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10-02-2012 05:30 PM
10-02-2012 10:33 PM
I don't think political discussions are allowed on this board.
I also think that if the case has merits, eBay has plenty enough money to support the case without begging a lot of poor booksellers for it.
After all, it's their market they are trying to protect.
10-02-2012 11:32 PM
I got the same email.
Don't fall for the "big bad publisher" schtick until you follow the money.
eBay's motivation is clear: If the seller made something in the neighborhood of $40,000, then eBay and PayPal made about 18% plus the same on shipping.
Multiply that by all the other "entrepreneurs" in books. (and spice if up with gray market sellers in other areas)
Seems to make sense now how the sellers of cheap overseas editions of textbooks have listed them under the ISBN numbers of the U.S. editions with impunity, despite the numerous complaints from buyers that just didn't realize that a listing for a new U.S. hardcover editon with color illustrations could transform into an Indian paperback in black and white with a couple little disclaimers buried in the description.
And eBay doesn't mention that the authors of the textbooks got shafted by the illegal importation of foreign editions, because they signed a contract that specifies lower royalties on those cheaper foreign editions.
Not too long ago eBay was banning the sale of perfectly legal teacher's editions and didn't seem to have any problem choosing their buttered side rather than the legal side of small entreprenurs just trying to make a buck.
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— cornercube, 2009
10-03-2012 06:20 AM
I'm surprised that ebay opposes imposition of the sales tax. It's another opportunity for them to make money--just as they did for shipping, they'll probably try to charge their percentage on the final cost, including taxes.