Television reporter unmasks abusive eBay troll

A Michigan news station asked private investigators to help uncover the identity of the man known as 'Ebayisajoke.'

By Kim Peterson Aug 13, 2013 4:05PM
A Michigan television station says it has unmasked a man who has heaped abuse on eBay (EBAY) sellers for years.

Television reporter Rob Wolchek asked private investigators to hunt down the man, who calls himself "Ebayisajoke" and posts videos of himself online wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. The man has his own YouTube channel where he disguises his voice to slam eBay and threaten individual sellers.
Wolchek identifies the man as Charles, or "Chuck," Fitch, of Canton, Mich. He is "an obese bachelor who appears to live by himself and stay inside most of the day," reports The Daily Mail. There's a surprise.

Wolchek's nine-minute report (see it here) describes how Fitch allegedly told one eBay seller, "I'm going to ruin you in every conceivable manner." Fitch allegedly would win auctions on eBay and then refuse to pay sellers, Wolchek said. He also allegedly photoshopped images of sellers into other photos. Video still from Rob Wolchek's report about an Internet bully (© Fox 2 News Detroit)

"He's sick," one New Jersey businessman targeted by "Ebayisajoke" told Wolchek. "He's actually sick in the head."

Wolchek trailed Fitch for weeks and confronted him in a Michigan parking lot, but Fitch denied any knowledge of the issue. "I don't know what you're talking about," he told Wolchek. "Who are you talking about?"

Wolchek's report was mentioned on EBayblows, a website that appears to have ties to "Ebayisajoke."

"We told him to look at both sides and he failed to do so," the EBayblows site said.

The site also added this message: "Ebayisajoke said he will never go away anytime soon. They can keep writing articles about him all they want but he will not stop exposing eBay and PayPal for what they do to people."

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74Comments
Aug 13, 2013 6:20PM
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Regardless of what you think of Ebay, this idiot was targeting innocent users of Ebay, not just Ebay.  Chuck is a loser who sits around all day collecting grievances against people and organizations.  A perpetual whiner!  Chucky, now that you have been exposed maybe you can find some costumes or wigs on Ebay to disguise yourself and hope for the best.  Buddy, you've really made a huge **** out of yourself and now it's time to pay up!
Aug 13, 2013 8:11PM
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I am a seller in good standing on Ebay.  None of the product I sell is stolen.  I dearly paid for every item.  It is a good forum for selling items. Between Ebay and Paypal the buyer is insured of a satisfied transaction.  I know that I bend over backwards for my buyers.  Being disabled and not being able to work a job selling my items on Ebay gives me something to do besides watch T.V.  I cannot wait to get positive feedback from every item I sell.  I just love to see what the buyer writes.  Ebay does have some problems but they do work very hard at trying to fix them.  The Sellers and Buyers just need to give Ebay feedback and suggestions on how to make it better. Call them on the problems so to speak..  Nothing is Perfect.  Have a Great Day All
Aug 13, 2013 6:12PM
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If you don't like Ebay,  don't use it.
Aug 13, 2013 5:16PM
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Ebay has it's uses. I can sometimes find there what I can't find anywhere else.
Aug 13, 2013 6:56PM
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So just what is this guy's problem with Ebay anyway? Isn't he committing fraud by buying on Ebay and then not paying? Shouldn't he be arrested for theft and misrepresentation? I'm pretty sure he's not ordering using his Ebayisajoke handle, as he's a coward.

I've bought a few things off of Ebay that I couldn't find anywhere else, and I'm satisfied. In fact I usually go there to find older or vintage items. As I can contact the seller I don't see a problem with Ebay.

Judging by the Detroit bikini website behind him, he probably is from MI.

Aug 13, 2013 11:29PM
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One word for this guy:  LOSER !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 14, 2013 9:08AM
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I am an Ebay Top Seller with an almost perfect feedback rate.  I do not have a perfect feedback rate due mainly to idiots like CHUCK who do not pay for their winning bids, then write negative feedback on the sale, simply to screw over sellers in an attempt to get them to leave Ebay.  And CHUCKs attempt does not make me want to DROP Ebay, it just reinforces the fact that there are LOSERS on Ebay.  Unfortunately, Ebay is rather unhelpful with most of these people as I am sure they monitor hundreds of thousands of users. 

