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Crips

The blue bandannas worn by most Crip gangs. The purple bandanas worn by grape street Crip gangs. The black bandanas worn by shotgun Crip and other Crip gangs.

The Crips, originating in Los Angeles, California, are one of the oldest and most notorious African American gangs in the United States. They are involved in murders, robberies and drug dealing in the Los Angeles area. The Crips are mostly identified by the blue color worn by their members. What was once a single gang is now a loose network of "franchises" around the United States and Canada. The gang is largely composed of African Americans, but is multiracial in many cities (i.e. New York) where "satellite" Crip gangs are present. The gang has an intense rivalry with the Bloods. They are also known to feud with Chicano gangs.

History of the Crips

The Crips were founded by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams. Williams argued that this was after the two became fed up with random violence in their neighborhood. Law enforcement officials dispute this, pointing to the incredible amount of violent crimes the gang members participated in, even in the early years.

The original name of the gang founded by Raymond Washington in 1969 at the age of 15 was the Baby Avenues, derived from a gang of older boys in the 1960s, named the Avenue Boys with their turf on Central Avenue in East Los Angeles. This evolved to Avenue Cribs and then Cribs as nicknames for the age of the members. The name Crips was first introduced in the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper in a description by crime victims of young men with canes, as if they were crippled (though there is some discussion that it may have initially been a simple spelling mistake). The name stuck.

Stanley "Tookie" Williams co-founded the gang in 1971, and started his own gang called the Westside Crips. The Crips became popular throughout southern Los Angeles as more and more youth gangs joined it; at one point they outnumbered non-Crip gangs by 3 to 1. In response, some of the besieged smaller gangs formed an alliance that later became the Bloods.

Contrary to popular misconception, Crip sets do not feud solely with Bloods, but also other Crip sets — for example, the Rollin' 60s and 83rd Street Gangster Crips ("Eight-Trey") have been rivals since 1979, and their rivalry is currently the largest in L.A.

Expansion

In the 1980s, Crips moved into crack sales, a cheaper form of the drug cocaine. It was invented by deriving a cheaper process to extract the stimulant from the coca plant. Previously the only available form was an expensive powder; leading to the traditional use of cocaine as a status symbol for the wealthy hedonist. Now cheap, the Crips could market the highly addictive recreational substance to lower income brackets.

The Crips made enormous profits from selling crack and gathered the capital to advance themselves in the illicit markets. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the Crips developed intricate networks and a respected reputation with other gangs across America and neighboring countries.

To stem violence between the Crips and Bloods, a peace treaty was recently negotiated, most notably in Watts, the treaty being largely based upon the ideals laid forth by original Crip co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams in his "Tookie Protocol For Peace". Though violence levels have been reduced somewhat after the conclusion of this peace treaty, gangland killings and warfare persist in heavily gang-controlled areas.

Gang identification

For many years, Crips were characterized by their tendency to wear blue in order to easily identify each other. One suggested origin of the selected color is traced to the school colors of Washington High School in South L.A. A particular set of Crips, the Grape Street Crips, have been known to wear purple in addition to blue. The SGCs are seperated into three sub-sets, the nine;139th street, the Foe;134th street, and the deuce;132nd street in the city of Gardena, California and have been known to wear dark-green, the city color of Gardena, in addition to blue to show that the Shotgun Crips are from Gardena. Crips also wear blue bandanas and British Knights sport shoes (using the company moniker BK, which the Crips use as a backronym meaning "Blood Killas"). They usually refer derisively to their rival, the Bloods, as "slobs."

In more recent years, however, the Crips have begun to cease the use of colors as a means of identification, since it is likely to draw attention from police. Methods such as the use of college sport team jerseys and hats are sometimes used, but in general, what set a certain gang member claims can be determined solely by their tattoos.

