A friend purchased the many x ’24’ tv series on dvd format whom sky lovers (rupert murdoch’s thought control tv channels) are so fond of, from ebay (24 incidentally also fits the Bush/republican ideology perfectly) from a chap in China (who ebay give cheap listings to rather than to there european clients)
Alas ( for i am informed) some of the disks are blank – i’m not sure if they are fakes but the bad instructions and reports of glue blobs on the backs make me think that.
Something fishy there, nothing to do with that Mr Sutherland can’t act (imagine: ‘dvd saves actors from bad performance’ – humour) , and not having Sky means its not something I bother with (Battlestar Galactica is my thing which i have no desire to own on dvd) with and you know its always going to be ‘happily ever after’ at some point in 24.
But back to ebay – I am sure my friend will tell me if his Chinese man provided him with replacement disks (with content) and i await news.
Since i’m done ‘suspected fraud’, lets now do the word ‘con’. I’m looking at voip (see a later post) and also run linux (call me bonkers) so this means one has to be rather careful since usb phones don’t work (no drivers) so that means headsets instead and webcam’s (usb) which means you have to careful with unless i want to run into usb issues there because they changed the chipset
Where there any bargains in the specific webcam and headset I had in mind on ebay (who own skype) – which i hope will work without needing to compile the complete linux system from scratch – no is your simple answer
while a £.99p webcam might seem a bargain then add £ 7.25 for postage equals £ 8.24, i can buy that item in an ecommerce site for 6.30 plus postage which is much less than £ 7.25.
It essentially works out less as purchasing from a proper shop is less hassle than ‘ebay-ing’ said item. Sucintly ebay has become uncompetitive, buying other items helps not for the next four items cost £ 1.75 postage should you be luckily enough that bidder has the things you need and don’t pay over the top for them.
With ebay/paypuke.com running to £ (pounds sterling) £4.50 per transaction, perhaps ebay will price itself out of the the market, this is a good example of firm who has cheap labour and charges over the top for its use in the west.
I would have bought the items from the Skype shop but the lack of item detail by there ecommerce retailer failed to answer even basic questions i had like how fucking long is the headsets cord – it pays to investigate.
usb phones and headsets work if you computers near, but dect phones are better and this be probably be the reason i will opt to use vonage instead of skype.
So what have I learned from these anecdotes ?
- Beware of postage on light items
- Beware of Chinamen offering dvd’s
- Consider that ebay is not the neighboorhood it once was.
- Skype is not something i think is not up to the job with its new owner
I’ve just had an ebay marketing person on the phone she seemed to imply that its was ‘ok’ to cheat to get good feedback (something along the lines of amir did with ‘nick tofang’). That’s something that rather surprised me.
Strangely the more tools a seller (being a tribe of monkeys selling items on ebay) has the more dubious a seller/buyer it seems becomes if ‘feedback cheating’ is the way ebay recommend do things – then feedback means nothing.