Jan 6, 2006

What about eBay?

Question: This brings up the question – are things available through eBay that are advertised as “New” actually compact-friendly? Certainly it isn’t promoting the construction of new mega-stores, but…

One answer:
Good question. I tend to think of this as a slippery slope (particularly eBay and Amazon "new and used.") Maybe we can set some kind of standard specifying that the seller through these venues must be a private citizen and not a retailer (?)

8 comments:

Nutmeg5 said...

When in doubt, always buy local. There are independent bookstores srtuggling to survive the bigbox onslaught (Like Bird and Beckett in Glen Park).
No reason to buy from Amazon or even eBay when there are local alternatives

Nestor said...

plenty of big companies are simply using ebay for all their trading now anyway, it is just the same as HMV, Borders, any of them.

And all but impossible to ensure workers' rights are upheld as well - compact or none, that vile group should be boycotted!

Tito said...

Some food for thought about buying USED from places like Amazon and eBay...

There are many people like myself that have "downsized" and de-cluttered by selling used books, consumer electronics and baby stuff on places like Amazon and eBay. I try to get other people to do the same. When I buy used from these places I tend to buy from the individual sellers. It's not too hard to tell if you know what to look for (i.e. low # of ratings).

Question: If people are going to buy used would it be better to buy from private citizens online or local for-profit retailers?

Judy said...

I sell a lot of used 'like new' books and cd's on half.com, which is now owned by ebay. I also sell my own art on ebay.

When I buy things on ebay, I usuall am buying art from other self-representing artists. Ebay has been a great boon to artists and craftspeople who now are able to sell directly to collectors all over the world, without needing to find agents or galleries to market their work for them.

The same is true for other small business people. There is a downside and an upside to EBay, as with anything, and I think demonizing Ebay as a whole makes no sense.

resource miser said...

go with your gut! you already know the answer, stick to the principles

yes somewhere along the line someone has to buy it new and then they sell or give away

but that's the battle, do we really need all this junk?

in most cases, the answer is: we have enough to do with what we have already and most likely haven't been responsible about it, so why add to the burden with a poor track record?

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that the Compact has little to do with individuals versus companies, and everything to do with examining one's patterns of excessive consumption. If shopping eBay, are you looking for something you REALLY need, or just saving money.

The Compact shouldn't aim to destroy an economy, but rather attempt to promote humane limits to the "growth at all costs" philosophy of laissez faire capitalism.

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Anonymous said...

Another problem with eBay is the distance that the items will have to be transported to get to you (using fossil fuels).