Since I just bought a coffee maker on Ebay and will be offering organic coffee, tea and spices for sale, I decided to list a few items on Ebay to advertise Trado. I have to research the fees and services anyway.
I was hoping that it would be a lot less work to set up selling on Ebay than to set up your own shopping cart and Trado Members might want to get started on Ebay.
I'll also set up a shopping cart for Trado here and it would be VERY cool for members to be able to set up their own stores here, just like on Ebay, but that will be a major effort I haven't even begun yet. So for starters, I'll start with Ebay.
First I was unable to log into my old biz account.
I wanted to change the user name to Trado.
I logged in and got a message stating that my password wasn't strong enough. I had to type in some captcha numbers and select whether to change my password now or later. I tried both options several times and every time only got back to the login screen.
Next, I decided to set up a NEW Ebay account.
How hard can it be?
Ebay insists that my city, state and zip code don't match.
I even searched the web for "86409" -- just in case I'm delusional or got Alzheimer's. The zip code appears to be correct. Last time I checked, this IS Arizona.
HELP at Ebay? FAT CHANCE!
Lots of help windows, none offer ANY relevant help. I do NOT expect people standing by ready to assist. But is it really too much to expect an email or contact form?
I didn't find one.
Ok, on to SELF help:
I changed the zip code to a zip that IS incorrect. Now it worked.
As I've been struggling for the last 5 weeks to get Trado and the banking software set up, I'm fully aware that readers are confused. I haven't even written the technical FAQ yet because I'm still implementing so many features and many changes.
But last night I installed a contact form and added it to the new menu at the top of this page. I WANT to see readers' questions and concerns and especially if something isn't working.
I had the activation email resent 3 times, but didn't receive it. It's my trado.info email, works fine for everything else and doesn't even have a spam filter yet because it's so new. Finally had to change the email address to creditsuit.org to get an activation mail.
How can SO MUCH be SO screwed up?
While waiting for the activation email, I had searched for ebay problems and aside from several unbelievable (but likely true) complaints about suspensions, I found a Wired article. Started reading it and then a Porsche video commercial totally blocked the article. There was NO way to turned it off! Well, actually there was, I closed the browser.
I'm obviously getting a bit irritated.
The web has become not only a cesspool of fraud and deception, but it's just plain unusable. I understand that all the news sites are hurting, but if they don't get with the program and make some serious changes, they'll likely go out of business.
I've made a point of clicking on Google ads at sites with good articles.
Since the advertisers pays by the ad click, I carefully select the ads for SCAMS, getting rich while sleeping, credit scores, credit bureaus, banks, etc.
So anyway, I'm NOT wasting my time on watching a PORSCHE commercial. If it was a good article and Wired had Google ads, I would have given them a click or two.