Origin of the name "Crips"

There have been many different explanations for the origin of the name of the gang:

  • The most well-known theories tie the current name with "crib" or "crib street" (alluding to an actual street or the young age of the members at the time of the gang's founding).
  • Crip or crib originates from the carrying of a cane or stick — Los Angeles Times 14 April 1992: "Word spread about the tough-looking young men, who some said carried canes and walked with a limp — cripples, or crips, they were called for short."
  • Mis-pronounciation of "The Crypts."
  • Some alleged backronyms for the name include:

Crips, hip-hop, and C-walk

Many popular rappers, in particular West Coast rappers, have close ties to Crips gangs in L.A. County. Snoop Dogg is a former member of the Rollin' 20 Crips in Long Beach (as are Warren G, Nate Dogg, and Goldie Loc), while WC has an affiliation with the 111 Neighborhood Crips in South Central Los Angeles. The late N.W.A member Eazy-E reportedly had ties to the Kelly Park Compton Crips. Recently signed G-Unit rapper Spider Loc is a member of the 97th Street East Coast Crips. However, there are also many rappers who are not members of Crips sets, yet take on traits of the Crip image and behavior because they hope to self-promote and sell records by doing so. Ice Cube has at times claimed to be a member of the Rollin' 100s Nhood Crips, even though he has no proven ties to this gang (aside from the fact that he is from the same area), and Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy has also claimed to be a Crip in some songs (also without any proof).

It is said that the popular hip-hop dance, the C-walk (Crip-walk), is meant to spell out one's set as an insult to rival gangs. On WC's song "The Streets" from his Ghetto Heisman album, he and Snoop Dogg rap about the C-walk's popularity in the mainstream, warning suburban teenagers and other non-gang members that it is a dance for Crips only.

Entertainers with Crip affiliations

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  • Brotha Lynch Hung (Garden Blocc 24th Street Crips) [citation needed]
  • Daz Dillinger (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]
  • Eazy-E (Kelly Park Compton Crips) [citation needed]
  • Jayo Felony (NHC 47 Blocc Crips) [citation needed]
  • MC Eiht (Tragniew Park Compton Crips) [citation needed]
  • Nate Dogg (Rollin 20 Crips) [citation needed]
  • Snoop Dogg (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]
  • Spider Loc (97th Street East Coast Crips) [citation needed]
  • Tray Deee (Insane Crips) [citation needed]
  • Warren G (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]
  • WC (111 Neighborhood Crips) [citation needed]

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On WC's song "The Streets" from his Ghetto Heisman album, he and Snoop Dogg rap about the C-walk's popularity in the mainstream, warning suburban teenagers and other non-gang members that it is a dance for Crips only. [18]. It is said that the popular hip-hop dance, the C-walk (Crip-walk), is meant to spell out one's set as an insult to rival gangs. As well as a long list of other items that are either wholly prohibited or restricted in some manner. Ice Cube has at times claimed to be a member of the Rollin' 100s Nhood Crips, even though he has no proven ties to this gang (aside from the fact that he is from the same area), and Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy has also claimed to be a Crip in some songs (also without any proof). Among the hundred or so banned categories (note that these relate to ebay.com (the US site), other regions may vary in their rules) :. However, there are also many rappers who are not members of Crips sets, yet take on traits of the Crip image and behavior because they hope to self-promote and sell records by doing so. But as eBay grew, it found it necessary to restrict or forbid auctions for various items.

Recently signed G-Unit rapper Spider Loc is a member of the 97th Street East Coast Crips. eBay in its earliest days was essentially unregulated. The late N.W.A member Eazy-E reportedly had ties to the Kelly Park Compton Crips.
. Snoop Dogg is a former member of the Rollin' 20 Crips in Long Beach (as are Warren G, Nate Dogg, and Goldie Loc), while WC has an affiliation with the 111 Neighborhood Crips in South Central Los Angeles. One of the largest items ever sold was a World War II submarine, sold by a small town in New England that decided it did not need the historical relic anymore. County. Other notable controversies involving eBay include:.

