Rebalancing eBay: Uber Retail & Personality

eBay has been rebalanced (again) to support the biggest sellers with the least personality.

That’s not me.

For the disinterested: with the new “lowest fees ever” a listing to my store costs twenty cents this morning where it was three cents last night. That’s because I didn’t upgrade my store subscription. I’m not even sure I HAVE a store, I have to check.

The whole thing favors the sellers to pay a couple hundred dollars a month to play and then can list eleven billion dollars’ worth of Chinese crap that just landed here tomorrow, frankly.

That’s not me again. Unfortunately, I HAPPEN to really make my money presenting antiques, and while they don’t appear to have completely goofed that up yet there really is no alternative.

I THINK I know how to adjust to the adjustments. I’ve spent a couple of rather solitary months getting my “other” ID (no store at all) ready, updating my Amazon store, filling up the Bonanzle store and creating and now stocking the Thingery store (ongoing, see Thingery Store ).

Most of this is with some regret. Shouldn’t be, I suppose. It’s been a fun interesting ride and I might be correct with my preparations. It won’t take long to find out.

Spluttering About Socialism

I was just watching some people of my age and background spluttering about how the country is turning to “socialism” or even “communism” and of course we have therefor gone all to Hell.

We need to make some assumptions.

Let’s assume “socialism” is an economic system.

Let’s assume “communism” is not about living in communes.

You know, it’s funny. Since I happen to actually KNOW these random splutterers, they happen to be those guys from whom it took 40 years for us to hear. I think their new voices are what’s fueling the small number of defeated politicians who are claiming their constituencies are outraged.

While these right-wingers were ruining the country for decades they were quite ungracious to those of us who once espoused what we’ve now pulled off. Not only were we unpatriotic, we were “communists”.

And often we were killed, jailed, driven from the country, otherwise ruined, whatever.

Well, assuming the New Outraged are mostly talking about the health care reform the US just passed, and wondering how they get from Point A to their present day arguments which seem to be yearning for 1968 again, I think I’d like to point out something:

Two-thirds of us mandated the changes you are now seeing in the last Presidential election. If your “capitalism” is what spawned the outrageous behavior of the still-unpunished corporate thieves who sank our economy recently, then, yes, let us move to another system.

I think the original argument, however, was about making so many of us stand outside of Doctor’s Headquarters, wondering how in the world to get in there.

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