Feeds

Support for proposed eBay strike fades

Boycott 'not taken seriously'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Reducing security risks from open source software

ebay watch logo Hacked off eBay users are threatening to launch a week-long boycott of the auction site from Friday.

The "strike action" is due to take place in response to recent increases in fees introduced by eBay. Unrest among some eBayers has led to vocal comments being posted on eBay message boards, threats of people leaving the auction community and almost 24,000 people signing an anti-eBay petition.

However, doubts remain about just how effective the strike action will prove to be. Quizzed recently by industry analysts eBay execs said they were unsure whether the strike woud even go-ahead.

And a straw poll of eBay's top "PowerSellers" by American Technology Research found that "there appears to be little interest in the reported eBay sellers' strike". Certainly none of those surveyed said they planned to take part in the boycott and didn't take the threat of strike action seriously.

The feedback also suggested that despite changes made by eBay, the auction site's top sellers appear to show little sign of ditching eBay and striking up new relationships with other auction sites that have tried to exploit the divisions within the eBay community. This apparent loyalty to eBay comes amid continued fears that fraud continues to pose a problem for genuine traders.

Earlier this month eBay was forced to cut some of the fees it charges sellers in the US and Canada after being stung by criticism over fee increases coming in to force on 18 February. Within weeks, the auction site reined back some of its proposals after claiming it was "listening to you, our Community".

In an email to customers, eBay North America president Bill Cobb promised to improve customer support, banish annoying and meaningless automated responses and cut fees for listing some items. ®

Related stories

eBay backtracks as it cuts some fees
World Cup 2006 'abused for mega-surveillance project'
US hit for $548m in fraud losses

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.