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Rise And Fall Of eBay Motors Credibility And Trust

Video documentary about how corporate short term gains and massive concealed auction fraud killed eBay Motors. The most trustworthy vehicle trading venue ever conceived on the Internet!

eBay Motors original concept was to sell and complete your car sale on the motors website. It was a suspendable offense to lure a buyer off the motors site to make a deal. Sometime after John Donahoe took over as eBay CEO those rules were apparently relaxed.

A new fee structure for car dealers was $50 per car, plus listing upgrades, with no final value fee. Dealers started working bidders and vehicle inquiries as leads and closed their deals off the motors site. It was closing the deal on eBay Motors and both sides leaving factual feedback that gave eBay Motors an edge over classified websites like AutoTrader etc. This YourGMDealer fiasco comes to mind.

We have witnessed how this website has fallen in popularity. Meg Whitman and Pierre Omidyar got rich quick, as trusting eBay members literally were slaughtered by thousands of car scams. Phishing, cross site scripting, hijacked sellers accounts, zero feedback scams, and more, has done it’s number on eBay Motors.

Slowly eBay has been moving it’s motors site to eBay core. I’m sure they know the motors name is mud. But it’s all their own doing. Ignoring their own once successful policies, and ignoring the fraud that consumed the venue. As Meg Whitman once said, the fraud percentage is so small it’s minuscule.

eBayMotors was originally a partnership between eBay and I remember the sites big black header that drew complaints about all the ink it took to print a page out. But on each side of that header graphic was both companies logos. I remember noticing the auto trader logo disappear off the site. Soon afterward eBay Motors started it’s slow decent into the abyss.

ebay end partnership early

Recently we discovered eBay had merged their eBay Motors Facebook page with their core site page, and since then it disappeared. But after we blogged about the Facebook page merger, today it’s back! 😆

Apparently in an attempt to discredit my findings eBay INC had the previous page restored. But once again i catch eBay in yet another embarrassing cover-up. We produced this video laying out the differences between the two pages. And the replacement page is not verified yet. Also a Yahoo search shows eBay Motors Facebook page is blocked by a robots.txt file.

Ouch.. Yet another embarrassing cover-up busted by ole Doc! 😆

From this archived forum post from 2004.

Seller TONY1963: Let me be one of the first to say “hoo wee” about your new enhancement (not). Perhaps you should try bringing real buyers to the site. The only way to sell a buy it now is if you sell the car below your cost.

Now that you have convinced everyone that you can buy a car here below wholesale, the only thing that sells is JUNK.

Right doc?

Please watch this video fully to see some of the suspected fraud examples i have archived over the last 10 years. eBay Corporate literally screwed this site into the ground.

Back in 2005 fraudsters were mimicking Secure Trade a spinoff of Square Trade. They had created a look-a-like website to make their deadly scams look legitimate. Many trusting eBay members were defrauded of their money. At that time Doc registered the same domain with the .info extension to warn potential eBay scam victims.

Doc’s classic html website is still here. Not being mobile friendly, the really old stuff doesn’t get much traffic. We blogged this post 10 Years Documenting eBay Car Scams back in 2014, that contains an assortment of early scams.

While you’re here, check out my popular article “Used Car Buying And Selling Internet Guide” Link above. The butt you save might wind up being your own. 😉

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