Google to Launch Google Auctions Service?

Google set to announce big new operation in Arizona:

Officials in Arizona are expected to announce that Google Inc. will open a major new operation in the Phoenix area.

An announcement, scheduled for Wednesday by state and local leaders, regards a major company locating substantial operations in the state.

Unnamed sources said that search engine titan Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) of Mountain View is the company in question and that its Phoenix-area plans will likely include operations related to online auctions and expanded Internet and technology services.

You have to wonder how this will effect eBay AdWords bidding strategies if a rivalry between them heats up. eBay is one of the most frequently searched terms, and eBay has one of the largest AdWords spends.

Published: October 12, 2005 by Aaron Wall in google


Big Bob
June 22, 2007 - 4:30pm

PayPal and eBay suck and their customer service is non existant. I have been selling via my eBay shop for 5 years and they have made thousands in fees from me. I generally have in excess of 600 items online at any one time and last month PayPal charged back two £400+ sets of alloy wheels and tyres even though the were sent to the registered PayPal address. Apparantly, the customer said he never received them and PayPal don't appear to be interested that I have a signed courier slip. As far as I am concerned this is the straw that broke the camels back. I have cancelled my Direct Debit to eBay and they can whistle if they think they are getting any of the fees I owe them which should just about cover the fraudulent purchases. I have decided to start spending my marketing budget on improving my website ranking and will not be using eBay or PayPal again. COME ON GOOGLE - WE NEED AN ALTERNATIVE TO EBAY AND PAYPAL.

July 5, 2007 - 10:07am

I believe Google is sitting back and waiting for the strike. like a procession assault! I to Johanna on have been suspended. But i got the BBB involved and got a answer from them. They concidered my account high risk. Duh!!! Everyone's account is at risk. I was suppose to be circumventing the system. Even tho i have a business permit as well as virtual terminal thru paypal which i had been verified sense 04. But all of sutton i am not verified and need to get all my credentials, mind you i've just opended a virtual terminal whichs requires you to be verified. None the less i'm going to hell and i'm a Veteran trying to make ends meet. I really Suggest they everyone put a compliant into the BBB that will help some the main office is "2145 hamilton, San jose Ca, 95125-9855 any one can email me i'l l give them the fx and Name and voice phone. Below is what was sent to me from them

eBay Inc.
2145 Hamilton
San Jose, CA 95125-9855

July 3rd, 2007

Re: BBB Complaint

Hello Pcextra (took out my real name)

I received your recent message via the BBB, and am happy to respond to your concerns.

Your account was suspended as a high risk account. When an account has traits common with accounts created to commit fraud on eBay, we will suspend the account until we can receive and review satisfying evidence that the account's intent is not fraudulent.

In the case of your account, we have linked it to other eBay accounts that have been suspended for high risk. The activity on your account is viewed as an attempt to circumvent previous account suspensions, and at this time no appeals will be accepted.

eBay will suspend any account that serves as a risk to the eBay community. It is possible that a Powerseller with 100% may be suspended, but I assure you there is much more than meets the eye. eBay has a presence in many international countries. International law differs from national law in some respects, and law can affect our policies, so it would make sense that national and international policies differ.

Any item that was ended as a result of your suspension was credited back to your account. If there are final value fees that were charged and you never received payment, please let me know those item numbers and I can review them with the buyer to confirm the transaction was not completed. In the case of an uncompleted transaction, I can credit the final value fee back to your account, and refund any credit balance.

David Feil
eBay Office of the President

March 6, 2007 - 5:03am

Hi All

I would also like to see Google start an online Aution site. Over $ 200 in eBay fees every 2 to 4 weeks is killing me.

For now though there is an alternative.

They have low fees. And they seem to be getting the numbers and they have sites in The US, UK, Canada, Aus & Ierland, If every one who is unhappy with eBay start supporting them we will have a alternative to Fee bay!

8lack8ear, Unhappy eBay'er

Doug Phillips
August 27, 2007 - 1:20am

PLEASE Google come out with a service to make EBAY sweat! EBAY curently has no competition and the ebay fees are down right wrong! Google, the market is ready for you!

Thanks, PDUB

July 12, 2006 - 11:38pm

Go Google, is what we need new blood in the colloseum. Ebay has become greedy, and stupid. They have cancel one auction. After I made a claim they told me that it was a mistake., one month later they cancel the same auction and another representativedidn't accept that I was authorized to sell that article. Does anyone knows a good lawyer to make a legal claim against Ebay.
Someone told me that GGoogle will began its activity on August the 1st. Well come Google

Aris Bea
December 21, 2005 - 4:27pm

Please Google start up an online auction/stores!!! eBay NEEDS good competition!! eBay has gotten way too big for its britches and treats it sellers horribly!!! Not to mention the outrageous fees we sellers are are paying for what?? nothing but glitches and TOTAL lack of "customer service"!!!

eBay Power Seller
December 21, 2005 - 4:32pm

Way to go Google!! Get that auction site up and running FAST -- eBay NEEDS to be knocked down a few pegs!!! I have been having invoicing problems with eBay for 17 months now and eBay will not fix the problem!!! We NEED another auction site!!!

December 13, 2006 - 8:19pm

Hopefully Ebay gets the message that many users just aren't happy anymore -- Go google. In the meantime, I've been listing my items successfully on Yahoo, and Auction Sites.

July 30, 2006 - 12:00am

Yes it would be nice to see another large online auction take on Ebay however I'm not sure that Google is going to be the savior most are hoping for. Google is notorious for overcharging for it's adwords, and I don't really see them offering a cheaper alternative to Ebay. They may simply feel they can do a better job than Ebay by integrating their auction site with all of googles other ventures.

I am leaving Ebay soon no matter what as they have once again raised fees. Every time we find a way to make money on Ebay they attack their sellers by charging more.

There is a HUGE opportunity for an auction site that can afford the advertising, hosting, and would not charge nearly as much as ebay does. I can only hope such a site launches soon as ebay has killed my once thriving ebay business.

