Television reporter unmasks abusive eBay troll
A Michigan news station asked private investigators to help uncover the identity of the man known as 'Ebayisajoke.'
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.
"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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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.
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.
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?
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