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PayPal: Big Brother's Little Helper

Has PayPal's acceptable use policy become much broader recently? I just received notice of changes to PayPal's acceptable use policy. I was surprised at the number of things that they have restrictions on. One in particular seemed like the kiss of death: No porn for you unless it's from eBay's Mature section. Won't somebody think of the cam girls? With many banks now offering some sort of internet check-writing facility is PayPal really even a valid business model anymore outside of eBay?
posted by substrate on Mar 14, 2003 - 10 comments

eBay

Big Brother does all his shopping on eBay.
posted by Beholder on Mar 10, 2003 - 16 comments

Hey, there's my knife!

State of California sells confiscated items on eBay. Actually, it's not just items confiscated at airports -- it's any kind of surplus the state wants to get rid of. See the complete list here. (Apparently they unload some at Goodwill, too.) (SFGate link via ObscureStore)
posted by Vidiot on Mar 2, 2003 - 12 comments

Personal history for sale!

Personal history for sale! Further evidence that the line between the physical and internet worlds are melting. What aspect of our lives are not for sale?
posted by Birichini on Feb 18, 2003 - 20 comments

From the eBay-fun corner

Does the eBay fun ever stop? Apparently not. Sometimes, auctions like these are even more hilarious than The Onion. Sometimes.
posted by cinematique on Jan 29, 2003 - 26 comments

First Law of Thermodynamics Repealed?

Perpetual-motion machine being sold on eBay. It's essentially six automotive alternators connected (via motorcycle chain) to an electric motor. One of the alternators supposedly powers the motor, leaving the remaining five to provide 700W of free energy. Sigh...people actually believe this crapola?
posted by Vidiot on Jan 21, 2003 - 25 comments

Ebay Jetpack Sale: Only $1M!

The Future of Transportation: No automobiles polluting the environment... No need to seal the Earth in concrete... Just the joy of flight in your own jetpack! Okay, maybe I'm dreaming (a nightmare, actually, for the auto and oil industries...) But your own Personal Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle: Solo Trek XFV can now be had for a paltry $1M. Isn't this what we dreamed of as kids? (Like everything, the price is bound to drop as the technology gets cheaper. Mass production, etc... Wouldn't it be nice? *sigh*)
posted by Shane on Jan 10, 2003 - 16 comments

Bridgeville, CA

Hurry! Not much time left to buy this entire town!
posted by Pretty_Generic on Dec 26, 2002 - 18 comments

E-Bay Scammers and Internet Fraud

A Mac user scorned is a dangerous thing... Gotta hand it to this guy: persistence pays off. After being scammed with $3000 in forged cashier checques in an eBay transaction, this seller took matters into his own hands. How secure do you feel making transaction over eBay and related services? What kinds of internet fraud have you faced or fear? And most interesting of all, to what extent have you gone to correct evils done to you?
posted by tgrundke on Dec 12, 2002 - 51 comments

Darthmouth Swimming

Budget cuts threatening your college athletic team? No problem. Raise $210,000 on eBay.
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy on Dec 4, 2002 - 7 comments

Selling on ebay as a copyright infringement

Selling a used item as a copyright infringement? Used knitting patterns are often resold by the original buyer when they've used them. "Alice Starmore(R)" is a company that makes patterns and yarns for knitters. Ebay is a big clearinghouse for knitters, and "Alice Starmore(R)" has repeatedly insisted that ANY auction of their yarns or patterns be pulled as the auctions violate their trademark and/or copyrights. So the knitters are getting a defense fund together to claim anti-trust and restraint of trade. Didn't we sort this all out over selling used books and cd's already? You really shouldn't mess with people who have a hobby that makes them adept with big metal needles. (BTW Alice Starmore is from the Hebrides, hence the whole "KnittingBeyond..." business.)
posted by Salmonberry on Nov 29, 2002 - 19 comments

eBay Prevents Musician from Selling Own CD-Rs

eBay Prevents Musician from Selling Own CD-Rs
posted by entrustNoOne on Oct 31, 2002 - 17 comments

Helplessly Addicted to eBay Barbie!

Helplessly Addicted to eBay Barbie!
posted by bclark on Oct 23, 2002 - 10 comments

Attention all Peters, Parkers, or both:

Attention all Peters, Parkers, or both: Your name may earn you a free copy of Spiderman on VHS or DVD.... Thats if you don't mind faxing over vital documents to Ebay subsidiary Half.com.
posted by dr_dank on Oct 16, 2002 - 6 comments

EBay in patent dispute.

