involved and no recourses open to me if a problem occured.I have a degree in business. I was able to access things properly. I am by and large against the use of jargon. I believe that ti is very important to be understood by as large a range of people as possible. It is far too easy to disguise reality and far too easy to give numbers any sort of appearance that you would like the public to believe.

    Walmart is doing exceptionally well, all things considered. Ebay should, by any stretch of the imagination, growing by leaps and bounds within our depressed economy.

    I still buy an occasional item on Ebay, but have noticed that the "opening bids" continue to spiral upwards. I find it to be aggravating to have to click out of Best Match ALL THE TIME.

    I don't need to have a reminder about leaving honest feedback. Had Ebay been so concerned about my "buyer experiance" as they profess to be, the rude pigs that I fought with last year would no longer be on the site. They would have also offered some non automated responses to my concerns. If they were so concerned about proper customer care the 1-888 Paypal call in center would have customer service reps who were fully capable of understanding the language that I speak. I would be given real answers and not be forced to incur the costs of making toll calls in order to speak to someone who fully understands my language and to also aid me in proper documentation of said conversations.

    I also don't really need the continual expert commentary, again couched in jargon terminology. Regardless of however the "experts" choose to spin a story the proof will be, as it always has, in the pudding.

    Again, check out the stock market, the chickens are coming home to roost. If it gets REALLY, REALLY bad has anyone read census reports about respective populations of America compared to China? HUGE mistakes have been made.
    Dec 15, 2008. 08:45 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • eBay's Donahoe Has Crow for Thanksgiving [View article]
    etsy also has vintage items and artisan supplies.
    Nov 28, 2008. 01:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • eBay's Donahoe Has Crow for Thanksgiving [View article]
    It is also possible that for the long term, it suits Ebay to have the stock tank. If they are able to buy back all the stock to re-become a private company, they gain an additional layer of protection since there would be no need to have any announcements made in the public arena.

    Going public spreads the financial risk away from the company to enable growth. Thay have never paid a dividend and are cash rich because they do not bear the costs involved in maimtaining an inventory.

    They have everything to gain at this juncture by going back to private.
    Nov 28, 2008. 10:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • eBay's Donahoe Has Crow for Thanksgiving [View article]
    steve577, not necessarily. One of the rudest people I have dealt with is still selling. I was threatened by the boyfriend of the registered user. Their percentages stay high enough that the behavior still goes on. I look them up ocasionally and they are still in business. This particular store has ignorant people invoved who are unable to communicate in a rationale manner if any problems crop up. They routinely threaten people with legal action as a form of intimidation. I don't believe that the boyfriend was expecting to discover the level of fight that he received from me.

    I'm honest.The package was sent but the ill bred sellers left themselves wide open for me to successfully file a claim with paypal by not properly shippiing their package. I do hope that they appreciated that I didn't follow through.

    I know whereof I speak. I was one of their customers. Ebay was unwilliing to offer me any form of assistance because it would have meant riskiing their no risk venue status.
    Nov 28, 2008. 10:34 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Paypal Holds Sellers' Funds Hostage [View article]
    chitto, have you ever wondered what it might be about Ebay that seems to spur on all of these "near slanderous" remarks?

    Usually, I have found that where there is smoke, the fire tends to be following very closely behind.

    Maybe, Ebay should become a bit introspective and re-evaluate the causes of such supposed venom.

    A message to the sellers:

    What is stopping any of you from researching and finding out about the legalites of what you complain about?
    Nov 10, 2008. 11:52 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • No Christmas for eBay Sellers [View article]
    Everyone should look on the bright side. As Ebay falters the prices gotten for antiques and collectibles will rise to proper values because of lessened availability.
    Oct 20, 2008. 05:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Would an eBay Layoff Impact Sellers? [View article]
    Well since customer service is essentially non existant, unless you are producung substantial numbers, a cut here would be irrelevant.
    Sep 15, 2008. 11:14 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • eBay: Triple Whammy Weighs on Stock Price [View article]
    Tuffy, I have a degree in business, honor grades and decided against Ebay when the policy changes began. There were absolutely NO PROTECTIONS for the seller. There was no risks for Ebay.

    I'm glad you do well. I hope that non of the disgruntled target you with misplaced revenge. If this occurs, will Ebay back you up? Will paypal?
    Do you have these guarentees in writing?
    Sep 9, 2008. 03:31 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • eBay Launches, a Social Values Marketplace [View article]
    I have never understood the American mindset of treating their own like crap, while doing a show of global compassion?

    Sep 3, 2008. 01:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart vs. eBay: Which is a Safer Stock to Own? [View article]
    Yo, Ebay++++,

    Thank-you for recognizing my linguistic skills. I do hope you view it as a bit more impressive when I tell you that I don't utilize spellcheck because I find it lacking.

    I do believe that it is important to invest the time into doing something well because first impressions do count and are what you will be judged by.When someone doesn't want to waste time to do something properly I find myself questioning the possibilities that slop work is the norm.

    I also find it interesting that you feel that you were being discussed. I mentioned no names.

    Quality and the time spent to achieve it does ensure that mistakes are dealt with in a timely manner. It may take additional time to achieve but long term has little to fear from the levels unwilling to waste time. Ultimately, people willing to expend the energy needed to do something correctly put less effort into achieving success.

    After we have taken the additional time in creating a flawless foundation, we can rest and wait. The slop work produced by people unwilling to waste time will inevitably begin to show the flaws and mistakes. At this juncture, quality will be able to kick ass, exerting very little additional effort.
    Sep 2, 2008. 08:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment