In my retirement, in Australia, my hobby is poking a stick at the criminal enterprise known as eBay (aka “the eBafia”); a most amoral, unethical, unscrupulous, (and generally incompetent) criminal organization that should be the subject of a serious audit by those authorities that are charged with protecting we simple consumers from such unscrupulous commercial entities. It really is about time some competent authority shone a bright light under this slimy rock and did something about eBay’s deliberate criminal facilitation of the rampant shill bidding fraud being perpetrated by unscrupulous professional sellers on unsuspecting buyers. Ditto to the clunky, unscrupulous PayPal (aka PreyPal).
Upon receiving my Masters degree in Music from Connecticut's Hartt School of Music, I took a job at a local Friendly's serving ice cream, where I perfected the disgruntled, comatose look, as seen in the photo at left. As a first-time participant in the American economy by way of fast-food, I noted the vileness and squalor into which our country was plummeting.
Now, as an SA commentator, I look forward to multiplying my earnings, once I get some, and settling down as a prime member of society, living out my remaining years in the luxury every red-blooded American deserves.
I currently live in a barn with my saxophones, watching America decline around me.
Investing is long term for me. I am a set it and forget it type of investor. In the late 90's I probably did 10 - 12 trades per day. Currently I only hold 8 stocks with 5 of them having been held since the 90's. In January of this year I added a stock with 80.3% gain, in April another stock with a 40.2% gain and finally a stock in August with a 334.9% gain. These 3 stocks will more than likely remain in my portfolio for a decade or more also.
Karen Webster is one of the world’s leading experts on emerging payments and a strategic advisor to CEOs and Boards of multinational players in the payments and commerce space. As the CEO of Market Platform Dynamics, she works extensively with the most innovative players in the payments, financial services, mobile, B2B, digital media and technology sectors to identify, ignite and monetize innovation. Ms. Webster also serves as a member of the board for several emerging companies and helps these innovators develop and implement business strategies that drive market adoption for their products and services.
Dinah Balk is a bankruptcy paralegal who specializes in Chapter 7 & Chapter 13 bankruptcy. She owns a small firm, Florida Bankruptcy Services, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, and has been in business for many years. On weekdays she spends her time preparing bankruptcy petitions for both pro se clients and attorneys.
But there’s another side to Dinah – the fun side. On weekends she turns into a beachgal, hops into her little blue beach jeep, and heads out to enjoy all the wonderful things Florida has to offer. She loves to swim with the dolphins, soak up the sun on her favorite beach, and sail into the sunset .
Disclosure: Dinah has no interest in eBay or any of its subsidaries.
Scot Wingo is the CEO of ChannelAdvisor. ChannelAdvisor is a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions that enable retailers and manufacturers to increase the scale and profitability of their global sales through dozens of online channels including Amazon, Google, eBay, Facebook and more. Scot’s previous company, AuctionRover, was acquired by GoTo.com and he was not only active in the online auction/ecommerce world at the start, but also saw the birth and rise of paid-search. Scot is the author of the book, eBay Strategies, and when not busy with his day job, Scot blogs at eBay Strategies, Amazon Strategies, CSE Strategies, Search Marketing and Facebook Commerce Strategies.