Many popular rappers, in particular West Coast rappers, have close ties to Crips gangs in L.A. Frauds committed by buyers include:. There have been many different explanations for the origin of the name of the gang:. Frauds that can be committed by sellers include:. Methods such as the use of college sport team jerseys and hats are sometimes used, but in general, what set a certain gang member claims can be determined solely by their tattoos. Of course, all laws still apply and legal action may also be possible. In more recent years, however, the Crips have begun to cease the use of colors as a means of identification, since it is likely to draw attention from police. An eBay account (whether seller, buyer or both) may canceled if there are too many complaints against the account holder.

They usually refer derisively to their rival, the Bloods, as "slobs.". When a user feels that a seller or buyer has been dishonest, a dispute can be filed with eBay. Crips also wear blue bandanas and British Knights sport shoes (using the company moniker BK, which the Crips use as a backronym meaning "Blood Killas"). Weaknesses of the feedback system include:. The SGCs are seperated into three sub-sets, the nine;139th street, the Foe;134th street, and the deuce;132nd street in the city of Gardena, California and have been known to wear dark-green, the city color of Gardena, in addition to blue to show that the Shotgun Crips are from Gardena. The feedback system can protect sellers as well as buyers; a seller can reject a bid from a potential buyer if the buyer's feedback rating isn't to the seller's liking. A particular set of Crips, the Grape Street Crips, have been known to wear purple in addition to blue. Learning the system and examining a seller's feedback history is a buyer's best protection.

One suggested origin of the selected color is traced to the school colors of Washington High School in South L.A. So if a buyer has problems, he can rate the seller "negative" and leave a comment such as "never received product". For many years, Crips were characterized by their tendency to wear blue in order to easily identify each other. They can give a "positive", "negative", or "neutral" rating and leave a short comment. Though violence levels have been reduced somewhat after the conclusion of this peace treaty, gangland killings and warfare persist in heavily gang-controlled areas. After every transaction both the buyer and seller have the option of rating each other. To stem violence between the Crips and Bloods, a peace treaty was recently negotiated, most notably in Watts, the treaty being largely based upon the ideals laid forth by original Crip co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams in his "Tookie Protocol For Peace". The major fraud prevention mechanism for eBay users is its feedback system.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the Crips developed intricate networks and a respected reputation with other gangs across America and neighboring countries. eBay data shows that less than .01% of all transactions result in a confirmed case of fraud. The Crips made enormous profits from selling crack and gathered the capital to advance themselves in the illicit markets. eBay has its share of controversy, ranging from its privacy policy (eBay typically turns over user information to law enforcement without a subpoena) to well-publicized seller fraud. Now cheap, the Crips could market the highly addictive recreational substance to lower income brackets. The only place where expansion failed was Japan where Yahoo had a head start. Previously the only available form was an expensive powder; leading to the traditional use of cocaine as a status symbol for the wealthy hedonist. eBay has already expanded to almost two dozen countries including China and India.

It was invented by deriving a cheaper process to extract the stimulant from the coca plant. The company's current business strategy includes increasing revenue by increasing international trade within the eBay system. In the 1980s, Crips moved into crack sales, a cheaper form of the drug cocaine. In addition, eBay now owns the PayPal payment system which many buyers use to pay for their purchases, so it often receives an extra fee via that. Contrary to popular misconception, Crip sets do not feud solely with Bloods, but also other Crip sets — for example, the Rollin' 60s and 83rd Street Gangster Crips ("Eight-Trey") have been rivals since 1979, and their rivalry is currently the largest in L.A. The eBay fee system is quite complex and takes $0.20 to $80 per listing and 3-5% of the final price. In response, some of the besieged smaller gangs formed an alliance that later became the Bloods. There are fees to list a product and fees when the product sells.

