Well I hate to kill your sure-fire money maker, but eBay has pulled all the XO laptop ads. Is eBay, a co-sponsor of OLPC, somehow trying to protect the spirit of Give One Get One by purposely de-listing XO-1 ads?
I've heard the reason the sellers couldn't eBay OLPC is because they violated eBay's Pre-Sale Policy:
Pre-sale listings are those that describe items for sale that are not in the control or possession of the seller at the time of the listing. These listings generally consist of items that are sold in advance of a delivery date to the public.Before yesterday, no one knew when we would get XO laptops, so sellers couldn't confirm shipping dates, and that's how eBay canceled the auctions. With First Day Donor email, the eBay sellers should be able guarantee an XO availability between December 14-24.
eBay permits Pre-sale listings only on a limited basis. The seller must guarantee that the item will be available for shipping within 30 days from the date of purchase (i.e., the day the listing ends or the date the item is purchased from a store front listing). The seller must also clearly indicate within the listing the fact that the item is a pre-sale item with a delivery date that indicates the item will be shipped by the 30th day from the end date of the listing.
Will eBay now allow a completed XO auction? And will T-Mobile HotSpot subscription resellers start posting eBay auctions once we get confirmation codes from One Laptop Per Child?