Computer Geek

So I decided to take a look at ebay today...

and wow. The quality of the items and searches has gone down drastically. I mean, this is a good thing in a way and hopefully Ebay will get the message that sellers won't put up with the new rules but wow. All I want is a few yards of true blue velvet for less than $10 a yard, 4 or 5 yards of yellow silk, and a little over 2 yards of black silk. Nothing. I was getting the weirdest stuff coming up when I searched for black silk. Remember all the dupioni silk that use to be for sale on Ebay at any given time? No longer there. Despite searching for Yard* and clicking the search titles and descriptions box, I was still getting jackets, skirts, shirts, and other things that didn't have a thing to do with yardages. Actually, that's what most of the search was, jackets and shirts. I did see some cute monkeys in jester hats fabric that would be hilarious as seat cushions for the Baron of my household but they had very little to do with black silk.
So, ebay is clearly going down the tubes. I just hope the execs realize it and manage to rescue it, bring it back to the way it was four or five years ago, and not let it go the way of the dinosaur. Now, to go troll around on craigslist for blue cotton velvet.....
Remove the yard* search and you will find black silk, and other colors, too. I've been hunting eBay for similar stuff, and have my eye on a few different auctions right now, so I know it is there. Mostly under Crafts/Sewing & Fabric.

Sometimes they don't use yards, they might put in yds, yd, y, width, or nothing at all like that, and maybe just the " mark.
yeah, that's why I use yard* plus search description. Normally, people only put yds in the title. They spell out yard, yards, or yardage in the description. The wildcard after yard will find all three.

I'll go check the categories though. I might just give up and go to or use my joann's coupon...
This lack of spare time for much more than one or two commissions over on Etsy has actually helped me - I have not had the time to post on eBay since 2 weeks prior to Pennsic.

The competition (Dragonpipes) has drastically lowered her prices, when in fact, she should _not_ be. She's going to get hosed by eBay as soon as someone bites. It might be worth it to get a sale in once in a while, but to be honest, I would rather pass along my savings to my Etsy customers - where I know more of my sale does not end up in eBay's pocket.

Really what's on my brain right now is the whole "going electronic" thing eBay is planning on doing in mid-September. No more paper money (checks, or money order, or cash), only traceable electronic transactions, through PayPal or one other eBay approved source. That's it.

They are going to lose a _lot_ more buyers.

I think the new President is looking to sink the stock so he can buy it low, retire early, and then sell high if the company ever springs back from the hole he's dug for them.
Only paypal? Ouch. That will hurt. Especially when it's people you know who are buying. I have zero problem with taking cash or check from people I know when i bother to list anything. It makes it easier especially when I'm just meeting them at an event or the Renn Fest and can just hand the material/outfit over when they pay me right there on the spot....

Etsy is slow, but it is better.
PayPal, cc, and ProPay
Apparently paper transactions are now designated for local pickup only...

Read the clip from Lorrie Norrington's announcement, below:

Faster, more reliable checkout on eBay
Starting this fall, we're moving to an electronic checkout process that's faster and more reliable for sellers and buyers. As part of this move, checks and money orders will no longer be accepted on eBay, although buyers can still use these payment methods for item pick-up, at the seller's discretion. In addition, the electronic payment methods will be fully integrated into eBay checkout. For example, if a seller has an internet merchant account, a buyer will be able to directly enter a credit card and never have to leave the site.

Today, items paid with check or money order are 80% more likely to result in an item not received (INR) than those paid with credit card or PayPal. Also, buyers who pay with check or money order are 50% more likely to leave negative feedback than those who pay with electronic methods. So starting in late October, 2008, we are moving to 100% electronic payments - credit cards, ProPay, or PayPal.

This means that sellers will be able to offer credit card payments through their own merchant accounts, and payments through ProPay and/or PayPal, with all payment methods integrated into the checkout process on eBay. Seller will also get paid faster and be able to ship items quicker. And remember, for those buyers and sellers who use PayPal, we're backing every eligible transaction with our buyer and seller protections. (See more information on paperless payments and more on terms for the PayPal Buyer and Seller Protection plans.)