The Crips became popular throughout southern Los Angeles as more and more youth gangs joined it; at one point they outnumbered non-Crip gangs by 3 to 1. eBay generates revenue from a number of fees. Stanley "Tookie" Williams co-founded the gang in 1971, and started his own gang called the Westside Crips. eBay's main rivals are Amazon.com Marketplace and Yahoo.com Auction. The name stuck. eBay's Latin American partner is MercadoLibre. The name Crips was first introduced in the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper in a description by crime victims of young men with canes, as if they were crippled (though there is some discussion that it may have initially been a simple spelling mistake). eBay is also an easy place for unscrupulous sellers to market counterfeit merchandise, which can be difficult for novice buyers to distinguish without careful study of the auction description.

This evolved to Avenue Cribs and then Cribs as nicknames for the age of the members. In general, the company removes auctions that violate its terms of service agreement within a short time after hearing of the auction from an outsider; the company's policy is to not pre-approve transactions. The original name of the gang founded by Raymond Washington in 1969 at the age of 15 was the Baby Avenues, derived from a gang of older boys in the 1960s, named the Avenue Boys with their turf on Central Avenue in East Los Angeles. On other occasions, people and even entire towns have been listed, often as a joke. Law enforcement officials dispute this, pointing to the incredible amount of violent crimes the gang members participated in, even in the early years. In late 1999 a man offered one of his kidneys for auction on eBay, attempting to profit from the potentially lucrative (and, in the United States, illegal) market for transplantable human organs. Williams argued that this was after the two became fed up with random violence in their neighborhood. There has also been controversy regarding items put up for bid that violate ethical standards.

The Crips were founded by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams. Some exceptions to this rule are made for rare aged liquors, where a bottle may sell for many times higher than its actual value in alcohol. . In June 2004, eBay prohibited the sale and auction of both alcohol and tobacco products on the British site ebay.co.uk. They are also known to feud with Chicano gangs. As of January 2006, there were over 25,000 members in the eBay Developers Program, comprising a broad range of companies creating software applications and services to support eBay buyers and sellers as well as eBay Affiliates. The gang has an intense rivalry with the Bloods. Software developers can create applications that integrate with eBay through the eBay API by joining the eBay Developers Program.

New York) where "satellite" Crip gangs are present. Regional searches of the database make shipping slightly more rapid or cheaper. The gang is largely composed of African Americans, but is multiracial in many cities (i.e. Large international companies, such as IBM, sell their newest products and offer services on eBay using competitive auctions and fixed-priced storefronts. What was once a single gang is now a loose network of "franchises" around the United States and Canada. It is fair to say that eBay has revolutionized the collectibles market by bringing together buyers and sellers internationally in a huge, never-ending yard sale and auction. The Crips are mostly identified by the blue color worn by their members. Services and intangibles can be sold too.

They are involved in murders, robberies and drug dealing in the Los Angeles area. Anything can be sold as long as it is not illegal or on the eBay banned list. The Crips, originating in Los Angeles, California, are one of the oldest and most notorious African American gangs in the United States. Some items are rare and valuable, while many others are dusty gizmos that would have been discarded if not for the thousands of eager bidders worldwide, proving that if one has a big enough market, one will find someone willing to buy anything. WC (111 Neighborhood Crips) [citation needed]. Millions of collectibles, appliances, computers, furniture, equipment, vehicles, and other miscellaneous items are listed, bought, and sold daily. Warren G (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]. Meg is credited with building the company to what it is today.

Tray Deee (Insane Crips) [citation needed]. She joined eBay when the company had 30 employees and operated solely in the United States; eBay is now a global organization with over 9,000 employees. Spider Loc (97th Street East Coast Crips) [citation needed]. Margaret (Meg) Whitman joined the company in March 1998. Snoop Dogg (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]. Omidyar had tried to register the domain name EchoBay.com but found it already taken by the Echo Bay Mines, a gold mining company, so he shortened it to his second choice, eBay.com. Nate Dogg (Rollin 20 Crips) [citation needed]. Originally, the site belonged to Echo Bay Technology Group, Omidyar's consulting firm.

