Comments: WARNING

This ebay scam is well known and was covered in a newspaper artical. There is even a pay pal scam.

Posted by Satish Bhardwaj at August 11, 2005 03:02 PM

That's one thing I've never understood. The feedback mechanism is open text, why do people feel the need to leave those meaningless "A+++++++" comments?

Perhaps eBay need to offer some other suggestions that are more meaningful; "delivered promptly, item in good order" for example.

Posted by Gordon at August 12, 2005 02:59 AM

Gordon, I agree. It's part of the point I'm making, that the community has grown stilted, with the pressure for perfection (or something just terrible is the alternative) where the expressions of that perfection are stilted too, and not terribly creative. I think it adds to the problem they have with this, as well as creating other problems. People are not all perfection, we are flawed. I find eBay community expression very very strange in it's manifestation. Because we don't normally interact this way in real life. I can't see it lasting. Eventually it will either cave under the pressure, and change to a healtheir state or blow itself up.

In fact, the friend who got taken said that when they spoke on the phone with eBay security, they all but admitted this is happening everyday, and they can't seem to stop it right now. That does not bode well.


Posted by mary hodder at August 12, 2005 07:49 AM