I respectfully disagree with your opinion that eBay
lies, the software and system records the transaction whatever it might be. I would agree that the eBay
system is manipulated by people looking to take advantage of others. I view this exactly the same as I do an income tax system, a government benefits system, a computer system or a network. Ultimately people will seek to exploit the system often while taking advantage of others. The underlying issue is greed and exploitation. eBay
can be criticized for being complicit by not doing good vetting of account holders but truthfully I am not sure that anyone would use the service if they had to pass on the costs of what it would take to actually do good account vetting. eBay
can also be criticized for an incredibly lame feedback system which is also exploited by many.
And one of the reasons that systems often tend to get complicated is that as people spend time figuring out ways to exploit it, more layers are added to prevent the exploitations. It is a cycle that loops around and around all driven by exploitation.
Lastly if one wants to look for corporate evils, eBay
is not much different than Google, Amazon
, Facebook, or Twitter (except that eBay
is a mom and pop compared to those companies). The evil is that they are using our personal data, and access to our data, without being transparent or taking care.
The seduction is that it appears 'free'. Every single time a person searches on Google they ring the cash register. Every online search, every online click, every online visits is exactly the same as a bee coming back to the bee hive after visiting a flower. The bee keeper is offering the empty hive for 'free' but the truth is that the bees are duped into making money for him. eBay
is also doing this, selling our data. Folks like to complain about eBay
fees or their change in their terms and conditions but they are missing the point. Like the duped bees, they are being distracted from how eBay
is selling, trading our data.
For example like many people who have read this thread, I clicked on and visited the eBay
link for this moronic listing. Within a few hours, I had an 'offer' sitting in my Inbox from the seller. eBay
has no qualms about using my personal access data as a profit center. They can use it, they can allow the seller to use it, they can allow 3rd parties to use it. And then those 3rd parties can sell, trade or give away the fact that I visited that link, I like stamps, I like Halloween stuff, I like postcards, I am willing to make online purchases, I am active online at certain hours, I am located in a certain part of the country, etc. I think that this is the bigger issue; we are allowing our personal access data to be monetized without a second thought.