MC Eiht (Tragniew Park Compton Crips) [citation needed]. It officially changed its name to eBay in September 1997. Jayo Felony (NHC 47 Blocc Crips) [citation needed]. This was revealed in Adam Cohen's 2002 book and confirmed by eBay.). Eazy-E (Kelly Park Compton Crips) [citation needed]. Astonished, he contacted the winning bidder and asked, "did he not understand the laser pointer was broken?" Omidyar received the following email in reply: "I'm a collector of broken laser pointers." (The frequently repeated story that eBay was founded to help Omidyar's fiancee trade PEZ Candy dispensers was fabricated by a public relations manager in 1997 to interest the media. Daz Dillinger (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]. The first item sold was Omidyar's broken laser pointer for $14.83.

Brotha Lynch Hung (Garden Blocc 24th Street Crips) [citation needed]. Founded in San Jose, California on September 4, 1995 by Pierre Omidyar and Jeff Skoll as Auctionweb, part of a larger personal site that included, among other things, Omidyar's own tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Ebola virus. Some alleged backronyms for the name include:. . Mis-pronounciation of "The Crypts.". eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) manages an online auction and shopping website, where people buy and sell goods and services worldwide. Crip or crib originates from the carrying of a cane or stick — Los Angeles Times 14 April 1992: "Word spread about the tough-looking young men, who some said carried canes and walked with a limp — cripples, or crips, they were called for short.". Another concern with "fee avoidance" is that most sellers will not refund shipping so if a $1 item with a $50 shipping fee turns up faulty, the buyer is only eligible to a refund for the $1.

The most well-known theories tie the current name with "crib" or "crib street" (alluding to an actual street or the young age of the members at the time of the gang's founding). This is called "fee avoidance" and is not allowed by eBay; such auctions are cancelled when they are reported. Since eBay charges their fees based on final sales price and not shipping, this allows sellers to reduce the amount they pay eBay in fees and for buyers to avoid importing fees and taxes into their country. Some users sell items for extremely low prices (usually using the Buy It Now feature) and then make up for it by overcharging on shipping. Conversely, sometimes very cheap items, like envelopes, are sold for high prices because they come with free airline vouchers or concert tickets, in order not to violate the terms on these items.

This is not allowed by eBay. Some users try to sell something which, on first glance, appears to be an expensive item for cheap (game console boxes are quite popular), and state clearly in the description that they are paying for an item which is not the one implied. [21] Sabbouha is a verb to describe shill bidding which originated from an old Lebanese Legend. [20] Furthermore, shill bidding is a crime in many jurisdictions, and can be prosecuted under United States wire fraud laws.

(This is also known as "bid padding".) Shill bidding is not allowed on eBay. Shill bidding is the deliberate use of secondary registrations, aliases, family members, friends, or associates to artificially drive up the bid price of an item. [19]. eBay's "proxy bidding" feature allows the buyer to specify the maximum they are willing to pay for an item regardless of "snipes".

Many other auction sites, such as Yahoo! Auctions, offer an option which extends the auction by some minutes when a last-minute bid is placed, in order to prevent sniping. This practice is allowed on eBay. Bid sniping is placing a high bid during the last few seconds of an auction such that no time remains for other users to counterbid. Human parts and remains [17].

There was a demand for this kind of garment amongst sexual fetishists, and these garments would often fetch hundreds of dollars. Sellers would post descriptions specifically emphasising that they had worn these undergarments for days, a week or more, especially during exercise. Dirty used clothing [16] This policy arose because a thriving market in used jock-straps and underwear had emerged on ebay. Firearms and ammunition [15].

