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June 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times
Goodbye Home Depot, hello StubHub. Before the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team takes the field Wednesday against the Portland Timbers, the sports facility that for the last decade bore the home improvement chain's name will be re-christened the StubHub Center. It marks the boldest move yet for one of the most recognized websites for buying sports and entertainment tickets to broaden its appeal outside the U.S. "Soccer is the key sport in the rest of the world," StubHub spokesman Glenn Lehrman said.
May 28, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Futuristic fabrics and high-tech garments are just one way technology is affecting the fashion landscape. Another, e-commerce, was the topic of discussion at Fashion Digital Los Angeles, a recent day-long conference in Hollywood. Some 450 registrants gathered for a range of discussions with such titles as "Beating Amazon With Inspiration-Based Commerce? Yes, It's Possible!" and "Turning Small Screens and Fat Fingers into Big Opportunities" that underscored that the fashion side of e-commerce is big and getting bigger.
April 22, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
There are some people who will try to find a way to make monetary gain from a tragedy. The aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings is no different. At the time of this posting, seven people are selling their 2013 Boston Marathon medals on EBay, with various pitches to entice people to buy. This has caused outrage in some who feel these sellers are trying cash in on the tragedy of the bombings last week. One seller lists his medal with a pitch that includes: "2013 Official Boston Marathon Finishers Medal given only to qualified runners who finished before the bombing took place.
April 19, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
A Laguna Niguel man admitted defrauding online auction giant EBay Inc. out of potentially millions of dollars in a scheme of “cookie stuffing,” which is a lot less savory than it sounds. Brian Andrew Dunning, 47, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court this week, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said. Dunning faces a fine and a possible jail sentence. Dunning admitted that between May 2006 and June 2007, he engaged in a scheme that caused EBay to pay him commissions for generating Web traffic to EBay that was achieved through fraudulent means.
April 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Those who ran in this year's Boston Marathon will never forget it. And those who didn't can buy a piece of the tragic run for about $200 to $300. At least five Boston Marathon finisher's medals -- traditionally given out exclusively to those who completed the 26.2-mile race -- were listed for sale on eBay after twin blasts rocked the race, killing three people and wounding more than 170. " It has been brought to our attention that this year's Boston Marathon Finisher's medallions have shown up on E-Bay," the medal maker, Ashworth Awards, said on Facebook on Wednesday evening.
March 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google, treading into territory, is launching an experimental same-day delivery service for online purchases. The Mountain View, Calif., company is testing out Google Shopping Express starting in the Bay Area and is calling for users to sign up to be early testers of the service. Google said users will be able to use Shopping Express to buy from a number of retailers, all on one online site. After users make their purchase, they can then select when they want the item to be delivered.
March 3, 2013 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Home Depot Center, the 125-acre sports facility in Carson home to two Major League Soccer teams, will become StubHub Center in June. Online ticket resale outlet StubHub, a subsidiary of EBay Inc., will replace retailer Home Depot as the name sponsor of the $150-million multiuse sports venue owned by entertainment giant AEG. The duration and financial terms of the multiyear agreement were not disclosed. Home Depot paid $70 million for its 10-year sponsorship that is ending. This is the first name sponsorship of a public venue for StubHub, said Danielle Maged, global head of partnerships and business development at the San Francisco company.
January 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A rare and transparent Apple Newton listed on Ebay appears to have sold for $1,350. The item, which was available only under EBay's "Buy It Now" feature, was one of Apple's unsuccessful MessagePad personal digital assistant devices from the 1990s. The listed item was a variant of the MessagePad 110, which came out in 1994. Rather than a dark body, the EBay-listed MessagePad 110 had see-through parts. QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge The item's seller says he or she didn't know too much about the product on its page description but had received messages from "serious Apple collectors" that said the item was given out to developers by the Cupertino, Calif., company at a conference.
January 18, 2013 | By David Colker
Want to buy tickets to the presidential inauguration ceremony taking place in Washington on Monday? Don't go to eBay or Craigslist -- they've agreed not to list the tickets, according to Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), a member of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. "EBay and Craigslist are doing the right thing in stopping the sale of scalped tickets to one of our nation's most sacred events," Schumer said in a statement. Quiz: Some trivia at inauguration 2013 But the tickets, which are supposed to be distributed for free by members of Congress and other officials, are still very much available online  -- and in some cases for big bucks.
December 21, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The cherry-red 1989 Corvette convertible that Corky Rice has is in cherry condition. It ought to be. It still has its original new car invoice sticker on its windshield and a mere 67 miles on its odometer. The shiny two-seater was stolen in 1989 from the new car sales lot at what was then called C & M Chevrolet in San Diego and driven straight to a nearby self-storage facility, where it was locked in a garage-size unit and left there - for 23 years. The rent on the unit started at $50 a month.
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