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Live Auctions On eBay Will Begin This Week

Ready to raise a virtual paddle at a high-end auction from your computer or smartphone? Earlier this year, eBay announced that it will revive live auctions and team up with fancy real-life auction house Sotheby’s to bring high-end auctions to new audiences. If it works, that could give eBay new income to help the company through its breakup with PayPal. [More]

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Alleged iPhone 6 Prototype That Definitely Wasn’t Supposed To Be Shipped Hits $94K On eBay

UPDATE: It appears as though the original listing has been taken down, as eBay says the seller has taken the listing down because the item is is no longer available. [More]

eBay To Spin Off PayPal So They Can Compete Against Each Other For Worst Company Title

eBay To Spin Off PayPal So They Can Compete Against Each Other For Worst Company Title

For years, we’ve had to lump eBay and PayPal into a single listing in the Worst Company In America brackets. But next year, these two big brands might have the chance to square off against each other for the title, as eBay announced this morning that it is spinning off PayPal into its own publicly traded business. [More]

Ignore The TV Commercials: Don’t Sell Your Old Phone On eBay

Ignore The TV Commercials: Don’t Sell Your Old Phone On eBay

eBay is currently engaging in an ad campaign, timed to coincide with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, meant to coax people who don’t currently use eBay to use the service to find new homes for their phones. Yet people who are frequent eBay users think that this is a terrible idea, and not just because they’re sellers who fear the competition. [More]

Inevitable Black Market For Olive Garden’s Elusive “Never Ending Pasta Pass” Emerges

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If you’re not one of the 1,000 people who managed to get your hands on a $100 “Never Ending Pasta Pass” from Olive Garden that does, in fact, only last for a seven-week promotional period, don’t worry. You can either live your life the same way as before, or you can drop deep into the underbelly of Internet commerce and pay a jacked-up price for one. [More]

StubHub Customers’ Accounts Hacked, Authorities Across The World Investigating

StubHub Customers’ Accounts Hacked, Authorities Across The World Investigating

Didn’t purchase those tickets on your StubHub account? Well, join the club, because numerous accounts on the ticket resale site were recently hacked. [More]

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Ebay & Sotheby’s Announce New Online Marketplace For Art, Antiques & Collectibles

Need a new conversation piece for your parlor? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to own a set of medieval and renaissance manuscripts but didn’t know how to get your hands on a set just like the one you saw on Antiques Roadshow. A new joint effort from eBay and high-end auction house Sotheby’s will bring those antiques, collectibles and art to an online marketplace for shoppers. [More]

Inflatable Sock Patented By eBay Could Change How Consumers Shop For Shoes Online

Inflatable Sock Patented By eBay Could Change How Consumers Shop For Shoes Online

Have you ever ordered a pair of shoes online only to receive them and they don’t fit? Well, to rid consumers of the hassle that is ordering, returning and reordering, eBay has invented an inflatable sock to fit every shoe shape. [More]

900 Stolen Cellphones = $270K Profit + 27 Months Behind Bars For Verizon Employee

900 Stolen Cellphones = $270K Profit + 27 Months Behind Bars For Verizon Employee

I’ll admit that when I worked at Dairy Queen in high school, I might have helped myself to the occasional Blizzard or Hot Fudge Brownie Delight, but I wasn’t stockpiling these soft-serve desserts and selling them for a profit. Alas, I lacked the entrepreneurial spirit of the Verizon Wireless employee who saw the potential for big bucks in pilfered hardware. [More]

Watch Out For This Very Convincing PayPal Phishing Attempt

Watch Out For This Very Convincing PayPal Phishing Attempt

Reader Phil sells on eBay, and has a specific e-mail address that’s only for use with PayPal. The only people he has given this address to are eBay/PayPal itself, and to his customers. That’s why he was surprised to receive a phishing e-mail specifically addressed to his business name and his PayPal address, and wondered where the baddies got it. [More]

eBay Launches Partnership To Offer Full-Priced Designer Clothing

eBay Launches Partnership To Offer Full-Priced Designer Clothing

If you’re seeking a steal of a deal on a pair of designer jeans on eBay, you better look closely. That’s because the online auction site just launched a page dedicated to full-priced designer clothing. [More]

eBay Says Etsy Is Wrongity Wrong To Blame It For Spam Problems

eBay Says Etsy Is Wrongity Wrong To Blame It For Spam Problems

Yesterday, we reported that the craft honchos who run Etsy have noticed an increase in hijacked accounts sending out spammy messages, and they put at least some of the blame on users with the same passwords on both their Etsy and eBay accounts. However, eBay counters that this is not their fault, since unencrypted passwords weren’t part of last month’s account data breach. [More]

Spammers Take Advantage Of eBay Breach, Invade Etsy

Spammers Take Advantage Of eBay Breach, Invade Etsy

When the usernames and passwords of a big, popular site like eBay are compromised, consequences can spread beyond the original site that was attacked. It’s possible that users of selling platforms Etsy and eBay use the same usernames and passwords on both sites, since security staff at Etsy say that they’ve noticed an uptick in spam and account hijackings since the recent eBay breach. [More]

Potential eBay Shills Openly Hawk Their Services On Fiverr

Potential eBay Shills Openly Hawk Their Services On Fiverr

Fiverr is a site where ordinary people can offer a stunning array of products and services to each other for–unsurprisingly–$5 each. It’s a fun marketplace and a great way to make some extra money offering anything from a singing telegram to bundles of ebooks. Oh, and some very open offers to place fake bids on your eBay items. [More]

eBay Asking Users To Change Passwords Following Hack

eBay Asking Users To Change Passwords Following Hack

Another day, another hack attempt on a major online business. This time it’s eBay, which announced this morning that it will be asking users of the online marketplace and auction site to change their passwords following an attack on its system by cyber criminals. [More]

High School Senior Auctions Himself On eBay To Acquire College Baseball Scholarship

High School Senior Auctions Himself On eBay To Acquire College Baseball Scholarship

There are thousands of scholarships available to prospective college students each year. But there are only so many Division 1 athletic scholarships to go around and snagging one of those could be considered an incredible feat. [More]

eBay Brings Back Real-Time Auctions

eBay Brings Back Real-Time Auctions

Would you stop by eBay for a real-time auction of valuable art or collectibles? Five years ago, the company got rid of their live auctions, though they never really made the reason clear. Now they’ve partnered up with Invaluable, a company that handles online bidding for auctions of much higher-end merchandise than typical eBay fare. [More]

StubHub Users Seeking World Cup Tickets In Brazil Stymied By Cyber Attack

StubHub Users Seeking World Cup Tickets In Brazil Stymied By Cyber Attack

Soccer fans (yes, other countries, we know you call it football) in Brazil trying to score resold tickets on StubHub in that country have been blocked from doing so after the site suffered a large denial-of-service attack and shut down. This, amidst the insistence of soccer’s governing body FIFA and the Brazilian government that all tickets to the upcoming World Coup tournament should come directly from FIFA. [More]