No Credit Card? No Problem — EBay Is Now Going After The Under 18 Crowd

No Credit Card? No Problem — EBay Is Now Going After The Under 18 Crowd

Kids under 18 are all over the Internet — Facebooking, Twittering and generally being on top of all things technological — but one big thing they’re not allowed to do on the Word Wide Web? Shop. Teens without credit cards have prevented retailers from carving out a definite piece of the money pie in that market, but eBay is planning to change all of that soon. [More]

Man’s Tireless Search For His Stolen Car Pays Off 42 Years Later When He Spots It On eBay

Man’s Tireless Search For His Stolen Car Pays Off 42 Years Later When He Spots It On eBay

Dogged determination and persistence in the face of likely failure paid off for one man, who never stopped searching for his 1967 Austin Healey 3000 after it was stolen 42 years ago in Philadelphia. He kept searching the Internet and looking at similar cars to see if his was out there, despite the fact that it could’ve been broken up and sold for parts by whoever had taken it. And then, voila — a hit on eBay. [More]

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Man Sells Video Game Collection On eBay For $1.23 Million

A man in France who sells and collects video games says he has just unloaded his largest collection ever — around 7,000 games — to an eBay customer for a whopping $1.23 million. Let’s just hope the buyer didn’t use PayPal. [More]

Why Am I Being Charged Sales Tax On A XBOX Live Subscription?

Why Am I Being Charged Sales Tax On A XBOX Live Subscription?

Victor found a great deal on an XBOX Live 12-month subscription card from Buy.com, but was surprised to see that the company charged him sales tax. No other online vendors that he tried charge sales tax on the cards––which are, after all, more of an intangible item, akin to a gift card. [More]

Here Is Your Chance To Buy A Chicken McNugget That Looks Like A Zombie

Here Is Your Chance To Buy A Chicken McNugget That Looks Like A Zombie

When you look down at your fast food meal, you don’t expect to see the terrifying, misshapen face of a zombie staring back at you. But that’s what happened to a McDonald’s customer in New Jersey, who could have just gobbled the offending nugget and never thought of it again. No, this nugget is bound for greater things. They’re selling it on eBay. The bidding currently stands at $2.75. [More]

PayPal Bans You For Life, Won’t Tell You Why

PayPal Bans You For Life, Won’t Tell You Why

During his misspent youth, Jake’s PayPal account was frozen. He tells Consumerist that it was due to “suspicious activity” that he knew nothing about and that Paypal/eBay never identified. He was never able to prove his identity to their satisfaction, and PayPal apparently didn’t want a no-good ruffian like him as a customer. Even if they never told him what it was he did that was no good. Half a decade later, as a responsible adult with a real job and a good credit score, he bought something on eBay and set up a new PayPal account to pay for it. Not so fast, Jake! They shut down this account, too, and blocked his credit cards from use on eBay…and still won’t tell him why. [More]

Judge Allows Payment Monopoly Lawsuit Against eBay/PayPal To Proceed

Judge Allows Payment Monopoly Lawsuit Against eBay/PayPal To Proceed

When you go to the eBay Seller Information Center section about how to accept payments, there is no mention of any other payment service than PayPal, which as you likely know, is owned by eBay. This oh-so-close relationship is at the core of a lawsuit against the online auction site. [More]

Couple Faces $700 Tab For Listing Copy Of Rosetta Stone They Didn't Know Was Pirated

Couple Faces $700 Tab For Listing Copy Of Rosetta Stone They Didn't Know Was Pirated

A Washington state couple thought that when they found a copy of the pricey Rosetta Stone language-instruction software in their late nephew’s belongings, they could sell it on eBay to help pay for his headstone. Instead, they are now being told they owe hundreds of dollars to the software company because the copy they listed is allegedly pirated. [More]

Fraudulent eBay Buyer Leaves You Minus $1000 And A MacBook Pro

Fraudulent eBay Buyer Leaves You Minus $1000 And A MacBook Pro

Earlier this month, Jacob sold a MacBook Pro on eBay. His buyer appeared to be in Australia, but contacted him after payment and asked to have the computer shipped to Indonesia. Since he’s both a Consumerist reader and a person with a functioning brain, Jacob was wary of this change, suspecting some kind of fraud. He called up eBay to see what he should do. The customer service representative told him that he needed to mail the laptop, or it would negatively affect his seller account. So he sent it along, then heard from eBay less than 24 hours later that the buyer’s account had been compromised. You don’t say! Now Jacob is out both a laptop and the $1,023.74 payment. [More]

