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“We Never Want To Offend Anyone”: Walmart, Sears, & eBay Ban Confederate Flag Merchandise

June 23rd, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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A protest in Charleston, SC to remove the Confederate flag. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A protest in Charleston, SC to remove the Confederate flag. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chatter over whether South Carolina should continue to fly the Confederate flag, especially after the massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, is growing loud enough to effect change: Walmart, Sears, and eBay announced they will ban all Confederate merchandise.

Last week, our very own Veronica Wells asked, “Will South Carolina remove their Confederate flag now?” A symbol of the slave-holding South, critics chastised the SC capitol for flaunting the Confederate flag — even after the racially-motivated shooting at the Charleston Black church, which killed eight.

“This was an act of racial terrorism,” the president of the NAACP, Cornell Brooks, shouted in Charleston, according to CNN. “That symbol has to come down!”

While South Carolina is still stalling on taking down the flag, two big-name retailers — and one massive online auction site — took the first steps in banning the Confederate symbol.

“We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our web site,” said Walmart spokesman Brian Nick, CNN reports. carried Confederate flag attire, such as t-shirts and belt-buckles.

EBay co-signed with Walmart, according to Fortune, announcing that it cannot stand by what the flag represents.

“We have decided to prohibit Confederate flags, and many items containing this image, because we believe it has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

The online auction site carried Confederate flags and accessories, including jewelry and handbags.

Sears does not sell Confederate flag merchandise, but the company pledged that it will “remove Confederate flag merchandise sold by third-party vendors online,” CNN added.

South Carolina, on the other hand, cannot “ban” the Confederate flag so easily. According to CNN, the South Carolina Heritage Act padlocked it into place after civil rights activists lobbied to get a much larger flag taken down in 2000. Lawmakers agreed, but all other tributes to Confederate history will remain “virtually untouchable.”

In order to toss out the current flag, an endorsement from two-thirds of SC lawmakers would be needed. Good luck with that one; CNN says this is unlikely as many would claim that the flag is not a symbol of racism, but “southern pride.”

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, despite this stumbling block, is still lobbying for the flag’s removal. And it looks like the move to remove the flag from other places where it currently appears — Virginia license plates, the Mississippi state flag — is gaining steam nationwide. Still, there are some who are hanging on with all of their might. Sales of merchandise on Amazon has gone through the roof, up more than 3,000 percent in the last 24 hours.

Hacked! EBay Is The Latest Company To Be Cyberattacked

May 25th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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There’s been another cyberattack on a major corporation, this time eBay who has been hit and the online retailer is urging users to change their passwords following the security breach.

EBay said hackers used stolen employee log-in credentials to compromise a database containing user information, reports  The Los Angeles Times. EBay has a reported 145 million users.

The stolen data is extensive and includes names and encrypted passwords, their email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and their dates of birth. EBay, however, said no financial data was stolen.

EBay first discovered the cyberattack about two weeks ago and has been helping law enforcement and security experts to investigate it. The actually security breach is estimated to have taken place between late February and early March.

Due to the breach, eBay’s entire security process is being called into question. Various states, including Connecticut, Florida and Illinois, have united to lead an investigation into eBay’s security practices. The U.S. States Attorney Generals’ offices in these states are very concerned, especially after the recent string of high-profile attacks at retailers like Target, Neiman Marcus and Michael’s, which have left U.S. consumers vulnerable to identity theft. States may even pursue legal action against eBay.

According to Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, the state had about 660,000 active eBay users who could have been affected. “My office will be looking into the circumstances surrounding this breach as well as the steps eBay is taking to prevent any future incidents,” he said.

And Florida, Attorney General Pam Bondi said, “the magnitude of the reported eBay data breach could be of historic proportions.”

EBay has also been having trouble dealing with the password reset requests. In fact, many users were received a “high traffic volume” error messages when they reached the password reset page on eBay’s website. This prevented them from changing their passwords.

EBay has announced that it will take time for every user to receive its “reset email,” which will be sent to all affected users, alerting them to the attack and suggesting they change their passwords.

“eBay is also reminding users that its password reset email will not contain any links – and if you receive an email purporting to be from eBay with links, it’s a fake,” reports Tech Crunch. For info on how uses should proceed, visit

‘The Biggest Online Shopping Day in History!’ Cyber Monday Kicks Black Friday’s Butt In Sales

December 3rd, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Black Friday, which swallowed a 13.2 percent plunge in sales compared to 2012, has been defeated by Cyber Monday’s couch potato appeal. Not needing to step foot out of their homes or offices, smartphone and tablet users helped Cyber Monday drive up sales by nearly 18 percent compared to last year, USA Today reports.

As vicious post-Thanksgiving shoppers raid and pillage Walmart stores, it’s no wonder why many customers avoided the madness and shopped at home. As of 6 p.m. of Monday evening, Cyber Monday sales skyrocketed 17.5 percent, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. Custora Pulse, another e-commerce research firm, reported a 19 percent jump in online sales. Of course, throughout the night, these numbers are expected to have increased.

“Cyber Monday is well on its way to being the biggest online shopping day in history,” said Custora’s CEO Corey Pierson.