July 30, 2006 - 12:04am

Google is notorious for overcharging for it's adwords

The ads are sold in an auction format. People bid up the prices. Efficient businesses buy more distribution. Inefficient ones complain. So be it.

Linque D'A2Z
June 25, 2007 - 11:48am

Auctions by Google. Hooray, hooray!!!!!!! Go for it Google and set ebay on their egotistical backside. No service, exorbitant fees is all that ebay offers any more. Customer service is the absolute pits. To make matters even worse, ebay collects the fees and when you sell an item PayPal collect another chunk of change when your coustomer pay for the item. I've been waiting for this so I'll be forever indebted to your online auction business.

Thank you

was ebay seller
July 30, 2006 - 5:55am

Get this, sold on ebay for 4 years 1800 positive feedback and 99.7 positive rating. I was hospitalized and could not get a shipment out for 10 days, four people complained so ebay shut me down, they received their merchandise but I still have not been re-instated. This was my only income, so thank you ebay, I might loose my home now. I have been a loyal customer and like everyone else paid the outrages listing, final value and paypal fees. And this is what I get. GO GOOGLE GO

was ebay seller
July 30, 2006 - 6:12am

Forgot to mention that not only did they shut me down. Because I signed on to my ebay account at my son's, daughters, sister and mother-in-laws computer while on vacation or visiting, they shut all of their accounts down as well, they even shut down my son's girlfriends account down because she used her laptop at our home. Paypal and Ebay need a good joint lawsuit against them.


August 18, 2006 - 4:14pm

As stated above many times...someone needs to come and kick eBay's butt. I think Google has the name/brand recognition, user loyalty, and most importantly the money to open direct competition with eBay. Let's face it, Google usually takes an idea and does something no one ever thought to do with it. I'd love to see Google's take on on-line auctions. I'm sure they could think of a very uniquely "Google" approach to it all. So far Google has Wow-ed me with:

Mail - they invented the 'conversation' grouping, simple interface, built in chat, etc, etc, etc,

Pages - super easy to use online Page Manager, instant publishing, no need for FTP, built in templates, etc, etc, etc,

Spreadsheet - online version of Excel! Who would have thought of something so genious? Only Google.

Finance - draggable stock/fund charts, linking news stories directly to the chart, etc,etc,etc

Maps - draggable, good looking maps, satellite overview, hybrid view, etc,etc,etc

Base - list items for free, get included in Froogle, etc,etc,etc

The list just goes on. They don't really invent. They take an exsisting idea and do it better than anyone else and in ways that no one ever thought of...and here's the best part:


Imagine Google Auctions!

April 16, 2007 - 9:50pm

Ebay has essentially eliminated customer contact; accept for general questions; they could care less about both buyers and sellers!!!
Google has a built in advantage; They are not hated!!! Please get your auctions site online now.

Cheated ebay seller
April 16, 2007 - 9:58pm

Ebay has: Cheated sellers with crazy listing and final value fees; ebay store fees that is highway robbery ; and a penalty fee; for listing there in the first place and Not Listing online!! Ebay scams sellers; i should know after 5,000 positive(99.5% positive) we are not selling "Anywhere close to last year.. 50% less actually: ebay is waiting to crash; after Mr Chesnut and Mr Halprin killer longtime sellers with their idiot "Trust department rules" they treat good sellers like dogs!!! When those 2 individuals are fired. . it will be justice for poor policy : in attacking the seller that got eBay there as ; online seller giants. . Right sellers giant is about to hit the skids; and Chesnut and Halprin should be first to go: right after Cobb & Whitman for allowing such horrendous service(disservice and disrespect; by idiots who never sold anything and do not know what it takes to sell and succeed; they are next . . i hope!!! Check ebays recent stock prices: down 4%; even the investment analyst's see the writing on the wall; It reads: Google consumes former online auction site star : greedbay!!

May 19, 2006 - 5:58pm

I agree that we powersellers on Ebay as well as buyers need an adequate alternative to Ebay. Ebay suspends auctions that are legit and their VeRo program is out of control. It feels like Ebay has become a monopoly. We need a healthy and powerful competitor to Ebay so that they'd start reviewing their practices. I say "YES" to Google auctions and I think that Google can be successful in the auction business because everyone knows Google and their auctions will get the first spot in the search too :)!


April 14, 2006 - 10:37am

I *Was* a seller on eBay. I have to say, I would like to see some competition. I've been looking for an alternative, as eBay does go after innocent people and sides with the criminals. Paypal has cost one of my friends over $50,000 in chargebacks for legitimate auctions...all because someone payed with a stolen credit card they charged back all auctions he sold for 90 days.

I myself was banned for what they call shill bidding...though I did have a 2nd account, their "end an auction early" routine fails 90% of the time...and the auctions in question had severe problems ending in less than 6 hours. It wouldn't surprise me if they banned every eBay member in this household (4) who often buy over $8,000 a month there...all because we ALL have the same IP address.

As for the bidders not showing during an auction, I would guess this would be an effect of a poor economy, getting worse as time goes on.


January 11, 2007 - 3:59am

i've been selling onEbay for a few years now. It's time of a big change. Their customer support is one of the worst there is. I played email tag with them on a issue and everytime I got an answer it was from a different rep who obviously didn't read the past emails. aftera month of back and fourth bull, they still couldn't give me and answer on why the problem was happening. With 100%perfect rating on my selling accounts, I have two selling accounts I cancelled the on that I was having problems with. I think Google is making a great decission to open a Googles Auction. Once they do I will be one of the first to register and close my other account which has 100% rating and over 1200 positive feedbacks. Way to go Google I'm ready. Goodbye Ebay, you guys suck.

June 13, 2007 - 4:09pm

I hope Google takes over! Google already has their Google Checkout which I hope destroys PayPal, and I wish for Google auctions to demolish Ebay (owned by Paypal) because of Ebay/PayPal's arrogant God complex with the "because I can" attitude.

December 26, 2005 - 10:53pm

Google has what it takes to be a serious contender in the online auction arena and it won't take much convincing current eBay sellers that a spot of good customer service and "live" customer service reps is enough for luring them away.