EBay in patent dispute. EBay is currently involved in a patent dispute with someone who claims to have patented the idea of online auctions in 1995. EBay believes it has found prior art in a USENET post from 1994.
posted by CrunchyFrog on Sep 30, 2002 - 7 comments

Kurt Cobain's childhood is home for sale on eBay. "The inspiration for lyrics of many of his songs were derived from life in Montesano during these early teen years." [thanks spotmeter]
posted by mathowie on Sep 13, 2002 - 17 comments

A Scranton, PA man is auctioning 250,000 pieces of software mostly games from the 80s and early 90s composed of around 20,000 unique titles (2MB Excel Spreadsheet) for $250,000. He says its the worlds biggest collection and many games are rare and in demand. You will need trucks and warehouse. If anyone can afford to sit on these for a few decades untill the 80s generation gets old and nostalgic it could be the Schoyen of early computer gameing software.
posted by stbalbach on Sep 8, 2002 - 16 comments

Don't steal people's bandwidth for your auctions, lest ye be prepared to suffer the consequences of your actions.
posted by Arvid on Sep 6, 2002 - 24 comments

Let the market decide

Let the market decide where Dan Bern will play next. Bern and his band are auctioning off a private concert at the auction winner's house. You can apparently make his appearance as large or intimate as you want. Would a dutch auction like this be enough to build a U.S. tour on?
posted by Dirjy on Sep 5, 2002 - 3 comments

AIM screen name 'satan' going for $15k

AIM screen name 'satan' going for $15k in an apparent bidding war that abandoned all sense of reality. Still three days left, let's see if they can break $50k? The dark lord could not be reached for comment, though jesusrox232 called it "ridiculous."
posted by mathowie on Aug 26, 2002 - 29 comments

Own the Bus that Drowning Pool's Lead Singer was found Dead in.

Own the Bus that Drowning Pool's Lead Singer was found Dead in. Is this a hoax or a morbid curiosity collectible? Would you buy a Haunted Painting or celebrity death memorabilia? [link via actionmanmagazine board]
posted by drezdn on Aug 15, 2002 - 19 comments

Ebay. The place to go for collectors...of evidence.
posted by anathema on Jul 22, 2002 - 1 comment

Terrist messages in digital photographs questioned

Terrist messages in digital photographs questioned (salon.com). Last week, USA Today raised a stir by claiming that terrorists were trading hidden messages in images on ebay by the "hundreds" using an uncited source. Salon contacting other sources willing to go on the record found that finding hundreds of hidden messages requires sampling more files than were posted to ebay in the past year. In addition steganography analysis turns up a high rate of false-positivies. Is this a case of seeing what we want to see like the Bacon-Shakespeare ciphers?
posted by KirkJobSluder on Jul 18, 2002 - 18 comments

AOL Joins the "Irregularity" Parade?

AOL Joins the "Irregularity" Parade? "AOL converted legal disputes into ad deals. It negotiated a shift in revenue from one division to another, bolstering its online business. It sold ads on behalf of online auction giant eBay Inc., booking the sale of eBay's ads as AOL's own revenue. AOL bartered ads for computer equipment in a deal with Sun Microsystems Inc. AOL counted stock rights as ad and commerce revenue in a deal with a Las Vegas firm called PurchasePro.com Inc."
posted by owillis on Jul 18, 2002 - 17 comments

eBayPal.

eBayPal. Say, if PayPal doesn't deliver its stock, will they get negative feedback? (See also The Reg coverage.)
posted by darukaru on Jul 8, 2002 - 16 comments

This is the auction for you,

This is the auction for you, if you've totally forgotten what crystal pepsi tasted like, and you want to relive the glory.
posted by jcterminal on Jun 2, 2002 - 47 comments

[this is bad]

[this is bad] Now you can buy your way onto Filepile.
posted by johnnydark on May 23, 2002 - 84 comments

NASA scavenges on eBay for old parts for Space Shuttle

NASA scavenges on eBay for old parts for Space Shuttle [NYT link-reg req] The Space Shuttle is so old that many of the parts for it are no longer being made. NASA has been reduced to buying old equipment on eBay to scavenge for circuit boards and old CPUs.
posted by geneablogy on May 12, 2002 - 10 comments

1951 Stratocaster For Sale.

1951 Stratocaster For Sale. For you Fender Stratocaster/guitar freaks this deal seems too good to pass up. I'm a sucker for a funny Ebay parody.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on May 3, 2002 - 22 comments

Rustic lake cabin near Stillwater, MN, heart of the Lakes Country. 650 square feet with vintage 1950s appliances and furnishings---lot and woodchipper not included.
posted by nathan_teske on Apr 18, 2002 - 4 comments

Truth in advertising

Truth in advertising is such a rare thing. I particularly like the reply to the VP of Engineering from Polk Audio. You can only wonder if it was a real email or somebody just trying to yank his chain.
posted by johnmunsch on Apr 11, 2002 - 9 comments

april fools from ebay

april fools from ebay i hadn't realized it was april fools until the nice people at ebay reminded me.
posted by ggggarret on Apr 1, 2002 - 6 comments

The last living member of the Heaven's Gate cult is auctioning off the leader's van on Ebay.
posted by Pinwheel on Mar 28, 2002 - 11 comments

Ebay at it's best.

