Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Here is a multi-page story about a guy who stole a pile of money via fictitious eBay auctions and skipped town. What gets me is that the article is trying to claim (somehow) that it's eBay's fault because they didn't do more to stop the guy. The short story is he spent four years (!!!!) trading on eBay just like he was supposed to, accumulating an overwhelmingly positive feedback rating (read: "reputation"). Then, he fired up a whole pile of auction items, collected the cash from the winners, and skipped town. Obviously, then, it's eBay's fault for not using their crack team of psychic predictors floating in their nutrient pools to determine that the guy was going to embezzle all the money and split. Bad company, no biscuit.