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      09-24-2018, 04:20 PM   #1
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eBay meddling in the elections?

Did anyone else get this from eBay today?

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Hi,

The 2016 elections were a rollercoaster ride, but if they taught us one thing, they taught us that every vote counts. This year Americans will vote for all 435 seats in the U.S. House, one-third of the seats in the U.S. Senate, and many local and state offices across the nation. Those who we re-elect or newly elect this year will have a major impact on the policies that affect all of us.

This is a friendly reminder that the voter registration deadline is fast approaching in many states. If you aren't registered – or aren't sure – check out the easy-to-use voting tools on the eBay Main Street site. Not only can you look up voting and election information in your area, but you can also learn about your local candidates.

Every vote counts so make sure you are registered!

Sincerely,

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      09-24-2018, 04:27 PM   #2
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How is this 'meddling'?

Seems like an honest, non-partisan attempt to encourage all who are able to exercise their rights to vote, to do so - which I find agreement in.

Where is the issue here?
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How is this 'meddling'?

Seems like an honest, non-partisan attempt to encourage all who are able to exercise their rights to vote, to do so - which I find agreement in.

Where is the issue here?
Can't a guy be clickbaitey?

I'm sure our friends will answer you quickly.
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A bunch of people buy intercoolers off ebay. Ebay appears to be meddling in mods.
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I did not receive this. I got 10% ebay bucks today though.

Meddling is a reach but eBay is in the bay area which is predominatly on the left side. Trying to get more people to the polls to vote their way?

Not sure why you would receive this in Canada though.
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Isn't meddling in my opinion.

I am on Ebay a fair amount, and haven't seen this notice.
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It's funnier because I got an email, and the sender is: government_relations@ebay.com

The subject reads: Are you registered to vote?

It could be illegitimate, but the message is pretty clear (2016 elections were a rollercoaster ride and taught us that every vote counts). All of which is true and aside from my click bait, it's all "good" if we don't know how left-leaning they are.

The link in the email points to: https://www.ebaymainstreet.com/action-center

EDIT: left-leaning or not, they are trying to sway you to vote for candidates that support e-commerce and stuff (less taxes for e-commerce).
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I heard recently that WalMart marketing research showed that their customers wanted WalMart to engage in the political spectrum - take a stand politically.

More and more companies are doing this, so I guess it's in vogue with the marketing types? I recall JC Penney showing "two dads" in their advertising circular about 10 years ago. Marketing thought it was a good idea, and the CEO approved it. That very quarter their sales dropped 40%, and the board fired everyone. They never recovered. Not sure how the whole Target bathroom thing ended up - I remember they lost some business when it happened.

It makes absolutely zero sense to me that a retailer would do this, but we will see how it ends - perhaps it will increase sales.
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I sell stuff on Ebay and I didn't receive this email. So this might be a 4chan fake news.

Also why would Ebay send it to a Canadian?
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I received this email yesterday also.

Kinda weird. Not sure what to make of it.
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I received this email yesterday also.

Kinda weird. Not sure what to make of it.
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I think it's Russian meddling in the elections again, and now through eBay (((
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I think it's Russian meddling in the elections again, and now through eBay (((
Weird since eBay is owned by China.
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I received this email yesterday also.

Kinda weird. Not sure what to make of it.
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A bunch of people buy intercoolers off ebay. Ebay appears to be meddling in mods.
I need vacuum lines. Are they meddling with those?!?
And my 1er key broke last year. Coincidence?
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Weird since eBay is owned by China.
I find no evidence of that. Care to offer some proof?
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Weird since eBay is owned by China.
I find no evidence of that. Care to offer some proof?
It's a joke. Lighten up Francis
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It's a joke. Lighten up Francis
Very funny............
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It's a joke. Lighten up Francis
Very funny............
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WTF? eBay meddling? It's just a call to get people to vote.

The majority of people do not vote. There's nothing wrong with getting people to sign up and go vote.
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Patagonia is also in on the action
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Reminding people to get off their asses to vote isn't meddling.
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