If they tackle the giant, don't be surprised if they also tackle Paypal........another eBay monopoly.

October 12, 2005 - 7:36pm

GOOG will certainly NOT open a direct competition for eBay, as they know that they couldn't grow up to ebay's size anytime soon.

They may open a new part of their company over there, but not auctions. Maybe it's their payments-company - Paypal as a direct competitor is also part of an online auctions company...

November 21, 2006 - 5:28am

please do it now I'll join as soon as you tell me you are up and running or better yet, I do it now tell me where and how!!

September 17, 2006 - 6:37am

I think it is a FANTASTIC idea!! Ebay needs competition to make them re-thing their ever increasing fees and cost. It has been tough for sellers to make their bottom line on eBay for the last 2+ years, and sellers are looking around elsewhere. What good is a Marketplace without competition? They have controlled the market share long enough. I know that millions of people are now using Google as their #1 search engine to find things, and with an auction market, they would be sure to go to Google Auctions in the auction search line-up.
I say go for it. Charge a FVF only, free listings, and good monitoring of the site and Google would do wonders. Let me know when it starts. (before telling the media). Thanks.

December 30, 2005 - 1:32am

is there any new word on google auctions

August 12, 2006 - 6:07pm

I'm an eBay seller and long-time supporter of Google. I'd switch auction sites in a heart beat.

July 31, 2006 - 8:41pm

Google needs to let feepay feel the heat! As a seller trying to get off govt $$ ( disability) I hoped to grow , but greedbays fee hikes have killed me! I am looking for a new auction home.... Google Are you ready?

August 21, 2007 - 2:22am

Google should do auctions and show to EBAY, how to care for their business, i was a seller for a few years they shut down one off my accounts and then the others.

Ebay needs a competitor, and i am sure if GOOGLE starts the auctions without listing fees and only charging a lower comission than ebay, will take little by litthe their business,


Deborah B.
August 28, 2006 - 11:16pm

I also think it is high time ebay gets some really good competion. I guess ehat they say is. The more you get the more you want and the greedier you get. I have been an ebay member for a very long time and a serious seller for about 8 months making ebay a business as I have some disabilities and cannot work outside of my home. Ebay has never been very good in the cust. serv. end but now they are simply the worst. In a situation they are the judge and jury and whatever they say goes, no matter what which really hurts the innocent. With the amount of money they make they should have customer service reps for everything from a to z. It seems that ebay will let the dishonest get their way and the good honest people seem to get the short end. Ebay is made up of branded items, but it seems that anyone can claim the copyright ownership to these. I just had an experience with a 16 year old selling the same items as myself on ebay claiming the copyrights.. I did a little digging and found out that he was in his first year in high school, and 16. He wanted to corner the market and not have any competion.He also had about 10 other accounts, and when they suspended him he had others in different names. Ebay fees are not cheap, and it's one thing to pay that kind of money if you are going to get the support you need and should expect. I look forward for another major auction site as long as it is fair. I will be the first on board. I hope that google is reading these forums so that they do not make the misjudgements ebay has upon their members.The big brass at ebay just got greedy, and that is the bottom line. There are a whole lot of unhappy ebay members out there and while I know it is truly impossible to make everyone happy it is important to try, and ebay has stopped trying...

trying to keep ...
April 25, 2007 - 7:00am




May 17, 2007 - 6:15am

Go Google! Beat the Ebay giant! I'm a power seller with 100% feedback, I pay my fees on time but got suspended, never given me any specific information.

Ebay needs competition to put them in the right place. I can't wait the fall of ebay! No customer support at all! Sellers are paying their bills yet they treat us like dogs. Ebay forgot to look back. They thought their the king of online auction!

Google, hoping you'll provide sellers better customer support with phone numbers to contact with when needed! This is your opportunity to become the king of online auction! More Power!!!

August 13, 2006 - 9:04pm


October 15, 2005 - 8:41am

I wonder why Google doesnt check and delete spam or cloaked websites. There are sites for months even years top ranked but still Google keep them there although so many complains of honest webmarketers and SEO firms.

What might be the reason? Google should avoid spam practices anytime by checking cache etc.

John Bertrand - JNB Web Promotion

October 15, 2005 - 4:04pm

>I wonder why Google doesnt check and delete spam or cloaked websites.

Professional spam (if it is called that hehehe) emulates other stuff on the web. Google catches much of it, but to filter out all the spam they would need to show about 0 search results.

May 9, 2007 - 9:33pm

Google... now would be a great time to jump onboard and take over the auction world.....
we need competition and you are the one to give it to ebay and to paypal... with your google check outs....PLEASE!!!!!

when there is only one kid on the block they become king of the hill..... we need a choice because we aren't liking the present auction king....he needs to be dethroned....

so much going on at ebay and so many unhappy members.....

check it out.... go to

add to the comments....

August 14, 2006 - 7:04pm

I have had 2 major problems with ebay.
First, fee hikes upon fee hikes. How can I make any money selling my items, if I keep feeding the beast?
Secondly, someone had listed a bogus item that was pornographic under video games. I tried to contact someone about it for over 2 hours. I couldn't find the "proper" links and channels. I did get a response.... a week later. Can anyone say 'too big for your own good"?
Google, I use you for almost everything. I would love to use you for auctions, too!

January 12, 2007 - 1:36pm

ebay has become very greedy and is in huge need of some stiff competetion, and google is just the ticket for this, many ebay sellers and buyers are fed up and are starving for a new service that can replace ebay, who runs there business like the gestapo..ebay is re-cycling goods over and olver and new fresh blood is needed, google will have mega support and will have no problem making ther auctions number one site in a very short period of time..ebay/paypal monoply needs to go, as do the worthless bill cobb and meg whittman, both greedy pompus out of touch assholes.

April 7, 2007 - 2:22am

I would love to see Google go for IT because they have the power and clout to beat feebay at the auction/store game.

I was only selling on ebay for about 1.3 years or less. When they put stores in search I made power seller quickly and was going to the post office daily. My feedback is over 545 and it is 100%. Then it seemed as if the bottom dropped out, very few sales and I lost my power seller status. Then to add insult to injury they raised the store fees AGAIN!

