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Home Depot/ebaY Comedy

Seeing all this latest hoo-ha regarding the Paypal checkout going into Home Depot reminded me of this scathing report from the past on ebay efencing.

Watch this video - Direct download

efencing ebay_long_version.flv
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Notice the content about Home Depot and the interview portion with a Home Depot representative.

 I'm just wondering how it could possibly be that Home Depot would have anything to do with sleazebaY?

Which kind of reminds me of what happened when the NRF started to go after ebay with the Organized Retail Crime Bill.

If everyone remembers, ebay ended up hiring the Retail Expert Who Advocated Auction Site Regulations.

In later versions of the bill, and after literally years of trying to get it passed, with ebay spending ungodly amounts in lobbying against it, all mention of online auctions was removed from the language of the bill.

 Of course, the problems with ebay efencing have not gotten any better. In fact it's probaly gotten worse with million dollar scams/fraud rings etc popping up like mushrooms on a spring morning.

I can hardly wait to see what comes out in the wash from this Home Depot episode.


I will say one more thing regarding the paypal/home depot situation.

Donahoe just gave us 2000 battlefields that he cannot control, defend, or censor. And to make it all the sweeter, paypal is funding the entire operation.

The most casual of comments, carefully placed, can have great impact. Keep thnat in mind if and when you go to Home Depot and see the paypal checkout signs.

The same tactic works well everywhere as a matter of fact. Word of mouth built ebay and it can also knock it down.


Note: The above video is usede/shared here under section 107 of the copyright laws, where exception is given for the use in criticism, education, research etc.

-- Edited by budnonymous on Sunday 18th of March 2012 11:02:05 AM


Exposing the sleazery of ebaY and PayPal


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Again, more recent related news which would seem to tend to make an average person wonder how ebaY/paypal/Home Depot could now be in bed together.

I'm still waiting for any sort of statement from ebay/paypal as to what they do with their share of all this fraud?


March 1, 2011

Dozens arrested in Phoenix retail theft ring

The Scottsdale Police Department, working with fraud investigators from eBay, Home Depot, Walmart and federal authorities, arrested 36 suspects involved in a major retail theft syndicate that returned stolen merchandise to retailers and then auctioned the gift cards on eBay, according to a Feb. 25 news release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. The case has uncovered more than $1.2 million in proceeds from the crime, authorities said. 

The investigation began in April 2010 after an eBay employee noticed suspicious activity on a user account linked to Wayne Clifford Bahlman, whom authorities describe as a ringleader of the theft organization. The account involved numerous auctions of merchandise credit cards through eBay. 

At the same time, Home Depot loss prevention personnel were looking into Bahlman because of suspicious returns and alleged shoplifting activity.

After months of investigation involving a task force that included members of the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Authority, police discovered an operation that allegedly recruited and paid individuals to steal objects from Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart. These items were then returned for store credit by various individuals, often using stolen identities. The store credit cards were turned over to Bahlman to sell on eBay. 

In another incident, a group of suspects connected to Bahlman were involved in a charity, called Angel Tree Foundation, that purchases new toys for children as Christmas gifts. Unbeknown to the charity, police said, the individuals were returning the new toys to Walmart and bringing the store credit cards to Bahlman.

Bahlman and 35 others were indicted by a grand jury and charged with 50 felony counts, including participation in a criminal syndicate, organized retail theft, fraudulent schemes and artifices, trafficking in stolen property and forgery.


Exposing the sleazery of ebaY and PayPal


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