Bootleg recordings [14]. Nazi paraphernalia [13]. Alcohol (alcohol-related collectibles, including sealed containers, as well as wine sales by licensed sellers are allowed) [12]. Tobacco (tobacco-related items and collectibles are allowed) [11].

[10]. a European buyer sold a Vauxhall VX220 that was said to have been baptized. [9]. The item failed to sell.

For $100, a man said that he would take a pair of jean his girlfriend made, and shoot them, and drag them behind his tractor, with a fee per shot/starting up the tractor. [8]. A Coventry University student got £1.20p for a single cornflake. [7].

The few tablespoons came from a plastic cup Presley sipped at a concert in North Carolina in 1977. Water that was said to have been left in a cup Elvis Presley once drank from was sold for $455. An incomplete package of diapers, bought and opened in the 1980s, raised more than $700US for the Children and Families Ministry at a United Church in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada). The owner of Cockeyed.com sold advertising space comprising a single pixel on its homepage for 21 days for $100 [6].

A bargain considering he was one of the five best and most complete mammoth skeletons in the world, consisting of 90% of his original bone material. Max was put up for sale in 2004 by his Dutch owner due to lack of space and sold for £61,000. With a minimum bid set at US $250,000. A 50,000-year-old mammoth.

A Sydney man pocketed AUS$1,035 after auctioning a piece of Nutri-Grain resembling ET, in Dec 2004. She promptly sealed it in a plastic bag where it remained, free of mold, for over 10 years until its sale on eBay. The seller claimed to see the Virgin Mary toasted into the bread when she made the sandwich in 1994. On November 23, 2004, a grilled cheese sandwich with a likeness of the Virgin Mary on it sold for $28,000 to the online casino GoldenPalace.com.

[5]. The winning bid was $1691.66, and the winner rode in the front seat. There was at one point an auction for the first ride on Kingda Ka, the tallest roller coaster on Earth. [4].

In September 2004, the owner of MagicGoat.com sold the contents of his trash can to a middle school language arts teacher, who had her students write essays about the trash. While he initially admitted he was selling the dress to earn some money for Mariners tickets, the bidding got into the thousands of dollars, and the seller actually had received a number of marriage proposals from viewers. In more than one way, the seller received much more than he expected. In 2004, a Seattle man posted pictures of himself wearing his ex-wife's wedding dress.

[3]. The winning bid was made by the GoldenPalace.com online casino, known for their outrageous eBay purchases. In May 2005, a Volkswagen Golf that had previously been registered to Cardinal Josef Ratzinger (who had been elected Pope Benedict XVI the previous month) was sold on eBay's German site for €188,938.88. In June 2005, Karolyne Smith sold the right to permanently tattoo an ad on her forehead to GoldenPalace.com for $10,000.

[2]. In January 2006, the last 100 pixels of the milliondollarhomepage were sold for $38,100. That sold for approximately $100,000 and one of the contestant podiums sold for nearly $10,000 (proceeds of the set's sale went to charity). Actual portions of the 1996-2001 Jeopardy! set, including the 9-foot-high Jeopardy! logo that was etched in glass as the backdrop.

Round of golf with Tiger Woods ($425,000). Shoeless Joe Jackson's "Black Betsy" baseball bat ($577,610). Ferrari Enzo ($975,000, October 2004)[1]. Diamond Lake Resort, western Kentucky ($1.2 million).

1909 Honus Wagner baseball card ($1.65 million). Grumman Gulfstream II jet ($4.9 million). A 340-year-old copy of Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre, which survived the Great Fire of London in 1666 (£5million). In 2005, the Australian NRL tried unsuccessfully to persuade eBay to prevent scalpers from selling grand final tickets online.

Normally, selling of charity tickets is legal under UK law. Following a statement from Bob Geldof that declared eBay a "cyber pimp", many of these auctions were bombarded with fake bids. On 14 June 2005 eBay removed auction listings for originally free tickets to the Live 8 charity auction amid hundreds of complaints about such auctions. eBay strongly supported Baazee.