Ebay at it's best. I don't know, I think I'd buy the video . . .
posted by christian on Mar 12, 2002 - 18 comments

There's no justice like angry mob justice.

There's no justice like angry mob justice. "But like vigilante gangs of the American frontier, ad hoc communities seeking justice on the electronic frontier sometimes trample the very laws they seek to enforce, as their quest for justice warps into a plot for revenge." Sounds familiar. Man swindles eBayers out of 125 grand; angry mob takes control of his e-mail account, grills his mother and assumes his identity.
posted by Big Fat Tycoon on Jan 25, 2002 - 3 comments

Do you want to be a slum lord?

Do you want to be a slum lord? Well you can, with just $2,100,000, you can own enough guns and cheap broken tv sets to last a lifetime. Yes, you even get to own their dirty laundry as well. "ALL OUTSTANDING LOANS ( ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE ) $200,000.00 BRINGING IN 20% PER MONTH." I am sure that you can walk up to these people and collect right away ;-)
posted by outsider on Jan 19, 2002 - 11 comments

Enron Employees make Ends meet on eBay

Enron Employees make Ends meet on eBay
Ah eBay. Enron employees in Houston are making ends meet by selling just about anything related to Enron on eBay. In addition to stock certificates you can also buy Enron's Risk Management Manual (great excerts too) and Enron's Code of Ethics book. Or, if you are into Enron's objects d'art, check out these awards given to executives who completed the Executive Impact & Influence Program program. They were all yo-yos of course.
posted by DragonBoy on Jan 16, 2002 - 7 comments

What would you pay for this stuff?

What would you pay for this stuff? CBS/Survivor auctions off gee-gaws from Survivor Africa to benefit Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation. Way to go Survivor! As much as you may not like this show, it's a pretty cool thing to do. Would you pay $25,000 for the Immunity Idol, though?
posted by aacheson on Jan 11, 2002 - 12 comments

Is it buyer beware or Ebay's responsability

Is it buyer beware or Ebay's responsability when 75 winners of Playstation 2 systems receive nothing but a picture of the unit that cost them $300.00
posted by Eric Lloyd NYC on Dec 30, 2001 - 42 comments

This

This unsettled me more than this. Or maybe it's a case that she has flushed any true happiness down the toilet by being so devoted to work, that it's a good thing. The jury is out for me, but not for some rapscallion who has bid a quarter of a million.
posted by Frasermoo on Dec 18, 2001 - 31 comments

Ebay just gets weirder and weirder

Ebay just gets weirder and weirder Going cheap, at only a fiver! Bargain, eh?
posted by metaxa on Dec 11, 2001 - 30 comments

What will people auction-off next?

What will people auction-off next? And what ever happened to that person who said he would post a link on MeFi for the high-bidder? Did the post ever go up? Was it worth it? Totally slow newsday.
posted by tsarfan on Dec 3, 2001 - 14 comments

Is your inability to become a new MeFi member too much to handle? Well, you can just follow this man's example, and buy your way in!
posted by christian on Nov 18, 2001 - 40 comments

c2it to be free; PayPal raising fees.

c2it to be free; PayPal raising fees. Will this spell the end of PayPal? Free c2it from Citibank can be used the same way the "old" PayPal could (for friends and roommates to settle up bills) as well cutting deeply into PayPal's core on-line auction settlement business (well over half its revenue), already under attack by eBay's Billpoint.
posted by MattD on Nov 16, 2001 - 8 comments

eBay

eBay scum take advantage of xbox launch. Check out this and this auction. Do these people have no ethics?
posted by milnak on Nov 15, 2001 - 62 comments

24th century* apartment. Only $4 million.

24th century* apartment. Only $4 million.
*Actual 24th century-ness of the apartment will not be known until we actually reach the 24th century.
posted by andrewraff on Nov 9, 2001 - 17 comments

They're auctioning off my childhood.

They're auctioning off my childhood. But I can always pick up the original Enterprise for only US$15,000. Starting bid, of course. Maybe I'd rather have Shatner's Kirk tunic -- a steal at only US$6,000.
posted by honkzilla on Nov 2, 2001 - 10 comments

Do not bid on this painting

Do not bid on this painting if you are succeptible [sic] to stress related disease, faint of heart or are unfamiliar with supernatural events.
posted by obiwanwasabi on Oct 17, 2001 - 28 comments

A University of Michigan study has concluded that terrorists were not using hidden messages embedded in eBay auction images to plan the attacks. However, speculation that Ritz cracker advertisements were used has not yet been refuted.
posted by jjg on Sep 26, 2001 - 5 comments

Bid Now!

Bid Now! Six more days left if you're looking for someone to beat the living crap out of you. C'mon. You know you want to.
posted by jcterminal on Sep 23, 2001 - 11 comments

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