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  • EBay's ivory ban: why it happened and what it means

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 11:09 am

    A newly expanded ivory ban on eBay highlights the challenge of running a global marketplace while complying with local laws. eBay has decided to stop all sales of ivory products on its auction site, the company announced this week, following concerns over endangered elephant species often targeted for their ivory tusks and teeth.
  • Pyramid of morons: Hoaxee makes eBay cash off of own stupidity

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 2:25 pm

    Say, remember the poor fellow was was duped into buying a Bigfoot corpse for $50,000, only to discover it was an empty ape costume?
  • EBay buys payment firm for almost $1B, lays off over 1,000

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 10:35 am

    EBay announced two acquisitions Monday, at the same time saying it will lay off over 1,000 staff worldwide and cut back on recruitment.
  • Merchant group blasts eBay

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 8:44 pm

    A powerful and vocal group of large eBay merchants has blasted the e-commerce giant for changes it has implemented this year, saying they have done more harm than good.
  • EBay's search engine malfunctions, omits products

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 3:35 pm

    A technical problem that kept an unknown number of products out of eBay's search engine index has been fixed, and the e-commerce giant plans to issue credits to affected merchants.
  • Hitting it big on eBay: New extinct species, futuristic toilets

    Posted August 26, 2008 - 10:01 pm

    Richard Harrington, an officer in the UK's Royal Entomological Society, probably thought that chunk of amber with an insect trapped inside that he bid for on eBay would make a nice paperweight -- but he didn't expect that the dead critter would be a representative of a previously unknown species, one that would end up being named for him.
  • Software group weighs piracy lawsuit against eBay

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 12:49 pm

    A trade group representing hundreds of software vendors is considering a lawsuit against eBay for what it calls widespread sales of counterfeit software on the auction site.
  • Bidding for iPhone 3G tops $1,000 on eBay

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 4:04 pm

    Pent-up demand for the iPhone 3G is manifesting itself on auction site eBay, where eager buyers are bidding in excess of US$1,000 to get what's turning out to be a hot commodity.
  • Americans suddenly too good to bid on stupid things that look like things

    Posted July 17, 2008 - 3:01 pm

    Desperate for help paying for his lavish nuptials, Dave Taylor looked into his pantry and found what he thought would be a Godsend: a slice of bread that looked vaguely like the Batman logo! Based on America's moronic track record with things that vaguely look like other things, he assumed that some twit would spend hundreds or thousands of dollars of good money to buy the useless slab of processed bread. Unfortunately for him, our nation seems to have suddenly come to its senses, and no one has bid a red cent for the useless bat-shaped foodstuff.
  • Judge rules for eBay in counterfeit case

    Posted July 14, 2008 - 4:07 pm

    A U.S. judge has ruled that eBay is not legally liable for counterfeit Tiffany jewelry items that were sold on its auction site, despite a French court ruling against eBay last month in a similar lawsuit.
  • Sad man "disappointed" by auction price for sad life

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 4:04 pm

    Ian Usher became so disenchanted with his life that he planned to auction all of it off -- his house, his friends, his job -- on eBay and start over. Perhaps he didn't anticipate the fact that if he didn't want his life, probably nobody else would either. He netted $384,000 -- about $100,000 short of his goal.
  • EBay to open up merchant tool to developers

    Posted June 17, 2008 - 4:26 pm

    EBay will open a tool used by 700,000 of its merchants to external developers, the next step in an ongoing effort to promote the creation of applications for its online marketplace.
  • French auction regulator sues to close down eBay France

    Posted December 3, 2007 - 4:10 pm

    The French auction regulatory authority is seeking to close down eBay France for operating an online auction without a permit, it announced Monday.
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