Ebay Book ban!

Discussion in 'Homeschooling in the News' started by Syele, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. Syele

    Syele New Member

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    Today I got a notice that an ebook I had bid on was in the Prohibited items list. Turns out the one I bid on was banned for being cheaper than the listing price but as I was looking through the list of items I discovered Ebay has a new policy Banning ANY teacher's edition of any text book!!!!

    I see teachers are now a protected class! They can claim that it's to stop public school students from cheating on tests by buying the teacher's edition.. but COME ON! If a public School student has a Bank Account and a credit card and is determined to cheat they will anyways. Besides .. Ebay allows alot of utter CRAP and disallows textbook manuals. :roll: I think it's truly just aa slight against homeschoolers or else someone making policies that is just plain stupid. I am writing them to complain. Maybe if enough people do they will change it.
     
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  3. Ohio Mom

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    Syele, I just listed about 27 Abeka books on ebay and 16 of them were Teacher Edition or Teacher Keys. I haven't heard a word. I wonder if I should contact them and inquire about it or just leave it alone and see what happens. I know a while ago I saw this same post about ebay, I continued to check and ebay continues to have them for sale. I never tried buying any of them. Sooooo I went ahead and put my books on for sale. I think I will just wait and see what happens:)
     
  4. Jackie

    Jackie Active Member

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    My guess is that the Abeka is an "official" homeschooling company. (Yes, I know the sell to private schools, too!) But last year I needed a TM for Rachael's pre-algebra book. It was one that came from a PS, and one that isn't usually sold to HS's. About the only thing we could do would be to organize a protest, and have HS'ers refuse to do business with E-Bay until the policy changed. I think the company I got the pre-algebra book from was Alibris. Something like that.... The price was fair...I think about $12 for a used book in good condition.
     
  5. Sabrina

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    If you want to look at this more - go to the forum(community) on Ebay and go to books. There are quite a few sellers there that are not enjoying this new policy. Some of them have had 30 items removed at a time.
    I was really disappointed because that is where I buy all my teacher's manuals.
    Sabrina
     
  6. Syele

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    One of the sites I was reading about it said they have dropped the average number of teacher's edition books from 3000 to about 900. I have a rod and staff set of the book and the teacher's edition I was about to post... but now I'm reconsidering.
     
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    I must have posted this at atoz, but I tried to buy the teacher's edition of Jeanne's math book and Houghton Mifflin wouldn't sell to me unless I gave proof of h.s.ing.
    They gave me the same story, that kids are coming there and ordering TA's to get ahead in their classes. A teenager must have way too much time and free money to do such a thing.

    Considering the cars I see parked at our highschool, I can believe it.

    I wouldn't see it as preferential treatment for teachers, really. Is Ebay willing to sell TA's if given proof of h.s.ing?
     
  8. Jackie

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    Sabrina, I read the comments, at least some of them. One person commented that many of the books he (she?) sells are vintage. Why won't they allow the TE of the old "Dick and Jane" readers? Well, I guess you never know when a first-grader might want to cheat on their worksheets, right?

    Someone commented that minors aren't supposedly allowed to buy from ebay without parental permission in the first place. Someone else was wondering if ebay would continue selling fishing lures, since they have no way of knowing if the person buying them has a license to fish......
     
  9. Syele

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    Exactly my point. if Ebay is going to take on all the Juvinile Deliquents who cheat on tests in school and happen to have credit cards and Ebay account... Why do they still sell chain link bras and other stuff not for children? their policies are very clear that a person has to be over 18 to use the site. That should cover it if that was truly their concern. All I can see is that they are trying to make some political statement.
     
  10. Maureen

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    I love buying my books on e bay!! I am so bummed by this! You know the other day I was browsing e bay and typed in homeschool in the search....I usually get 250 pages worth byt now it's like 45 pages. I wonder if this is why!
     
  11. Sabrina

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    Jackie, I noticed posts like that, too. The Dick and Jane vintage - I think they just pull off without really looking at it. They'll just be put on as vintage and not list TE in the title. No reason for that not to be sold. Ridiculous.
    Such a shame. There are those of us who can't afford to buy new TE. The used are fine when it comes to TE. I will have to get used to the other sites you ladies talk about to look for used Homeschool books. With gas prices going up we have to cut some places.
    Sabrina
     
  12. Ohio Mom

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    I just received notice that they removed my 3 Teacher Editions from ebay that I had listed. I had received questions from interested buyers, so I just e-mailed them that I still had them for sale if they were interested. I hope I won't get in trouble by doing that, but I need to sell them so I can buy next years curriculum. They have not removed my teacher keys yet. They are the books with all the test answers in them.dah!!! I'm sure they will do that before the day ends.:( I can't believe this, they do sell alot of things on ebay that is not for the eyes of children. They even show pictures that are unappropriate!!! I'm really frustrated and think I will just take them to the local book exchange that we have for homeschoolers and pray that someone will need these and I can find some that I can use.
     
  13. Jackie

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    G'ma, I would send an e-mail directly to them, and tell them that since they are no longer friendly to HS's selling/buying books, you will take all of your business to places that are willing to meet your needs. Personally, I think they're getting pressure from someone with financial pull to not sell these books.
     
  14. Ohio Mom

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    Jackie, Good idea, I will do that right now.
     
  15. Syele

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    What form did you use to email them? I tried and it said I could only used to form to report people selling prohibited stuff. :(
     
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    You know, I think EBAY is being stupid. I do think that we should be able to buy teachers manuals. You still can if you want to, just not on Ebay. However, I could care less about buying books they use in the school system. I have yet to see anything worth buying that the public schools use. I am sure I haven't seen all the books they use so I may be wrong.
     
  17. Syele

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    That's part of the problem Ava Rose, it's not just the ones the public schools use .. It's any teacher's edition of a book... Ohio grandma's were abeka! I probably wouldn't care it it was just public school textbooks they targeted.
     
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    try this one. You will have to press the "email us" under the line. I know it doesn't' exactly go where you want it to, but it's around there.

    Why don't they list the teacher's text books under 'everything else', 'mature audiences'. Since you have to be 18, or prove to them anyway. Just an idea.
     
  19. Jackie

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    Just for the record, Ava Rose, the Rachael's pre-algebra book is a discarded Public School book published by Merrill. While I agree when it comes to most subjects, I've found this book very easy to use and it has worked wonderfully for me. I would strongly reccomend it to anyone, especially since I am NOT a "math person", LOl!
     
  20. Ohio Mom

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    Syele, I went to (Ebay Help, Contact Us, Selling & Fees, My Listing Was Removed, Listed an item Banned, Continue and then E-Mail us). There are other options under Selling & Fees that you can choose. My Abeka items are not selling very well, I think people have gone elsewhere to buy their used curriculum. I don't blame them. I am very upset about it and e-mailed them- told them I would never use e-bay again unless they changed their policy. I also told them that some of the things on e-bay (including the pictures) are not for children's eyes. I haven't gotten a response yet, probably won't. I would remove all my listings now, but, people have bid on them. The books I paid 20.00 are going to be sold for 1.00:( Oh well, someone who doesn't have very much money hopefully will get a good deal:)
     
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    yea, see I don't know anything. I am sure the public schools have some decent material. Afterall, I had only a ps education. I am sure other online auctions will sell teacher's manuals. Doesn't Yahoo have one? I am not sure.
     

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