Doc was the first Tampa Bay area used car dealer to sell automobiles online back in 1999. eBay was a growing company that opened up a new marketplace for used cars and other items where there were none before. Car buyers in the northeast area could buy a rust-free Florida car in the middle of a blizzard and have it shipped home, and people did just that. Those were the good old days which brought much-needed honor and trust to the used car business! 🙂
It is noted that the greatest majority of videos embedded in this blog came from Doc’s Vimeo-pro account. That account was shut down by Vimeo for a single tech help video he produced that mentioned election fraud. When Donald Trump’s class-action lawsuit in which Doc is a claimant is settled the account should be reactivated. Otherwise, all the site’s videos are backed up.
Doc produced this fraud awareness video in 2013. Corporate cyberstalkers attacked him using phantom YouTube channels. Google refused to remove the cyberstalking videos from its YouTube hosting service. Seeing the abusive content was still on Google’s servers, Doc restored this site and another that documented the abuse from a server backup. 😎
The lengths this corporation went to punish outspoken former sellers, critics, and publishers who criticized their bad business practices are shameful. Doc founded the eBay motors sucks website in 2004 to warn consumers of fraud when used car scams were out of control on the site of the recently launched eBay Motors. He has paid a heavy price for his efforts since then. Trolls attacked his credibility as a motors seller. His girlfriend’s family was stalked. He was removed from his church because of lies told to his pastor. Corporate hate at its worst! It’s well documented here.
Six former employees of eBay, Inc. have been charged with leading a cyberstalking campaign targeting the editor and publisher of a newsletter that eBay executives viewed as critical of the company. The alleged harassment included sending the couple anonymous, threatening messages, disturbing deliveries including a box of live cockroaches, a funeral wreath and a bloody pig mask and conducting covert surveillance of the victims. This is what became of eBay’s glory days!
In the early 2000s, fraud started hurting the reputation of the newly launched eBay motors vehicle buying/selling venue. European scammers (mostly out of Romania) were stealing photos and descriptions from other listings. They listed collector and specialty cars at unrealistically low prices. Trusting buyers were being slaughtered by fraudsters who picked their pockets clean. 😥
Corporate insiders were stuffing their pockets full of cash and mostly denied the fraud. The venue built on trust was infested with scams that were killing the founder’s trust and community values. Regardless Pierre and Meg bankrolled the profits, as members were scammed.
Over the years eBay tried reinventing itself with mixed results. Failed adventures like eBay Valet and other ideas fizzled out. They had a well-established niche business in used merchandise but threw it away trying to compete with Amazon. The motors venue was once the highest income generator but has over the years lost its mojo. Bad buyers defrauded sellers with PayPal taking payments back from sellers, which drove another coffin in the eBay brand name coffin!
It’s a known fact among many used car dealers front-line-ready quality used cars will not make a profit on eBay motors. Many sellers are offering bargain-priced autos that have been wrecked or in a flood and have issues. There are many good deals online but do your homework before buying!
There’s an old saying that’s often true – nothing hurts worse than the truth! Corporate execs literally screwed Pierre’s TRUST and COMMUNITY Values into the ground, as buyers and sellers were ripped off. But it’s OK, Meg and Pierre made billions, and what’s left is eBay history! 😥