Are You a Single Parent Using eBay Casually?

Ellen Shapiro is a former NY Times writer and is working with eBay on some video projects.  Currently she is searching for younger eBay sellers who have had a fun experience selling on eBay. Particularly interesting would be a single parent who has used eBay to raise some funds. Ellen is not looking for full-time, professional eBay sellers, but just casual users.

If this describes you or someone you know, please click on Ellen’s name and send her a message via facebook.

On Show # 29, August 22nd, Ellen called in at the beginning of the show and told us more about it. You can listen to that episode on TalkShoe.


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  • Joyceb

    It is nice to know you have personal contact with her as there is a lot of speculation going around about what she is doing.

    It’s unusual for eBay to hire a firm to perform pr and not identify the firm or have an eBay contact. I received one of the emails and asked for more information.

    So perhaps she could clarify exactly what she is doing and for what company? Or something, I don’t feel comfortable at this time responding to the email.

  • Kat Simpson

    Thanks Joyce, yes and eBetsy also checked out her creds. The film crew I worked with is also an outside company. But I heard from them and from an eBay contact. Perhaps this is the new direction they are working for specific projects.
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    • Joyceb

      Thanks Kat, I sent an email to contacts too. I’m not trying to discredit her but I’ve worked with eBay pr and never seen a problem with identifying the company they were outsourcing to,

      I’ve looked at her credentials and she does have a lot of experience in journalism as free lance.

      I’m glad eBetsie checked her out too. But I am curious where she is getting the emails. The one I received it on is my ES email.

      I’m not going to speculate anymore until I learn more. I’d love to see some videos that are upbeat and positive about how eBay changes lives.

  • Ellen Shapiro

    Hello Kat and Joyce. I am getting email addresses from the Education Specialist directory at PowerU and people are kindly forwarding them on. I am not working directly with eBay, but with a pr firm contracted by them. This is certainly a legit project, but please don’t participate if you don’t feel comfortable. I have reached out to many sources and am getting some promising candidates–but I could always use more help. Thanks very much, Ellen

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