The Indian government attempted to make the case that Bajaj broke a law under India's IT Act, that forbids "publishing, transmitting or causing to publish" obscene material, even though the actual material was never published on Baazee's servers. The company denied knowing the content of what they were selling (because it is a venue, not a retailer) and removed the offensive material as soon as they became aware of it. On 17 December 2004 Avnish Bajaj, CEO of eBay's Indian subsidiary Baazee.com, was arrested after a video clip showing oral sex between two Indian students was sold online. These offenses occurred prior to eBay's purchase of PayPal.

PayPal was also forced out of this market, which accounted for some 6% of its volume. According to the settlement, PayPal between mid-2000 and November 2002 transmitted money in violation of various US federal and state online gambling laws. On 28 July 2003 eBay and its subsidiary PayPal agreed to pay a $10 million fine to settle allegations that they aided illegal offshore and online gambling. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case in 2006.

As of Nov 2005, eBay has appealed to the US Supreme Court to effectively block injunctive relief to patent holder MercExchange. The decision was appealed to the US Federal Court of Appeals and was upheld in part and rejected on others. The jury found for plaintiff MercExchange, which had accused eBay in 2001 of infringing on three patents (two of which are used in eBay's "Buy It Now" feature for fixed-price sales) held by MercExchange founder Tom Woolston. On 28 May 2003 a US District Court federal jury found eBay guilty of patent infringement and ordered the company to pay US$35 million in damages.

Returning items other than received. Receiving merchandise and claiming otherwise. Credit card fraud. Buyer than has free goods and has income equal to the amount he spent on the item.).

Filing a shipping claim for damaged merchandise and collecting the money from the shipping company, then filing a chargeback on paypal for damaged merchandise, then refusing to return goods. PayPal fraud (e.g. Inflating total bid amounts by bidding against their own auction with a "shill" account. Selling stolen goods.

Counterfeit merchandise. Shipping faulty merchandise. Shipping items other than those described. Receiving payment and not shipping merchandise.

A user may be reluctant to leaving honest feedback out of fear of negative retaliatory feedback (including negative in retaliation for neutral). Small and large transactions carry the same weight in the feedback summary. In August 2005, eBay bought Skype, a VoIP company, for $2.6 billion in stock and cash. In June 2005, eBay acquired Shopping.com, a online comparison site for $635 Million USD.

In May 2005, eBay acquired Gumtree, a network of UK local city classifieds sites. On December 16, 2004, eBay acquired rent.com for $30 million in cash and $385 million in ebay stock. This was a Dutch competitor which had a 80% market share in the Netherlands, by concentrating more on small ads than actual auctions. In November 2004, eBay acquired Marktplaats.nl for €225 million.

(IAC), buying nearly 3 million shares of the Korean online trading company for 125,000 Korean won (about US$109) per share. In September 2004, eBay moved forward on its acquisition of Korean rival Internet Auction Co. On August 13, 2004, eBay took a 25% stake in craigslist.org by buying out an existing shareholder who was once a craigslist employee. On June 22, 2004, eBay acquired all outstanding shares of Baazee.com, an Indian auction site for approximately US $50 million in cash, plus acquisition costs.

acquired EachNet, a leading ecommerce company in China, paying approximately $150 million in cash. On July 11, 2003 eBay Inc. In July, 2002, eBay acquired PayPal, for $1.5 billion in stock. In August, 2001, eBay acquired Mercado Libre, Lokau and iBazar, Latin Americas auction sites.

In June, 2000, eBay acquired Half.com, which was later integrated with the eBay Marketplace. In 1999, eBay acquired the auction house Alando for $43 million, which changed then to eBay Germany. In 1999, eBay acquired the auction house Butterfield & Butterfield, which it sold in 2002 to Bonhams. In May, 1999, eBay acquired the online payment service Billpoint, which it shut down after acquiring Paypal.

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