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The Big Brown Box Logo Revealed

We’re almost done with BigBrownBox.com. Just wrapping up some final touches on content and rules. Here’s our logo.

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Will you be ready for the Big Brown Box? What’s in the Big Brown Box? Stay tuned.

AuctionAds.com Big Problem & The “Porn Test”

What’s the big problem with AuctionAds? It’s simple… “eBay sucks” (in my opinion), and eBay is the basis for the entire datafeed/products.

I know, I know, eBay is a billion dollar company, producing trillions of transactions yearly, etc… But you know what? Every single time I’ve used eBay to try and sell something, my auction gets flubbed up by scammers and fraudulent bidders. I hate eBay.

But honestly folks, I just signed up for AuctionAds and it was smooth and easy, and the product is easy to grab and implement. I always say, if you can make it even easier than Adsense, you’ve done a good job. They did.

The New Ad System Obligatory “Porn” Test

Whenever a new ad system comes out I like to do what I call the “porn test”. It’s simple, you just create ads based on dirty words and see what comes up. The point? None really, it’s just fun to see if the ad network allows it. So here’s a few I tried.

Keyword: Porn

Keyword: Boobs

Keyword: Sex

How’d they do? Anything funny? Anything too objectionable?

Scammers & Thieves Are Ruining The eBay Brand Experience

I just tried to sell a computer on eBay and what happened? I got scammed. No, I didn’t lose any money, I’m too Internet geeky to get scammed that hard, but what did happen was this.

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1. Over the 10 day auction I got 41 eBay messages asking me if they “could buy it outside of eBay and ship it to the UK/Nigeria/Australia etc…”

Um, no you can’t.

2. During the last half hour of the auction, two UK bidders bid it from $1500 (the top value price really) to $5k.

Here’s what I think is going on. These a-hole fake bidders drive up the bid price for several reasons.

1. Because they think that if they big way over what the value of the item is, the seller will be stupid enough to get so excited that they’ll agree to ship the item before being paid. (Probably works sometimes)

2. They drive up the bids to ruin the auction for my item so that there are more real bidders to bid on their stuff.

All I know is this. I hate eBay right now.

To make matters worse now, eBay has “cancelled” my auction less than 24-hours after it ended. I can’t even view/find the auction. I wanted to go back and do a second chance offer to one of the real bidders, but now I can’t even do that.

Dear eBay,

I hate you.

Love,

Jim Kukral