Walmart, the retail emperor of Black Friday, reeled in some record numbers over Black Friday weekend — and Cyber Monday won’t disappoint either it seems. As of Monday afternoon, already sold out of the highly-desired Playstation 4 and XBox One consoles — and they weren’t even discounted! Slashed prices on TVs and tablets also drew shoppers to the retailer’s site.

“There’s no way … that it won’t finish as our biggest Cyber Monday ever,” said Joel Anderson, CEO of Walmart.

Experts also say that a large chunk of online shopping was done on smartphones. Nearly 30 percent of all online traffic were through mobile devices. Walmart noted that more than half (55 percent) of their online users were on a phone. Altogether, mobile usage for online shopping jumped 61 percent, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.

Walmart isn’t the only large retailer that’s seeing dollar signs this Cyber Monday. As we’ve previously reported, Amazon has slashed its a 16GB Kindle Fire HD down to $119 from $169 on its site. This could’ve contributed to its 44.3 percent leap in sales this year. The online auctioneer, eBay, reported a 32.1 percent increase in sales.

“The online marketplaces are doing well in part because shoppers are heading to those sites to find popular products that are selling out at regular retailers,” USA Today adds.

Amazon and Walmart are also  putting more emphasis on “Cyber Week,” so discounted items aren’t limited to just one measly day. Throughout this week, buyers can fill their online shopping carts and emerge with hefty savings that’ll leave shoppers feeling fiscally responsible.

Don’t Just Throw It In The Bag: How To Shop Online Without Getting Ripped Off

September 25th, 2013 - By Desire Thompson
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If you aren’t a fan of crowded fitting rooms and shops, then online shopping is for you. During my college days, online shopping was a must. I would hunt for bargains on Karmaloop, Urban Outfitters and eBay (no shame in my game) for 20 minutes and still make it to class on time. The site deals and discounts are even more tempting to the eye of a fashionista, but I’ve learned that even the most tempting sites and deals can leave you more exposed than Instagram on Throwback Thursday. Here’s why, along with some things to remember when shopping online.

“I’m Not Your Friend, I’m Your Mother!” Mom Sells Daughter’s One Direction Tickets On Ebay As Punishment!

September 21st, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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A woman in Sudney, Australia recently embarrassed the you-know-what out of her daughter on Ebay of all places after she got to the truth about her child’s recent indiscretions.

A user known as “tsfe” posted her daughter’s four tickets to see One Direction on Ebay this week after she found her daughter had been lying about creeping around with older guys. HEr description of what she was selling likely goes down in the parental hall of fame.

“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 ONE DIRECTION TICKETS IN SYDNEY OCTOBER 25th. You can thank my daughters self righteous and lippy attitude for their sale. See sweety? And you thought I was bluffing. I hope the scowl on your bitchy little friends faces when you tell them that your dad and i revoked the gift we were giving you all reminds you that your PARENTS are the ones that deserve love and respect more than anyone. And your silly little pack mentality of taking your parents for fools is one sadly mistaken. Anyhow. Your loss someone else’s gain who deserves them! THE TICKETS ARE SEATED IN ROW O section 57. REMEMBER AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 TICKETS and will be sent registered post

…OH YOUR FRIENDS THOUGHT THAT A FEW PRANKS CALLS WOULD PUT ME OFF SELLING THE GIFT WE BOUGHT FOR THEM for YOUR BIRTHDAY because YOU all LIED to us about sleep overs so you could hang like little trollops at an older guys HOUSE????? Pffft!! I find it HIGHLY amusing that you girls think you invented this stuff. Tricks like this on OUR parents is how HALF of you were conceived …..And why a lot of your friends DONT have an address to send that Fathers day card to!!! I’m not your friend. I’m your MOTHER. And I am here to give you the boundaries that YOU NEED to become a functional responsible adult. You may hate me now….. But I don’t care. Its my job to raise a responsible adult..not nuture bad habits in my teen age child.”


If you know anything about pop culture, then you’re aware that One Direction is possibly the biggest group on the planet right now.  For this girl and her friends to miss an opportunity like this is surely crushing her heart at this very moment.

The auction has been taken down leading us to believe the tickets have been sold, but you can still check out a screenshot over on

Cheap Chic: The Best In Online Shopping For Women on a Budget

August 28th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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The BB Dakota Roly Open-Front Cardigan for $89.

The BB Dakota Roly Open-Front Cardigan for $89.

Urban Outfitters. I never understood the appeal—$60 for a top that feels like potato sack? I’ll pass. Without fail, I always find a similar top, with better quality, for a fraction of the price. I’m a diligent shopper, especially in these stagnant economic times. I consider quality, durability, and trendiness before making any purchase. And I will trek all over the mall, from Macy’s to Charlotte Russeto find the best deals and I do the same for my online shopping.

But I’ll save you the stress of bargain-hunting in the vast worldwide Web. Here are some amazing online shops that’ll give you more bang for your buck!

Are You Ready For The First Firefox OS Smartphone? You Can Buy It On EBay

August 13th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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via ZTE press release

via ZTE press release

Seems like every week there is an announcement about new smartphone. Smartphone maker ZTE announced it will soon sell Mozilla’s first Firefox OS smartphone on eBay–they just haven’t said when.