 

Sorry, Chuck, but Ebay is not the issue.  It is people like you who think they are entitled to ruin everyone else's experience.  Sure, Ebay can irritate me with their fee structure, but ya know what?  If you don't like it go and find another site that you can do the same with.  You won't find it, unless you want to pay per bid or put up with craigs list buyers who sometimes seem to crawl out from under a rock with a 60 point IQ.

 

Still, I will keep using Ebay because it IS the best out there and for the most part, is very secure for a fluid transaction.

Aug 13, 2013 10:23PM
Aug 13, 2013 10:09PM
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If you don't like Ebay,  don't use it.
Aug 13, 2013 8:54PM
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I have never had problems with either Ebay or PayPal. I don't use them that much. The only problems I have had are with sellers passing off crap as other than what it really is or (only happened once, billingh me twice). Each time both Ebay and PayPal have stood behind the buyer and against the party causing problems. I wouldn't sell on Ebay; fees have gone up way too much, and shipping charges have skyrocketed. When shipping costs get too expensive then that will be the end of the business model.
Aug 14, 2013 8:50AM
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People who commit internet abuse are criminals and cowards. They sometimes will steal our time, money, and good reputation. They spew anger, confusion, and threats while hidden behind their anonymous and protected computer demographics. Feeling that you were mistreated does not give a person the right to trash or threaten. He'll probably will attempt to explain the incident away by saying he was trying to get some problem resolution or was just having fun. These excuses are not sufficient and he needs to be legally punished.

eBay is no saint in this matter. It is virtually impossible to have a conversation with a live eBay employee. This may cause some buyers and sellers to inappropriately handle problems by themselves. When money is involved, people become emotional and react poorly. For example, eBay allows buyers to provide negative about a transaction even when the seller did nothing wrong and refunded the payment. eBay controls the largest internet auction marketplace. Their site is the best known auction site around the world and has the largest section of merchandise. Saying that if you don't like eBay policies or practices then don't use the service is not a practical solution. In many cases, sellers have invested much time and money in establishing their eBay business and buyers want to purchase an item that can only be located through an eBay seller. Why can't eBay use some of its large profits to offer assistance in problem resolution?

Aug 14, 2013 10:02AM
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This is exactly what is wrong with eBay and how it does not look after it's sellers. Here is a man, who eBay has info on, and even with ALL the seller complaints on him eBay did nothing. Why did it take a local reporter to be aware of the problem enough to track him down and expose him? EBay tells sellers that to prevent buyer abuse you can report a buyer, enough complaints and the buyer's account gets limited. But sellers know it's a lie, because nothing ever gets done to the buyers who abuse the system and basically can get away with theft and harassment. And now here is public proof that those reports mean absolutely nothing and nothing gets done. Trolls can abuse and report sellers and sellers have no recourse.
Aug 14, 2013 4:45AM
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I've bought some nice stuff on Ebay. My import music collection has grown exponentially since Ebay has been around.
Aug 14, 2013 10:03AM
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What was his motivation for the crusade against E-Bay sellers? If he opposes Free Enterprise there are thousands of other countries to relocate to. Prosecute the fool and if found guilty, make the sentence a row in boat to anywhere except American Soil.
Aug 13, 2013 8:57PM
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We don't declare war on obesity; we declare war on fat people.Can we watch it on the generalizations, please? Burl Ives was obese and loved. Sidney Greenstreet weighed over 300-LBS and played one of the finest villians ever. Orson Welles, another obese man, made one of the world's finest movies in "Citizen Kane." Santa Claus? Not a thin guy at all.
Aug 13, 2013 6:09PM
Aug 14, 2013 7:51AM
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I occasionally sell on Ebay. It can be frustrating dealing with people on Ebay, but you need to remember, it isn't any different than selling at a brick and mortar store. You are going to be dealing with good customers, difficult customers, thieves, etc. There are many ways to protect your self on Ebay and while using some caution as in any store, one can successfully sell on Ebay. I have had Ebay fix problems that my seller/buyer has created. They do try, but it is ultimately up to the users to use common sense and caution when dealing with customers.
Aug 14, 2013 10:38AM
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it would be nice to see this guy get what is due him

Aug 14, 2013 10:10AM
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I have been a member of ebay sence 2001, Have had very little problems, I can find great stuff on there, and the power sellers or great,  I love it, Creeps like chunky chuck as nothing better to do, I'm glad he is off the sight, excellent job tracking  this creep down
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