Saturday, December 05, 2009

I Used To Like Ebay


OK, Ebay has offended me. Three times in the same commercial! And before I start, let me tell you that I was a seller on Ebay for 7 years. I was even a Power Seller which means I sold $1,000+ every month. But in the last few years the fees kept going up & my hours at work kept getting longer so I closed my Ebay store.

After just seeing this commercial on TV I feel like encouraging people NOT to buy anything on Ebay this holiday season. If you don't want to watch the commercial, I'll tell you a little about it. Starts out with this guy getting hand knit mittens from what you're supposing is his sweet little grandma. He says, "Let's talk about handmade gifts... nobody really likes them." Wait a minute... I like them. I would have loved to get hand knit mittens from my grandmother. He then says something like, "What about a snowmobile or a grill?" Excuse me, this guy needs to read my 30 days of Thanksgiving blog. You don't tell someone what they should give you. Especially someone who's probably living on a fixed income. You should be grateful that she even thought about giving you something.

Then at the end, he smells the mittens and says, "...smells like church." Hey, I like the way my church smells.

So, all you blog readers, don't buy gifts from Ebay this year. Make them yourself or go to a site like Etsy where you can find high quality, unique, handmade gifts.

And if anyone wants to give me handmade mittens that smell like church, please do. I'll wear them proudly and brag about the wonderful friend I have that spent so much time making a gift for me!!!

15 comments:

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

Very well put!
I have not been on ebay in a LONG time ~ I too used to sell and I used to buy a lot but I got disheartened by them and stopped. I started to buy from my family owned shops and on Etsy as well ~
I remember a time where all of my Christmas gifts came from Ebay and now most of them were either made by me, from Etsy or picked up here and there through the year locally!
Blessings!

Cottage In The Sun said...

Wow! And I don't mean that in a positive way ... that's just a tacky commercial.

The Graceful Stitch said...

I totally agree with you. Some of the best gifts I have ever received have been handmade. Why is it that church always has to be slammed in commercials. I love the way my church smells too. I am reminded that one day, "every knee shall bow..." Time to get back to making things!

© Jennifer Raley said...

AMEN! You go girl!
If I only knew how to knit or crochet - I'd make you some mittens. And thank you or standing up for homemade and the thought that counts. You betcha on the Thanksgiving blog!
:)

© Jennifer Raley said...

I braved up and watched it. Not good. The last comment really digs it in bad.

The Catnap Cottage said...

I saw that and I was offended too. I am giving mostly handmade afghans this year, it takes actual days to make an afghan. You may have less than $20 in it for supplies, but the time it takes is almost immeasurable. And that other comment, ugh!! Some people and companies just don't have a clue what is REAL! As my Nanny would have said it, they are just getting a little too big for their britches!!Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

onemotherslove said...

Wow, major fail, eBay.

Cozy said...

You and I may have a fight over the mittens. I would love any gift that was handmade for me!

I have not shopped Ebay in a long time and with that attidude on their part it will be a lot longer.

♥Mimi♥ said...

The gifts that I hug and treasure and love the most are the paper stars from my grandchildren, the homemade applesauce from my daughter-in-law, the pickled beets from my daughter-in-law, the little hand-prints of my grandchildren stenciled on old barn wood - need I go on? I'd rather have something heart-and-home-made than anything that any amount of money can buy.

eBay - hey, they just slammed oodles of their sellers that use their venue to sell handmade items. What in the heck were they thinking!

Lana of Honeysuckle Lane said...

I love, cherish, and appreciate handmade / homemade gifts! And the actor's last comment was a kick in the gut from ebay, to say the least.
Two thumbs down for ebay from me!

myeuropeantouch said...

Greedy ,greedy, greedy...taktless commercial...it seems they are stearing towards getting rid of the small business seller over there...just commented on the new paypal rue over there...give me anything handmade or church anytime...Amen, sister...

Denise said...

completely tasteless commercial. I am with you - no ebay in my life this Christmas.

Senkyoushi said...

AMEN!

texcinlulu said...

Thank you.
I,too was offended by this thoughtless commercial. I no longer buy from ebay because of paypal. They are a bunch of crooks.

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

I Totally agree with you Ann!
Unfortunately, I will be having to sell a lot on eBay in the very near future. I, too, am a power seller. My husband and I have watched them become greedier and greedier over the years--they care nothing for all the people who have made them rich beyond their wildest dreams. The commercial is not only a product of this god-hating culture we live in, but shows eBays true heart.
We are in a business where we have to deal with them. Thank God for Etsy and for all the wonderful crafters out there!
I love handmade best!!!!!!
Blessings to You from the Cabin!
Claudia O.

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