Very shortly after that I closed my store (both of them). I am at and I love it. It is very easy to open your own store and it is free to list and free to sell. You do have to do your own advertising except they do feed to google. This site is still growing and I encourage people to check it out.

I would still jump at the chance to go with a Google auction and/or store, but I would also keep my 1 Fine Treasure store at eCrater, also. No longer will I keep all my eggs in one basket, Greedbay taught me a valuable lesson there.

Please, Google, Do Help Us & Everyone, Please. I do hope they at least hear about these comments.

June 27, 2007 - 6:39pm

I have used ebay for two years buying and selling. i even made it up to powerseller. 125 + feedbacks 100% feedback.. They shut me down because of trademark violations. I sold cloths on ebay and have sold hundreds of items never any problems. One day ebay removes all my listings cancels my account and the next day paypal was frozen. They say they are holding my money 180 days to insure they dont have to pay any money back because of my ebay account being shut down. In two days i lost my lively hood with ebay and all my money through paypal. And of course the only thing anyone could say was sorry 180 days. Fuck them I started a new site. all i need now is a auction site to put there. Anyone know where I can get a auction program cheap?

January 24, 2007 - 7:00am

eBay NEEDS competition!
I was suspended and eBay told me it is because I "let" a user named skybugs1234 into my account! I don't know who that is, and they won't tell me.
Basicly they are saying someone got into my account and instead of protecting me, they treat me like a criminal!

There is a petition for Google to open an auction site, it's at

I did, and I just hope it helps

February 13, 2006 - 11:32pm

hope google teaches eBay the lesson it needs to learn...Ebay abuses its sellers badly...shuts down auctions that are legitimate, sides with criminal sellers...the lists goes on and on...they suck

January 12, 2007 - 8:43pm

" g-BID " .....bring it on!! e-bay & paypal have become illegal monopolies. AT & T was broken up for FAR LESS. HEY GOOGLE - think of the CASH you will earn your shareholders, not to mention the interface traffic to the others in the google family. With all the bright people at google ( even the bean counters ) you can bleed & gut out a massive % of e-Bay in mere months. Sellers pay the toll man, over and over. Bidders dont pay a dime to support the system. Without sellers, there NO listings. And sellers are ready to jump ship en - masse. And don't mimic the feebay finance arm of "paypal" - go into a legitimate partnership with 1 or more LEGAL North American Banks. Don't think for a nanosecond that CHASE would not LEAP at the chance to partner on that kind of traffic and offer "g-banking"... c'mon google, never mind the prattling of the discontent - grab this market and grow it in the new directions you are known for.

October 7, 2006 - 11:23am

Dear Sellers n Buyers,

Why wait till GOOGLE's launch?? C'mon...log on to and register your SERVICE offerings for FREE!!!!

Try out.... We offer you the 'marketplace' and from there, you take on..

October 7, 2006 - 11:23am

Dear Sellers n Buyers,

Why wait till GOOGLE's launch?? C'mon...log on to and register your SERVICE offerings for FREE!!!!

Try out.... We offer you the 'marketplace' and from there, you take on..

February 25, 2007 - 7:21pm

here is the petition for google auction please send it so we can get google on the road to knock ebay out:

October 7, 2006 - 11:23am

Dear Sellers n Buyers,

Why wait till GOOGLE's launch?? C'mon...log on to and register your SERVICE offerings for FREE!!!!

Try out.... We offer you the 'marketplace' and from there, you take on..

April 4, 2006 - 12:17am

Does Google even read these posts?; and if they do - hello Google - please respond.
I would love to have some feedback from Google !
Can anyone out there tell me what has happened to Ebay auctions lately? I have been an Ebay member for almost seven years. Something has changed - and I don't mean the charges. People are just not bidding like they use to. Any comments are welcome. Oh, and no - I don't want to buy your book on how to do better on Ebay.

April 4, 2006 - 12:30am

Most Google employees probably do not read the comments on this blog.

I think Google Base and Google Wallet are their slow movement toward an eBay model, but I am not sure if they will fully delve into the auction market.

May 10, 2007 - 9:58pm

I fully support a Google Auction site, I believe that it would be a great success and that it could very well beat eBay. I have lost all respect for eBay, their fees have become unreasonable, their customer service is atrocious and they have treated me and many others like garbage. I look forward to the day eBay goes out of business.

Google, please consider this golden opportunity, we need something better than eBay.

Was another eba...
August 2, 2006 - 11:59pm

I hope Google auctions will not block other payment methods like e-gold ..

April 4, 2006 - 3:37am

Thanks Arron
That is really Sad!

Al Rashid
June 29, 2006 - 8:43pm

Google has the capacity to start auctions on websites. Big sites such as Ebay has monopolized the business and a little competition will certainly help the consumers undoubtedly and surely will be profitable providing the terms are better specially if Google could do better terms for items not sold , I am sure they will atract alot of customers because Ebay's rates for items not sold are a big problem and piles-up fast.

January 13, 2007 - 10:55pm

Ebay is the worst. After 9 years of the most atrocious customer service or lack of the same they add insult to injury by heavyhanded selective discrimination against sellers. It is difficult to determine what is acceptable policy with these tyrants because they act like low level clerks at the DMV. They have power and they abuse it. I have spent over $2000 a month in fees on ebay for years and the main thing that is getting sold is ebay listing space. They have gone from COOL to FOOL and I know at least 300 other sellers personally who would love to flip them off as they boarded the GOOGLE auction ship.

September 26, 2006 - 5:49pm

Pay -pal sucks great big donkey dick. They have
permanentley closed my account. I have opened up my own website. I am just a little guy but I am going to be a thorn in paypal -Donkey dick's side.
They have no customer service what so ever. I wish Google when get close to opening up a aution site and be far to us power sellers. Please hurry.

I want to see pay-pal suffer and E-bay suffer!!!!!!

