Now that I have closed the account, it's frozen so no one can do anything with it. It's kind of sad, I had that account since 1999. But since I no longer sell art on ebay and hardly buy anything it shouldn't effect me too much.
I have been thinking of trying etsy for selling the odd arty thing, anyone have tips/advice?
If you want some majorly scary reading, read the ebay message boards, they talk about phishers using links IN AN AUCTION to gather information, so you think you are just re-logging in to bid on an auction but it's really a phish. YIPES!
Here's the link if you want to freak yourself out. I think it's safe to say that I won't be using ebay forawhile.
I read your blog and thought maybe you would be like to check out www.etsy.com. It is like ebay, but it is for artist of all medias.
I also wanted to say that you have been a total inspriation to me and I have enjoyed every book you have written.
As of this month I will have my first show of my collage work. So thank you for being such a great inspriation.
well the CRAZY thing is that the hijacker did the verify thing and that's why I couldn't change my info. It verified as her info!!
LOL! It's probably some poor little old lady's house and they are hijacking her address.
these people are crazy! Ebay def. needs to be more proactive to stop them. Instead if it happens to you, they act like it's your fault you got hijacked.
This exact thing happened to me on Friday! I was checking my e-mail and saw a bunch of confirmations for Gucci purses that I sure as heck didn't list! I thought it was spam and was going to delete the e-mails, but then went to check my account and sure enough...there were about fifteen 24-hour Buy It Now auctions listed under my user name.
Like you, I have never responded to phishing e-mails, so am very concerned about how they got my info. They didn't change my name or password or anything, so the Live help guy told me to change my password and to change my e-mail password, too. I haven't bid/sold anything for several months. I think these people target semi-dormant accounts hoping we won't catch them in time.
It makes me sooooo angry that there are people out there that spoil something for everyone. GRRRRRRR
What happened to you on Ebay just sucks1 You defineitly may want to try ETSY. In order to sell on Etsy, the items must be handmade, hand-altered, or a supply or vintage. It is much more of a community than Ebay. It is growing in leaps and bounds, too. they have just launched their full version, V2 in the last 10 days. As with any launch, there have been problems. I have found that the Admin there is very responsive, though, and are cleaning up the problems.
It's only .20 cents to list an item, for 4 months and then Etsy gets 3.5% of the listing fee. It's not an auction, just a shop, which is free.
I set up there in June and have been very happy overall with my Etsy experience. I actually found Etsy thru blogs by Misty Mawn, Pam Garrison and Tracy Webster.
To see my shop, go to:
Summer Sea Herbs
I'm so sorry to hear of your E-bay troubles! It just enraged me, as My hubby and I use E-bay sometimes too! So my hubby is on the hunt for you- he can get into the county auditors site, and will find out if there is an actual Sarah Early or someone with same last name living or renting that address. If not- you can contact the landlord/owner of that property, and they can report that there is a fraud being done at that location. (The landlord/owner will have to file a police report or do something- either their place is being used to commit a fraud,or it is them that is doing the fraud themselves, and they can be held responsible....)
I'll post to you whatever we find out- it may take a bit- but at least it's worth a try. I hate feeling powerless!
So far he found out it's in Shasta county and here is that sherrif's number to report it-
Shasta County (530 245-6165) Sherrif
It's Kari back agin with the hubby's update for you. First of all, he found out that her husband's name is Shaun, Shawn or Sean..... also, they are PROLIFIC in online mortgage flipping- and have many many many online mortages running concurrently right now,(USING that address) which is highly highly unusual and suspicious. The house appears to be out in the middle of nowhere, but is a fairly decent size ranch with a detatched garage......
That's all he could get for right now. Hope it helps-
thanks for the update! I figured it would just be some fake address. that would be crazy if the scammers put in their real address.
on the ebay boards I found other people mentioned that the same exact thing happened to them complete with the gucci bags and everything. So at least I know I am not alone.
I feel much better after closing my account.
Love your work! Your book was at my side when I decided to finally give collage a try.
I think the prices are so reasonable too. The only thing is you have to list frequently so people "see" you.
Geez I think Bella Vista might be near me....! want me to go poke her ?
Really I am not the poking type...but I thought I would offer.
Good luck to you - will be thinking of you.