Can someone please tell me how Ebay regulates it's members activities on the site ? I was selling some second hand kids clothes including school shoes and last night a member messaged me with the following message: 'Hello, I work for a deodorising company and I am looking to buy really smelly footwear (flats, slippers, trainers, sandals, insoles, socks,...). For now, I am more interested in footwear worn by girls between 6 to 16 years old because we have already found lots of sellers of adults and boys footwear. Do you have something for sale? I can pay up to £20 per pair. Please let me know, Regards.'
I am in no doubt this is a pervert and feel that Ebay as a company has a responsibility to bar members who are acting in this way on the site - so complained about them this morning, got a standard reply of 'If we see anything unusual in their activity we will take action' but to be honest I feel fobbed off by Ebay and concerned they are not acting responsibly in ensuring that members like this are removed from the site - if I had sold my daughter's shoes then I always have a return address label with the item, so who's to say that people like this then know where I live ? I feel like predators are openly using sites like ebay to source their 'fetish' items and more action needs to be taken to stop them and bar their activity - does anyone else have the same concerns as me ? I feel a petition against Ebay coming on...
This is quite common. Ebay won't tell you about action taken against another account, but I believe they do shut them down. I don't think there is any evidence that these people are predatory though. Disgusting, yes, but unlikely to be dangerous.
My friend regularly sells 'trashed' shoes on eBay...she buys them from primark. Wears them out over a weekend if puddles etc...n then sells them for £40 a pair. At first it creeped her out.. but it's a fetish n mainly harmless. The kids shoes bit is a bit odd...but one practice involves using it as an aid for masturbation...maybe they need a small shoe ..
I'm not talking about charity shops - i'm talking about Ebay - they can safeguard against this happening by vigilant reporting and banning members - this activity should not be condoned just because it happens other wise your supporting these twisted people.
Thank you guardianfree - for your comment, this activity is wrong regardless of whether it happens or not - as parents we have a moral responsibility to protect our children until they are old enough to make their own responsible decisions. I am not selling second hand clothes on ebay with the intention of having some pervert owning it.