Friday 29 July 2011

eBay is now officially a joke if you're a seller

Saw this article in The Age today and was only vaguely interested, which tells me a lot.  I've been using eBay for almost 10 years, and have loved it for most of that time.  Last week I listed some excess furniture - only 1 item sold after the 7 days. I then put exactly the same items, for exactly the same price, on Gumtree, which is completely free, and all but 1 item was sold within 3 hours.  I suspect that removing listing fees is eBay's idea of competing with sites like Gumtree, but increasing final value fees, especially after removing the ability for sellers to leave negative feedback, makes it even more of a buyer's market than a seller's market.  Problem is, what will they do if they lose all their sellers?  After my Gumtree experience they've pretty much lost me, which I thought would never happen.

Monday 25 July 2011

No Harvey Norman, No

So we got our brand new dining set delivered on Friday. Our brand new, made-in-Australia, timber chairs, dining set. Delivered in boxes with "Made in China" on the side, fabric chairs and the table legs in a separate box that *I* was expected to assemble. After an all-things-considered-fairly-polite phone call, said dining set was removed on Sunday and the search is on again. No Harvey Norman, No.

Friday 22 July 2011

A visualization of US Debt in 100 dollar bills

Awesome, but a little scary...