After a Computer crash and the demise of civilization, it was learned
Clark Magnuson wrote on Mon, 13 Aug 2007
07:28:18 -0700 in rec.crafts.metalworking :
It isn't just the "gun stuff" ban which is the problem. Where do I
take my other business?
Where do I go for an online auction of older cell phones?
Out of print paperbacks?
Machine tools: mics, calipers, gizmos, widgets and thingies?
That is the "real" problem: Ebay has a natural monopoly on on-line
auctions. Like Google, they won't miss your business, but you will miss
"Quemadmoeum gladuis neminem occidit, occidentis telum est. "
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, circa 45 AD
(A sword is never a killer, it is a tool in the killer's hands.)
Hopefully eBay making their own rules more strict will lead to competition
eventually replacing them. I remember when K-Marts were everywhere and the
only Wal-Mart I ever saw was in Branson MO. Once I got a Christmas gift
from K-Mart that didn't work. My dad found the receipt but the K-Mart said
it wasn't from that particular stores registers. I took the item to
Wal-Mart, they exchanged it without a receipt. Since that time I probably
hadn't made a hand full of purchases from K-Mart, I probably spent more at
Wal-Mart per month than I have in K-Mart for the last 28 years. I'm sure my
business didn't hurt K-Mart, but collectively I think unsatisfied customers
made a difference. Now I see Wal-Mart (and eBay) heading the same direction
as K-Mart was 28 years ago. They thought they were big enough that they
didn't have to care about making customers happy. Hopefully eBays future is
as bright as K-Marts was when they were big!