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[#] Tue May 26 2020 13:28:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yeah, it's getting really annoying because you can't trust anyone to be a good solid seller anymore.

I had a repeating problem (discussed here earlier I think) where I would order something on eBay specifically to avoid doing business with Amazon, and the seller would just do their fulfillment through Amazon.

Another problem with eBay is that half the crap on there is cheap chinese counterfeit stuff. In the past it would say "OEM" which you knew was bullshit but for the price it was ok; now they just sell counterfeit stuff with first-party branding and labels, and even if you can spot the difference on the product you won't know from the web site because they use the original manufacturer's photo. Try buying a battery online that isn't a chinese ripoff with a fraction of the rated capacity.

And now back to Amazon ... it's starting to fill up with sellers who peddle cheaply manufactured crap masquerading as real merchandise, and when the wrong item arrives you have to have a conversation with them in broken English to get the issue resolved.

At this point I might as well just bypass Silicon Valley completely and order everything from Alibaba.

[#] Tue May 26 2020 17:06:27 EDT from darknetuser

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2020-05-26 13:28 from IGnatius T Foobar
Yeah, it's getting really annoying because you can't trust anyone to be

a good solid seller anymore.

I had a repeating problem (discussed here earlier I think) where I

would order something on eBay specifically to avoid doing business with

Amazon, and the seller would just do their fulfillment through Amazon.


Another problem with eBay is that half the crap on there is cheap

chinese counterfeit stuff. In the past it would say "OEM" which you

knew was bullshit but for the price it was ok; now they just sell

counterfeit stuff with first-party branding and labels, and even if you

can spot the difference on the product you won't know from the web site

because they use the original manufacturer's photo. Try buying a

battery
online that isn't a chinese ripoff with a fraction of the rated
capacity.

And now back to Amazon ... it's starting to fill up with sellers who

peddle cheaply manufactured crap masquerading as real merchandise, and

when the wrong item arrives you have to have a conversation with them

in broken English to get the issue resolved.

At this point I might as well just bypass Silicon Valley completely

and order everything from Alibaba.



Poor IGnatius...

Recently I have been using Amazon for locating sellers that have their own infrastructures. For xaemple, I will search for a DVD and list the sellers who have it... then look for those sellers elsewhere on the Internet and purchase directly from them if they have that possibility.

eBay was supposed to be about people selling stuff they found in their basement and they no longer wanted. Now it has turnd into another massive fleamarket for professional resellers only. What a shame. I have lots of things I'd sell for pennies, but I can't use this platforms because they are so expensive for a casual seller. In the end I end up resorting to local meatspace market for those.

[#] Tue May 26 2020 17:31:21 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Seems too that Facebook Marketplace has become the new Craigslist..... I've had some success selling things - but honestly, more than 50% of people contacting me don't speak English. I just ignroe them.

[#] Tue May 26 2020 20:55:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I am guessing that Facebook Messenger has become the new AIM as well. I still refuse to go there.

[#] Wed May 27 2020 18:33:43 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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2020-05-26 20:55 from IGnatius T Foobar
I am guessing that Facebook Messenger has become the new AIM as well.

I still refuse to go there.



In many ways, yes it has.

[#] Thu May 28 2020 08:50:27 EDT from darknetuser

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2020-05-26 17:31 from Ragnar Danneskjold
Seems too that Facebook Marketplace has become the new Craigslist.....

I've had some success selling things - but honestly, more than 50% of

people contacting me don't speak English. I just ignroe them.



Internet sales are like that.

ADVERTISEMENT: "I am selling this red ball by BallMaker Inc, 3 dollar, non negotiable".

Responses: "What color is the ball you are selling?" "Which brand is the ball?" "Will you send it to me for 1 dollar?"

[#] Thu May 28 2020 09:10:01 EDT from zooer

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Well the person never mentioned what shape it was.

 

Internet help forums can be the same way.
My sprocket doesn't work, I tried adjusting the cam screw, but it didn't help, Google lead me to this form.

Answers:

"Did you try adjusting the cam screw????"
"If you google it you will find the answer."

 

"The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.  People don't like helping others, they love to contradict you.  This is called Godwin's Law" - Tu Dor Chiar Acum
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cunningham%27s_Law



[#] Thu May 28 2020 13:22:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I see what you did there. Very clever.

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