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Old 01-29-2020, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I picketed eBay. Yes, the actual eBay headquarters in San Jose. And I did it not once but three times.

I was selling on eBay full-time. One of my customers was a nutter. She had at least a dozen buying accounts and spent her days making eBay sellers miserable. She reported me to eBay for extra sh*ts and giggles and they promptly suspended me.

There went my income.

Emailing eBay didn't do any good. I lived 30 minutes away, so I decided to picket. eBay HQ is (or was) in a high profile location at the intersection of two busy streets, so I got a lot of notice with my signs. Some employees stopped by and wanted to know what was what, so I explained the situation.

I was careful not to block driveways or intrude on their property.

Later that day I received an apologetic call to inform me my account had been reinstated.

But wait, that's not all.

The nutter did this twice more, and each time eBay fell for it. Each time they reinstated me the same day I picketed. eBay finally shut down all her buying accounts except one, and she never bothered me again.

The end.
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Old 01-29-2020, 01:57 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I picketed eBay. Yes, the actual eBay headquarters in San Jose. And I did it not once but three times.
Apparently you didn't refer to their user agreement re: arbitration and disputes.
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Old 01-29-2020, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Apparently you didn't refer to their user agreement re: arbitration and disputes.

Didn't need to. I got 'er done without having to wait weeks for them to find their corporate backsides with both hands.
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Old 01-29-2020, 03:52 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Didn't need to. I got 'er done without having to wait weeks for them to find their corporate backsides with both hands.
Point being, lol - you were in violation of the legally binding agreement (three times, no less) thereby making your choice to 'protest' actionable in terms of your account as well. (Something one should be aware of before attempting to protest outside a business, per the thread).

That being said, I'm trying to imagine one guy with a sign in front of e-Bay's headquarters, lol. Typically, meaningful protests involve a large group.

OP - protesting is certainly not a 'typical' solution to resolve individual conflict with a business or store (and in more cases than not, it can have repercussions). A rational, assertive conversation is far more likely to do the trick or a (specific) negative review online, especially if one has a legitimate complaint (as long as one doesn't state anything inflammatory which is simply untrue).
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