In both of these videos i disclosed that eBay had silently merged then removed their motors Facebook page. Apparently in a silly futile move to try and discredit my findings and cover up what they did, they tried putting it back. 🙄
But the newly whipped up eBay Motors Facebook page was not the same as before. It also lacked the Facebook verified logo as was previously displayed. Further investigation revealed that Facebook page had been blocked by a robots.txt file.
It’s obvious that eBay is attempting to cover up it’s Motors division’s horrible reputation by moving the car listing pages from the Motors site to eBay core. None of the vehicle listings mention eBay Motors anywhere. Add in this Facebook page cover-up, it’s quite clear what they are trying to do.
Back in 1999 when i started selling cars on eBay it was before the motors site was conceived. When it was rolled out, eBay Motors was a partnership between eBay and Autotrader.com. Luring a car buyer off the site to do the deal “Off Of eBay” was a suspendable offense.
But after John Donahoe took over as eBay CEO those off site transaction rules were dropped. Dealers that were listing cars on eBay Motors were provided their bidders contact info and bidders often complained about getting a phone call or e-mail from a car salesperson trying to sell them the car right now.
Then in 2009 when GM emerged from bankruptcy they struck up a deal with eBay to sell new GM cars on the venue. The sellers account YourGmDealer was born. But it was doomed from the start. Enter the buyer 661HenryGlen that bought 3 new GM cars and left positive feedback minutes later. It was said that GM was shill buying their eBay account to get things rolling. But the negative feedback piled up.
There used to be an advantage to selling used cars on eBay Motors. Transactions were closed on the Motors Website and both parties left factual feedback. eBay Motors was a hit – and at one time provided the majority of income for eBay Inc.
But with eBay Motors reputation being so bad it’s clear to see why eBay executives are trying to sweep it under the rug. No matter what you call the new Motors site, or no matter what part of eBay core the site is moved to, if it’s policy is not revised, and it’s one time good credibility restored, it’s a forever done deal.
Back in the good old days when the motors website started getting sour. Many of us that hung out on the eBay Motors Discussion Board tried to advise eBay management what was needed. We suggested a complete separate policy for eBay Motors vehicles. We also suggested several things like an arbitration panel to help settle buyer and seller disputes. None of our suggestions were implemented. Just like i have been suggesting for many years that eBay enable ID Verify for new vehicle sellers with no feedback established. And fixing the broken eBay Motors VIN Decoder where it rejects 17, 0’s 1’s etc. Those two things were never implemented either.
All that remains are mostly fond memories for so many early eBay Motors sellers that believed in the trust and credibility Pierre Omidyar founded eBay under. It sure was great back in the good old days. How could eBay screw this site up?
While your here, check out my popular post “Used Car Buying And Selling Internet Advice.” The butt you save just might wind up being your own. 😉
Former eBay Motors PowerSeller and retired licensed Florida used car dealer with over 40 years experience in the business blogs about eBay. Doc shares helpful advice for motor vehicle buyers and sellers. Have questions or need help? Ask Doc!