The ZTE Open went on sale last month in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia. It will now be sold in the U.S. for $79.99, reports The Los Angeles Times. The phone will be sold unlocked and will be able to work with all cellular networks, according to the Chinese manufacturer. It has  a 3.5-inch-screen smartphone with a single-core 1GHz processor.

“Firefox OS is a new operating system developed by Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox Web browser. Mozilla says it is releasing the new platform as a way to give consumers more choices besides Apple and Google,” reports the newspaper.

The smartphone market is a saturated one, with new iPhone devices coming in a few weeks, Samsung taking top spots in sales, and brands like HTC and BlackBerry, which is now up for sale, struggling to get a share.

“The ZTE Open offers customers a smartphone experience at an incredible price point, making it ideal for cost-conscious consumers or those looking to upgrade to a smartphone for the first time,” Dai Wenhong, ZTE vice president, said in a statement. So that sounds like it’s proposed niche. Will it work?

A Girl Just Wants To Shop: Toddler Buys A Car From Ebay Using Her Dad’s Cell Phone!

July 14th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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When your child buys a car and is barely able to walk, you might want to start watching your credit card bills very closely.

According to Eyewitness News, that is exactly what happened to a Portland family.  Sorella Stoute, who is only 14 months old, recently got a hold of her dad’s cell phone and starting doing what most children do: playing with the keypad and/or buttons.

What Paul Stoute didn’t expect was for his daughter to buy the family a new car. Stella’s playing around landed her on the Ebay mobile website and after a little more inadvertent prodding, the little one ended up winning a $225 bid on a 1962 Austin Healey car.

Stoute says he and his wife initially panicked about what she’d done but ultimately, they decided to keep the car and fix it up:

‘”I’ve done a lot of body work in the past, like bondo and stuff like that,’ he said. ‘But this is another realm altogether.'”

He’s better than many of us. I would have gotten on the phone with customer service and the seller as soon as I’d realized what happened, trying to get them to cancel the purchase.

But Stella’s dad clearly took it all in stride and says he’s just more happy that she didn’t win a bid on an almost $4,000 Porsche he’d been eyeing for quite some time.

Oh, ad he’s also added some privacy settings, including facial recognition technology and a new PIN number.

Pulled From The Internet: EBay Bans the Sale Of “Django” Dolls

January 28th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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They were controversial as soon as they hit the market — the Django Unchained action figures caused debate over whether they were racist, inappropriate, and/or exploitive. Now the dolls have been banned from eBay, according to TMZ.

As we reported, many complained that the selling of these slave dolls, which were available on Amazon, is not only racially insensitive but also makes light of slavery. Following massive backlash from African-American advocacy groups, The Weinstein Company (which produced the film) discontinued the promotional figurines.

Ebay said via emails to sellers, “Since the manufacturer of this product has discontinued the item’s sale due to its potentially offensive nature, we are not allowing it to be sold on eBay,” reports TMZ. According to eBay, the dolls  were in violation of the company’s “Offensive Materials policy.” The dolls had been fetching as much as $300 apiece. According to Deadline Hollywood, the bidding for a complete set of the dolls had reached $1,000.

But all this controversy could have the opposite effect, making the doll even more collectible and expensive.

Are you opposed to the Django dolls?

Re-Sell & Make Money: Skip The Consignment Shop. Sell Your Clothes On eBay

January 4th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Last year after her first baby was born, Asharah Damore was looking for something to keep her creative juices flowing as well as make a little money while she stayed home with her newborn son. “Although this was a tremendous blessing I felt like I was losing my identity after about the six-month mark. I knew I didn’t want to go back to work but I wanted to make money doing something I enjoyed,” Damore explains to us.

So she turned to eBay. “I frequent the thrift stores and I would always see brand new or next to new items not in my size which I would pass [on] buying because I had no one to buy them for,” she says. “So I decided to start buying a few of those items too see if I could re-sell them on eBay.”

Damore found nearly immediate success, but the eBay format took time to master. “The first month was great and but it was hard to keep the momentum because on eBay keywords are very important and depending on how you list your items someone searching for what you have may or may not be able to find it,” Damore points out. “So you have to be creative on how title you listings.”

It’s not hard, however, to get started. First, you need to set up an account by registering on the website. “There’s no fee for listing items so long as you do not exceed 50 items per month; after that, the fee is nominal. In addition, once your item sells, you must pay eBay nine percent of the sale price, with a maximum fee of $250,” reports Forbes.

Ebay gives users two options on how to sell their products. The most common is the auction method. A seller establishes a baseline price (reserve), the length of auction and can even strike a deal, called “Buy it Now.” You can also lists items for sale at a set price with no bidding.

Now, you have opened a virtual business. Treat it as such and be professional in your approach, online language and dealings with customers. Forbes suggests picture your eBay business as a virtual storefront. “There are also websites, such as auctiva and The Seller Sourcebook, that provide thousands of templates based on a variety of categories. Pick one that works for you. Then be sure to categorize each item correctly so it can be easily found,” reports Forbes.