Ebay_Needs to b...
June 30, 2006 - 5:44am

Hello i think Google should have its own auction and have very low fees and knock ebay for a loop as ebay ripps you off and keeps hiking there fees like cable , electric , gas , phone companys do and they are crooks also if you dont watch they will triple or more charge you. So go get them Google and make a good auction site with low prices or fees.

August 29, 2007 - 5:43am

Ebays high listing fees are outragous as anyone who lists there knows. Sales are a numbers game...the more you list in different places the better your chance of a sale. I think alot of people try to sell for the novelty of saying "I sell on ebay". Yes but how much do you sell. As for me I can say that about 95% of the stuff listed on ebay does not sell the first time through. Ebay is a greedy, hungry, money making machine. As much as they would lead you to believe otherwise. It would be great if Google did have an auction site that competed with ebay and ultimately surpassed ebay! If Google is listening...keep your listing rates and auction fees low and you might be able to de-thrown the big kid!

May 29, 2007 - 10:37pm

I have been a seller on ebay when they first started back in 1990! Like everyone else I used my account to buy and sell stuff about the house. Then the company I worked for went out of business and I have 2 little ones so I said, I'll start an ebay business and see what happens while I look for a real job. After 3 years of successful business on ebay, year annual sales of $550,000.00, powerseller the whole deal, (along with $3000-$4000.00 per month in ebay fees) Out of all that business my yearly salary was around $45,000.00. Not too bad. I was feeling good and thought about expanding and stepped on other powersellers feet and next thing ya know I got an email stating that I was abusing ebay and I needed to fax my driver's license, proof of deliveries, vendor invoices and payments and bank statements and I would get a determination in about 48 hours (yeah right). Then 2 days later, Paypal closes my account, back charges all the orders in a 90 period (about $140,000.00)!! These funds were already used to pay for the items sold, the shipment of the items, the rent on the warehouse and the temp labor I hired to get it done. I called Paypal and said what is going on these items shipped, they advised to fax over the tracking numbers and proof of deliveries and so forth, I did all that as well as fax everything to eBay. 2 weeks later I get an email stating I have been suspended!! Can't talk to anyone. And on top of all that, with my user ID showing no longer registered, my customers got scared and then 1 month later with this whole nightmare, I get a knock on my door Friday night with the local cops coming to arrest me for fraud due to complaints from ebay customers, right in front of my children!!! I had to spend the weekend in jail, hire a lawyer go to court so I could show the judge all the items were shipped complete and this was a bogus charge. I got offered a deal for getting the case dismissed with one year probation and $1200.00 court fines. My other option was to go to court and fight it and pay my lawyer another $5000.00 fo the retainer. I has no choice but to take the "deal". ebay literally made my life a living hell for over a year and my children suffered as well. After a while, you begin to think ebay has everyone in thier pocket and they are George Orwells, Big Brother come to life. I have lost all faith or any love for ebay and justice system.

After reading some chat discussions on eBay, come to find out a powerseller can report another member for no reason, next thing ya know, your gone. I don't think I will ever want to do an online business again after this. Oh yeah and get this, paypal is still calling me for the "negative balance" in my account. I will be filing for bankruptcy next month. I would love to see ebay be taken down. I would love to sue them, but I don't think my parents will let me borrow anymore money and my husband has wiped out his 401K because of all this.

If you are still selling on ebay, all I can say is be careful and don't make anyone mad out there.

Google, if you do open an auction site, and I hope you do, please go back to the early days of ebay, when everyone was equal, the fees were okay, but it actually was a fair market.

ebay seller
July 20, 2006 - 8:21am

I can't wait for google to open their auction! This last increase in ebay fees has me searching other avenues.. I don't mind not accepting paypal since that helps to feed the ebay beast!

Patrick Hobbs
November 29, 2005 - 11:50am

Welcome the competition! 11/17/05 My account was suppended on ebay for for 6 bid retractions in a 6 month period. Five of the bids retracted were paid for with "BUY-IT-NOW" feature. Duh! Maybe ebay should use some of the money they are making on all of us and hire customer service with common sense. Oh, my rating is 100% and have been there since 2000.

May 19, 2007 - 4:14am

I started selling on ebay in May of 2007 and in only 3 weeks, I sold over $11,000 worth of product and over $4,000 of that was pure profit. My account was suspended and I don't have a clue why.

The person who supplies me with product to sell said that ebay doesn't like it when anyone sells too much of this particular product (it's a shirt by a big name company in lots of 10 per auction and it's 100% authentic).

I would think that the more I sell, the happier ebay will be because I'm paying their rediculously high fees (and paypal fees too) without complaining but no, the morons suspend my account and from what I'm reading here and other places, I don't know if I'll ever be reinstated.

I would switch to Google without giving it a second thought.

Brian Worthy
April 20, 2006 - 1:04am

I have been suspended from ebay for Shill bidding as well. My wife has an ebay account and she did not bid on my items. They say that the suspension will only last 7 days, but I doubt that. Since I have been suspended i have read horror story after horror story about ebay. Someone needs to go at ebay and knock them off their high horse. GET EM GOOGLE!!!!!

July 12, 2007 - 11:04pm

Hello everybody,

Ebay is really a mess. Most of the suspended users of ebay are powersellers, have families to feed, bills to pay, etc. If you guys are still selling on ebay hoping you're not depending on this site very much because one day you'll just wake and your account is suspended without giving you any explanation! Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Why do you think there are lots of auction website coming out right now? Because they can't stand ebay anymore. I'm just hoping that google will hurry their auction up and put ebay in the right place where it belongs.

Anyway, I'm happy selling in this website:

You can list as many items as you wish without any fees.

Much better!

October 26, 2005 - 4:18pm

GO GOOGLE! Ebay could use a little competition! I'm all for it!

Shaun Smullen
January 26, 2007 - 5:58am

Not sure what nation you are all from with ebay being in just about every country. I to am sick of there rising fees in the UK, so I looked around for a few sites, I thought of ebid but didnt like the look of it and to confusing with subscriptions, the others I saw were pretty much empty. Tonight I did come across a new one that looks kinda cool, no fees at all, so I registered up, not sure yet if there international as they have a £ sign on homepage. Will certainly give it a go.

