January 27, 2000 |
As the computer marketplace becomes a larger part of the hobby, about the last thing collectors needed to hear was a recent declaration in the January eBay magazine acknowledging that there are authenticity problems on eBay's Internet auction site. According to the lead story in the magazine, eBay has some 10,000 autographs available at any given time and admits that it has become a prime target for those who deal in forged memorabilia. What makes a computer site so desirable, obviously, is the fact that it is a new industry, a new way to sell collectibles, and lots of online buyers are considerably less sophisticated than longtime hobbyists.
September 7, 2012
EARLIER THIS month, San Francisco's Toronado bar celebrated its 25th anniversary with T25 , a commemorative beer brewed by California's Russian River Brewing. The supply of about 100 cases of the strong, sour, barrel-aged ale, priced at $25 a bottle, sold out in three days. Like many one-offs, it was here today, gone tomorrow . . . And then resold the following day on eBay. One bottle has already been auctioned for $159, and more are sure to follow. It's a common practice that has several small brewers up in arms.
January 26, 2002 |
Billions of dollars in life savings were lost in the Enron Corp. debacle - but some enterprising souls are recouping at least a little of their money. Nearly 2,000 souvenirs bearing the Enron logo, many coming from former company employees, are being auctioned on the popular eBay Web site. The objects have gained worldwide interest, and some have sold for more than $200 apiece. One current Enron employee, who sold a company paperweight on eBay, estimated a huge personal loss from the former energy-trading giant's spectacular collapse last fall.
February 17, 2006 |
As eBay has grown from a virtual flea market to a market force, it's also grown up. Now, it's possible to click and find sophisticated home-decorating resources - everything from Ralph Lauren wallpaper to McCoy pottery. Type in "damask upholstery fabric," for example, and on a typical day you'll find 90 listings for items such as five yards of a Brunschwig & Fils blue-and-gold silk stripe (retail $100 a yard). The eBay cost: a lot less. Providing, of course, that you resist the adrenaline rush of online bidding and don't overpay.
December 15, 2002 |
Add Amtrak tickets to the long list of travel-related goods and services you can bid for on eBay. The railroad announced early this month that it would make a limited number of tickets available on the online auction site as part of a three-month trial. Adult coach-class round-trip and one-way tickets are being offered between a variety of cities. Each posting notes the train route, dates available (usually a range), links to schedules, and the latest bid. Payment is by credit card.
October 3, 2014 |
A former eBay executive was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for insider trading tied to the Internet auction site's 2011 acquisition of a King of Prussia-based e-commerce firm. Christopher Saridakis, 45, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty in May, admitting he tipped off friends and relatives to a pending $2.4 billion deal between San Jose, Calif.-based eBay and GSI Commerce, where he worked as a marketing director. Saridakis was named a senior vice president at eBay after GSI's purchase.
July 19, 2010 |
The Vale-Rio Diner, the Phoenixville landmark where regulars came for coffee, pie, and conversation for 60 years, has been put up for auction on eBay. The "Val," as it was known, was posted online July 12 at an asking price of $250,000, co-owner Francis J. Puleo said Sunday. Puleo said he and his brother Richard J. Puleo wrestled with what to do with the diner before reluctantly agreeing to the move last week. "It was a very emotional decision," said Francis Puleo, who reported that he had already received a few nibbles from potential buyers.
May 12, 2015 |
Her arms draped in Hermes Birkin handbags that retail for $13,000 each, a laughing Linda Lightman had to confess: She doesn't own a single one herself. "But they're coveted by many," she added with considerable appreciation. Such longing will translate into $25 million in sales this year for Linda's Stuff, the online luxury-consignment business Lightman started 15 years ago. At eBay, where a projected $83 billion in gross merchandise value was transacted last year, Linda's Stuff is considered a superstar.
May 31, 2013 |
The way Patrick Rodgers sees it, he has two primary locations for his business, which includes promoting Gothic and neo-medieval music, and selling collectible trading cards for a fantasy game called Magic: The Gathering. One is on Fourth Street in Queen Village, where he has a landlord, a lease, and basic due-process rights for his Digital Ferret shop - including that his landlord can't just board up the store or summarily evict him. The other is online at eBay, where he owns a store called the MTG Place - and where, Rodgers complains, the Internet-marketplace giant maintains an almost neo-medieval level of control.
December 16, 2001 |
Christopher Schleyer cut his college years short at Rowan University in Glassboro, Gloucester County, after his collectibles business took off - on eBay, the online auction site. "I was on full scholarship, but I dropped out because I was doing so well," he said. "Everybody thought you could get rich on eBay. " That was four years ago. Today, Schleyer's eBay sales have slowed considerably, as more and more sellers of collectibles have crammed their wares onto the popular site.