Invoking eBay Buyer Protection? Don't Use Multiple Accounts

Invoking eBay Buyer Protection? Don't Use Multiple Accounts

Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea for De to purchase a diamond ring over eBay. But the site does have protections for buyers, and is notorious for siding with buyers in the case of a dispute. Just not in his case. Even though he got to deal with one of the rarest of beasts: an actual eBay employee over the phone, asking questions about the item using one eBay account and then using another to make the purchase was too much for eBay to understand. [More]

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over eBay's Automatic Bidding System

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over eBay's Automatic Bidding System

Back in January, we told you about the eBay seller who had filed a lawsuit alleging the auction website’s automatic bidding system was preventing sellers from getting the maximum amount a bidder would have been willing to pay. But earlier this week, a judge dismissed the proposed class-action suit. [More]

Another Seller Swears Off eBay Forever

Another Seller Swears Off eBay Forever

There was a time, around approximately 2001, when eBay was a global marketplace where you could easily and efficiently unload items with any market value that you wanted to get rid of. Now, it’s more of a global flea market full of scams and villainy. eBay and its old accomplice, the U.S. Postal Service, worked together to make Keith’s old iPhone disappear into the ether. [More]

eBay Says Selling Download Codes Is Copyright Infringement

eBay Says Selling Download Codes Is Copyright Infringement

Stephen buys Blu-rays, but has no use for the free Ultraviolet download codes that come with the discs. So he turns around and sells them on eBay, because, hey, money! Only eBay shut down his last auction, claiming copyright infringement. Copyright infringement? In our brave new world, just because you purchased something and are holding it in your hand, that doesn’t mean you can sell it. Apparently. [More]

Please Join Us In Welcoming Your Worst Company In America 2012 Sweet 16!

Please Join Us In Welcoming Your Worst Company In America 2012 Sweet 16!

The floor of the Worst Company In America BattleDome is stained with the blood of the vanquished. But only one company can earn the privilege of placing the WCIA Golden Poo in its trophy case, so the violence must continue. [More]

EBay Dubs Booze "Incidental Contents" If You're Selling Collectible Containers

EBay Dubs Booze "Incidental Contents" If You're Selling Collectible Containers

Hello, officer! Why yes, this is a jug of moonshine, but that’s not booze inside. It’s “incidental contents.” That’s what eBay calls liquor if you’re trying to sell it,¬†but don’t try auctioning off that pack of wine coolers you bought while drunk last week. There’s an important disclaimer you’ve got to include if you’re shilling booze — er, incidental contents. [More]

Here It Is, Your Lineup For Worst Company In America 2012!

Here It Is, Your Lineup For Worst Company In America 2012!

Welcome to Consumerist’s 7th Annual Worst Company In America tournament, where the businesses you nominated face off for a title that none of them will publicly admit to wanting — but which all of them try their hardest to earn. So it’s time to fill in the brackets and start another office pool. That is, unless you work at one of the 32 companies competing in the tournament. [More]

Should I Accept $10 From eBay Seller To Remove Negative Feedback?

Should I Accept $10 From eBay Seller To Remove Negative Feedback?

Consumerist reader Ed recently had a rather unpleasant experience with a merchant on eBay, so he did what many of us would do — he posted a negative review detailing his problems. But then the seller reached out to him with a proposition. [More]

How I Lost $470 To A Vindictive, Abusive, Extortionist eBay Buyer

Justin used to sell on eBay until policy changes made it a more favorable marketplace for buyers than for sellers. But he still has his account and a good feedback rating, so he’s helping a friend sell off some gold coins worth a few hundred bucks each. They’re shipped UPS with signature confirmation and full insurance. The coin itself goes inside a plain envelope, placed inside a sealed cardboard UPS document mailer. This plan worked for 25 shipments, until the buyer from hell wandered into Justin’s life. [More]