October 27, 2005 - 2:16am

ebay needs a kick in the arse, i think google should competitively fight for a share of the online auction market. Ebay is a dominatrix in that area and needs to be kept honest. Competition will drive ebay to offer "customer service" and maybe even lower their rates to keep growing. As of now the ebay giant just gets to do whatever it wants to do because nobody has the balls to step up to the plate. All the auction sites that have tried (,, yahoo auctions, etc) all suck because they don't spend money on advertising...probably because they dont have it. Charging for a service is necessary. Ebay sucks ass.

June 14, 2006 - 12:32am

I don't think that ebay is the one that needs a black eye, I am pretty sure about paypal. They are the one who needs a direct competitor who will slam that white suite with black stripes company in pile of mud.

Mark Milo
July 23, 2006 - 7:45am

I recently got ripped off by PayPal too. They froze my funds ($8000) because they claimed the US .39 cents stamps I was selling was against federal law (funny how other local retailers and contractors can sell stamps) to sell stamps. After I proved them wrong they said the stamps were stolen, then I proved they weren't stolen and they said that they can not have me as a customer no more and are now freezing my funds for 180 days(oh yea I also send in my driver license and social to prove I own the account)... funny if you freeze 50,000 accounts all of them having $200 how much interest is that for them??? They are crooks and ebay is no better with they bully ethics. Let me know what you guys think about this horror story.

June 29, 2007 - 9:32pm

I would be so happy if ebay is taken down. For that to happend people must start buying and selling on other sights..... Same thing happend to me and I know there are many many stories like mine... Ebay power seller with feedback of 4150 pay anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 a month in Ebay fees and go suspended for ABUSING EBAY... How? I asked.. they send they send me this...

We regret to inform you that your eBay account has been suspended due to concerns we have for the safety and integrity of the eBay community.

"Abusing eBay" of the eBay User Agreement states, in part:

"...we may limit, suspend, or terminate our service and user accounts, prohibit access to our website, remove hosted content, and take technical and legal steps to keep users off the Site if we think that they are creating problems, possible legal liabilities, or acting inconsistently with the letter or spirit of our policies."

Due to the suspension of this account, please be advised you are prohibited from using eBay in any way. This includes the registering of a new account.

Please note that any seller fees due to eBay will immediately become due and payable. eBay will charge any amounts you have not previously disputed to the billing method currently on file.


Safeharbor Department
eBay, Inc.

I ask what that means thats not giving me a reason on what I do.. Their reply is the same..
Luckly I dont accept PAY PAL I accept credit cards... Credit cards protect Both Buyers and sellers.. If buyer does not receive an item they simply call their credit card for a chargeback and We sellers a least get the oppotunity to proof delivery and not have the funds Frozen.. If we the seller are at fault and are not able to provide delivery then the funds are reversed..

Without having to deal with PayPals Freezing your account-

I have no idea why i was suspended... I have no violations.. They simply took me off with out a warning.. a warning would have been nice to correct what ever problem,,

Ebay has a power Trip & of cource try to convise everyone that the safest way to pay is Pay Pal... Off course Its an Ebay Company... Trying to keep it all in the family...

I would never use Ebay again!! I will never use PayPal again

happy that google is puttiing a sigh.. I think if that happends Ebay is Hisssssssssstory!!

I just started to sell and Buy here.... JOIN IT.. REGISTER so w can power up another sight like we first did with ebay


May 19, 2007 - 10:45pm

Hello Dan,

I'm sorry to hear that. I sold some name brand authentics clothes too on ebay. It is one of my products I' ve been selling on ebay. Just last month I paid nearly $500.00 of ebay fees! If you'll calculate your cost fixed and variable you'll notice that sellers don't get very much. Who benefits all of our profit? Ebay does! Ebay should provide us better customer service because if not for us they're not there. They've gone so big and never even care to look back where they have started. Any way, I searched ebay's phone numbers. If you're interested, please give me your email address and will email you the link so you may try to get intouch with them. Ebay is my job for the past six months. I got this job but they took it away from me without any hesitation at all! Hoping to get a reply from you.

Brett A. Vore
April 19, 2007 - 7:48am

I think that Google should take on ebay. They definately need some competition. We at are stepping up to the plate and will provide excellent customer service with a full worldwide auction venue. Not only will listings be free to list and relist, there will be an extensive learn about section and the ability for anyone to earn money by referring other users to our site. We have our site set up to pay back to users via PayPal monthly, 10% of the net commission we recieve from anything that someone you refer to our site buys or sells on Weallcollect. We have also set the site up so that charitable organizations sell for free and can earn money for their organizations. Also all Collector Clubs and Societies can post information about their particular field of expertise and we will pay them 10% of the net commission we recieve when anything is sold in the particular category they sponsor. In less than 30 days we will be ready to launch. It will be an amazing site with endless possibilities. P.S. I have also used ebay for almost 9 years so I know the online auction business. The world will be in for a very pleasant surprise. It is long overdue.

Belfry Designs
July 24, 2006 - 5:48pm

Does anyone know when they will start up the Google Auctions. I would love EBay to feel the competition. I am tired of their lousey customer service and problems.

March 25, 2006 - 9:53am

I'm an Ebay power seller and I can't say anything really bad about Ebay other than the Fees are a little too high, but there Junkyard dog paypal is totally out of control, they have the business ethics of an adolescent street gang, but what do you expect from a company who's average employee was flipping burgers a few months ago sometimes they even answer the phone saying (would you like fries with that) or (Would you like that super sized).

If google was to launch and treat their customers with respect I would wean myself off of Ebay and onto the google site and I am sure many Power Sellers would follow paypal has been screwing us since pretty much day 1 with their unfair chargebacks and with terminations for no reason at all.

So go ahead Google open a competitive fair site with an integrated payment system I am sure you will really do a # on Ebay in a very short time forcing them to either go under or put their dog to sleep and send all the Fleas that work for Paypal back to KFC, Micky Ds, Dunkin Donuts or their paper routes.

March 25, 2006 - 10:28am

I have had good customer support when calling into Google once...but then another time I was also left in the cold.

