Doc was the first Tampa Bay area used car dealer to sell automobiles online 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. But fraud started chipping away at the founder’s trust and community values. Sadly so many buyers and sellers could no longer trust each other! 😥
Doc listed this 1985 Rolls Royce Silver Spur on eBay back in 1999 when eCommerce was young.
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 video he produced that mentioned election fraud . All the videos are backed up and are being replaced as time permits.
Doc produced this fraud awareness video in 2013. Corporate cyberstalkers attacked him using phantom YouTube channels, Weebly websites, and Rip-Off-Report false filings. 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 that documented the abuse from the 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. Trolls attacked his credibility as a 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!
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. Here is a fellow by the name of Micheal Donahue who talks about Doc in one of his podcasts. Another Blog that is imported here is my old Motor Vehicle Consumer Fraud Awareness website which saved countless consumers from l.osing their money!
Back in the mid 2000s scammers were pillaging the naive with sucker bait late model hi-line cars. BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz, and others. The prices cred out SCAM but being greedy many buyers lost big money falling for a too-good-to-be-true low price! One guy lost $43K on a car scam! 😥 The old HTML Archive is still online today. 😎 the scams were killing the founder’s trust and community values. Regardless Pierre and Meg bankrolled the profits, as trusting members were defrauded.
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 car dealers that front-line-ready quality used cars will not make a profit on eBay motors. 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! 😥