Sunday, February 24, 2008


The eBay boycott by sellers and buyers has suceeded in cutting down eBay's sales, so many are planning to keep up the good work - NO BUYING, SELLING, OR OTHER ACTIVITY this next week of March 3 - 9 as well.

The eBay boycott is working -This was the original message - with the dates now extended, and a new link to the eBay message board here -EBay buyers and sellers - Join the EBay strike - February 18 to March 9 - don't cross the virtual picket line! SPREAD THE WORD!

EBay has raised fees to its sellers and changed the terms.They are upset and are calling a strike - no buying, selling, orother activity from February 18 to 25! Help sellers and buyers - join the strike! EBay is a huge business which helps people to buy and sell on theinternet. It enables many individuals to earn a living or supplement their income with a small business they can run from home, whether homebound, a student, single parent, disabled, etc, etc. Medium sized businesses also use this venue. It benefits buyers and the environment by effectively recycling used goods, frequently at lower prices than are found elsewhere. It is a resource which should not be run for huge personal profits, yet it charges these small business people fees which are too large, as does its affiliate, PayPal, also a huge business.

Buyers are concerned that the strike message may not get out to enough people to make a difference - so do what you can to spread the word. Help this local economy to thrive and support all its members and clients.

A SELLER'S MESSAGE:I wanted to make you aware that I, and 1,000s of other eBay buyers and sellers are participating in a boycott of eBay from Feb. 18-25th. Many are leaving eBay for good. We are upset because eBay is raising Final Value Fees again (from 5.25% to 8.75% for auctions, from 10% to12% for stores) and because they are requiring sellers to leave ONLY positive feedback for all transactions, even if they were scammed by a buyer. Buyers will still be able to leave positive or negative feedback. I hope you will be able to join the boycott. To find outmore about it:

You can also Google eBay boycott for more info.

A BUYER'S MESSAGE:Feb-14-08 9075 of 9081I am a buyer - my seller directed me here and to u-tube forinformation: (and others there) about the strike. I will absolutely support it, and tell anyone I know who uses eBay to tell their friends and maybe their sellers.I will sign the Petitions on Line: also

EBay is an important public service and should not be used for profiteering. The sellers and buyers need to have a say in how it is run.Good luck in getting the word out.I will try to get my local community radio station to carry a news item about this and will send a news item to my local Indy Media(online news source, anyone may post). Why not post to your local Indy Media?Go to for a list of them.

A NEW MESSAGE with LINKS:The boycott seems to be working Report Feb-22-08
messageID=2009434037&#2009434037(see attached graph)As a buyer, I have been well treated by most of my sellers, and upport their ability to make a reasonable profit. I also supporteBay's right to a reasonable profit, but it seems they are after megaprofits, and are taking too much from sellers and obstructing their ability for self defense against, in particular, scamming buyers..... I'm going to continue boycotting next week, as well.
EBay auction counts 2/17-2/23by Mara Saturday Feb 23rd, 2008 11:25 PM. . . . . .* * * * ** * * * * * * * * * *

Note: Charts indicate eBay's listing totals dropped during the boycott week from 14,000,000 plus to 12,000,000 plus--about a 19%-20%decrease. Can the next boycott drop it another 19%-20%?
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