The personal human touch is not something I think Google is good at.

BTW I don't think Google will have formal auctions anytime soon...although auction type ideas may be structured into Google base rather soon.

alex stassi
June 14, 2006 - 2:25pm

I have recently become a paypal victim, although the loss aint as great as some of the people above. I sold an ipod which was bought using a stolen card and they decided to refund the guy from my account. I don't understand why Nochex hasn't taken off in a big way. But anyway GOOGLE, get onto this, Ebay does need a competitor, but most definitely Paypal needs a good kicking. I'd like to see Paypal go down the pan

April 28, 2007 - 5:41pm

GO GOOGLE!!!! I'm an eBay powerseller, and just had a week's worth of work knocked down because they suspected someone tampered with my account. Not a shred of evidence. One employee said honestly that sometimes the trust and safety dept. glitches and flags legitimate accounts. Kudos to him. To the others that just tried to throw sand in my eyes, you really don't protect your company by lying about it. I'd be much less steamed if they said, yes, it was a mistake, sorry. eBay doesn't care a hoot about any one member. Financially, they have no reason to. Google should give 'em a run for their money. Each post on this site probably represents 1000 people who'd make the switch, even if eBay's larger market required that the switch be gradual. Online trading is great. eBay is not the one who should be regulating all of it.

December 10, 2006 - 11:37pm

I have been selling on eBay for over seven years. I finally quit my corporate job and I am doing this full time. If you are smart enough to beat the system and actually make money, it's a good business. I have had my ups and downs with eBay, but over all, I think that it's a good system. I wasn't too happy about the price increase that eBay has has in their listing and final value fees a few months ago. It's slowly digging into my profits and I have to think of new ways to market my current product and add new product to make up for the loss. The bottom line is that I am working harder and making less money. I do over six figures with eBay. I would use both eBay and Google auctions and just increase my income and let the chips fall where they may. I am all for seeing someone new step up to the plate as well. You can buy "IT" on eBay. Go for "IT" Google!

September 21, 2006 - 10:29pm

please for the love of god someone compete with eBay already. they are the biggest scam site on teh internet

January 20, 2006 - 6:05pm

Oh yes, Google! Please start auctions. Having just completely my Masters of Library Science, I can say that you are cheered as the top search engine. You would have plenty of business and plenty of us willing to buy ad space. I can't wait to hear more!!!!

July 25, 2006 - 9:02am

Dear Google, you have to start up an auction site.
have been selling on ebay for almost 4 years and
i have almost 300 good feedbacks. i am getting
tired of paying a final fee and on top of that i have
to pay another paypal fee when someone buys
thru paypal. its bad enought when ebay charges
an opening fee, final fee and then a paypal fee and
that like a tripple whamy. the buyer does not know
what all the sellers have to go thru just to list an
item and trying to pass on some of the expenses
to the buyer is totally wrong and thats why
ebay has forced us to do with their ridicules sellers prices.
Ya go with it google, show ebay some competition.

May 30, 2006 - 7:49pm

When... oh when will it happen?!?! I can't wait for something better than *ahoo and less expensive than *bay.

December 5, 2006 - 1:38am

I second that. "Go for It!". Give ebay a run for their money.

August 24, 2006 - 12:56am

Ebay's rates keep rising. I don't know when they are going to stop. I don't mind them making a little money off of me, but currently they make more than we do. We're in a low margin industry and it's extremely difficult. I like the traffic on eBay, but I can now only list a few items where I might have a little more margin. It's just real tough and I'm pretty frustrated. I eat, drink and sleep the dream of GOOGLE coming down from heaven and saving all of us. : D

October 29, 2006 - 2:56am

After spending approx $2400 on eBay using PayPal my limit has been reached and I cannot purchase anything else until I give PayPal my bank account. I certainly would not provide PayPal with my bank account, especially after looking at their approach on control of sellers' accounts, additionally the number of legal cases they have against them from sellers. I have excellent feedback from buyers. I can't wait for Goodle to get started with the online auction business. Hopefully you will have something in line for paying including credit card payments. I've never sold anything on eBay because of eBay's heavyhanded approach to sellers, but I certainly would consider being a buyer and seller on Google.

November 16, 2006 - 3:43am

Yes we need a new auction site. We are a major wholesale outlet and ebay has suspended us 3 times now over nothing and paypal forget them im glad to see auctioncheckout is now stepping up I just wish more people knew.

May 21, 2007 - 4:27pm

I think ebay needs a huge wake up call. They need some stiff competition. Their fees are gouging the sellers. Ebay makes so much money anyway, because of the billions of sellers even at the lower fees that ebay use to charge. Ebay has gotten greedy, and hard to deal with. Ending Auctions and kicking people off as they put it INDEFINATELY. What does that mean??? Permanent???? I have had a couple of friends that this has happened to, and I think this is so unfair. GO GOOGLE!!!! Give EBAY a run for their money. I really hope you do this so people can enjoy their selling and buying experience with ease, and not be price gouged anymore, or have the fear of becoming a (UNREGISTERED USER). EBAY SUCKS!!!

September 1, 2007 - 9:13am

Greed - Bay has gone to far. thanks for GOOGLE to even things up. Greed _bay fees have shut me down, dead beat bidders who don't pay, but leave you with 100"S in greed bay fees, with no help from Greed -bay. THey get there reward. people will leave ebay like a gold rush!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 2, 2005 - 10:25pm

Yes, ebay really has become the bully on the auction block -- needs a good black eye for raping us so bad with triple digit fees, ouch! Go Google, go!

November 16, 2006 - 10:07pm

The first of this year I started selling on Ebay.I gave them my credit card and also recieved my payments from paypal.I had about 2,000.00 owed me by paypal and they held my money because I would not give them my banking info.They had no problem taking thier money from my credit card for thier fees.They took about 800.00 out of my paypal account and gave it to a buyer that kept the 2 items and his money back also.I provided a police report and proved the buyer was lieing.Six months they refused to send me what little money I had left.This was a straight selling deal and I was going to auctions and buying just to sell,ship and make a little extra money as a senior citizen.Ebay is over priced,inconsiderate and crooks.They stole my money with the help of paypal.I would never buy or sell anything to do with Ebay again.Now we sell on Craigslist and others that dont charge fees.I still like the bidding though on used items and would like to see Google go for it.You would get my credit card in a minute if you start a auction.GO GOOGLE GO.

July 2, 2007 - 9:26pm

Does Google really even want to be in the auction business ? And furthermore why are so many people convinced that they would do a better job ?

August 8, 2006 - 6:29am

Ebay bought paypal years ago. That's why they both suck. Ebay has terrible customer service. It takes days to get a reply if you are fortunate enough to get one, and the reply is usually irrelevent cut and paste fodder.

November 4, 2005 - 11:47pm

The time is right for a company as large and wealthy as Google to take on Ebay and fight for a share of online auctions. As a longtime Ebay seller I know how fed up the sellers are with high fees, ridiculous policy and ever present site glitches, but they presently have no place to go! For a while we thought Overstock would step up to the plate but they downright chickened out. Spending huges amounts of money on ads that never even mentioned their auctions! I don't think Google would have such a bad time of starting up a profitable online auction house...especially if they advertised and kept their fees reasonable.

Jerry Pitcher
September 4, 2006 - 5:27pm

Reading the above comments really hit home. I'm a power seller on eBay and have also been a victim of eBays dictator style of management. I agree eBay and PayPal are both Judge and Jury - Sellers have no say in any dispute brought against them. I'm looking forward to the competition Google Auctions will provide and the end of eBays monopoly. Please let me know when Google Auctions are available for sign up. Jerry

April 3, 2007 - 2:54pm


June 12, 2007 - 7:05am

It is amazing, how so many people are just not able to do anything about a system created by the company that the people made themselves. We (the people) made ebay a reality, and now ebay is stepping on us. We must put all of our efforts combined and raise voices altogether for some court to hear it. They have managed to become a monopoly over us.

I was an ebay power-seller for over 10 years and I must've paid over a $400,000 in ebay fees. One day I just found myself suspended for no apparent reason. The ebay account manager was disgustingly rude knowing that I have to kiss A** to get the account back, and wouldn't give me a straight forward answer on why I was suspended!! I had great feedback. And they just don't seem to understand that we have families to feed...

From what I see is that the problem is that ebay foresee's google's opportunity and so they became one of the biggest customers on google's advertising clicks program. Leading google to close one eye and avoid the market altogether so that they won't loose ebay as a customer.

What is more disturbing is that ebay refuses to accept Google Checkout as a form of payment on their listings, yet they still advertise heavily on Google. Inotherwords, Google welcomes ebays business but ebay in turnsaround and tells google: get your hands off my site. What a slap in the face???? UNBELIEVABLE!!!

But here is a message for Google creators and thinktankers. You have proved yourselves to be leaders beyond the shadow of a doubt. Get ready to take on a beast. The people are with you.

And here is a message to Ebay's creators. I think that you've done a great job but you've become quite greedy and insensible. If old ebay doesn't come back, there will be no future ebay. Eventually, the wheel will turn.

If anybody has an idea how to put our voices together and speak up to the depamrtment of justice and commerce about this monopoly, please post your comments.

Good luck to you all.

June 12, 2007 - 7:10am

Oh, by the way guys... it's me again....

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Verry professional.

Da Man
July 11, 2006 - 10:27am

I too have been kicked from paypal. I sold a laptop on ebay. Six weeks after receiving the laptop the buyer left me perfectly good feedback. Two months after the feedback was left Paypal gave the buyer £650 back. The seller claimed that the screen stopped working, keys had fallen out and the DVD writer had stopped writing. Sounds like he dropprd it to me.

Another problem I had with Paypal was I sold a Dymo label printer on ebay. Buyer paid me with Paypal then claimed he never received the item. Paypal gave him back nearly £95. I got proof of his signature from the postal service I use and gave it to Paypal. They told me that the money they gave back to the buyer I would have to get form him myself. They took the money from my bank account and gave it back to the buyer.

I decided to sell lots of thing on ebay, run up a huge bill and not pay it as revenge, I got banned from ebay owing them nearly £675 over 3 months. I've got another two ebay accounts that I've been using for years so that banned account did not bother me in the slightest. Ebay kept resetting up the direct debit on my bank account to get the money so I got the bank to close the account. It's had no affect on my credit rating ;-)


burn ebay alive
July 17, 2007 - 9:08am

Gosh, I'm waiting for this BIG TIME. ebay sellers are paying way too many idiots in San Jose at $100k each. These idiots who are in their 20s and 30s, are causing so much damage those who feed them. ebay needs to be brought down to their knees and beg. They need to be the IBM of the 80s losing 35k employees because arrorgance. ebay is now a bully at the local school yard or corner and needs to be address properly.

October 18, 2006 - 6:24pm

A viable alternative to eBay would be as good for eBay as those of us who sell. But it has to be a company with some depth (deep pockets) and integrity. I think Google fills the bill in both cases.

The problem with eBay, is that it is the only big dog on the block and is branching out in way too many directions. I think some of those directions have been financial disasters. The result: seller fees go up, but seller profit doesn't. The other auction venues aren't even worth considering if you really want to "sell" your items or are a small seller with no ties to dunn and bradstreet :)

I say "Go Google" and especially if you will limit your effort to the "pure auction format" that made eBay the giant it is. We need a venue that is reminiscent of eBay's "good old days".

Maybe "Google is the ONE"!?

May 28, 2008 - 11:40pm
November 19, 2008 - 5:53am

It is about time. We the beaten and abused ebayers are drying for a little help. Ebay has went after the international customer and the true reason for the ebay experince has been lost. It was ccreated for the indivual not for the walmart blackmarket from hong kong. Their are bad people in every business but because of that we the normal people are going to have to suffer and pay while corp. america undemindes their own country.
I hope ebay suffers and I make this promise to tell and email 20 people a day until we make a differnce. Read this and research ebay in the world they have gooten to big and now nothing but a way to move money for the bad people in and out of our country.

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