The Ebay Rag Mag

September 28, 2008

Kaydeecouture.com

I ran into Kirsten of www.kaydeecouture.com the other day and decided it’s time to start featuring exemplary eBay sellers.  I can think of no better eBay seller to start with.

Kaydeecouture.c got her start on eBay in December of 2003 and became a Gold level powerseller within the first three months of offering her preowned designer clothing on eBay.   She is one of the most well known and most successful of eBays’ clothing sellers. 

I am inspired by leaders.  Leaders know it is risky to speak up, to lead by example, to support a new idea, to follow a dream, to step out of the box and utilize ones creativity to stand above the crowd.   Yes it can be risky, but it will always be rewarding.  No one knows this better than Kirsten of Kaydeecouture.com who amid the disaster of the October 2007 wildfires stepped up to the plate and donated her unsold inventory, collected thousands of pounds of clothing from local businesses and private homeowners,  and shipped them to the victims of the Southern California fires.   She also offered free personal shopping services for any victim that made the request, no questions asked.

Kirsten’s generosity became known to the media and a private e-mail which she sent in response to appeals for assistance was featured on CNN Headline News and is still being featured on http://www.californiawildfires.org/.

This was not done for publicity it was a genuine offer which came from empathy for those who lose so much to natural disaster.    Kirsten, a victim of natural disaster herself,  was forced to relocate to West Palm Beach, Florida from Ft Lauderdale after losing her condo following the one-two punch of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma and understands, “how traumatic these events can be”.   Although it was not her intent to be recognized for her efforts she admits that she was pleasantly surprised by the positive attention it brought her business.   Unfortunately, she never got to enjoy the benefit of all of the positive publicity because shortly after her own life would take a horrific turn.

Kirsten suffered a great loss, a personal tragedy, and while she was preoccupied with her grief, several of her eBay competitors took advantage of the situation and maliciously destroyed her eBay feedback profile by making small purchases and leaving undeserved negative feedback in an effort to sabotage their competition.  It is not known if they actually knew of the turmoil Kirsten was dealing with.  It is known that it was done as a result of the CNN news report.

That’s eBay for you!  eBay claims to want to rid itself of, “bad sellers” yet this type of competitive underhandedness seems to be on the rise.

It breaks my heart to know that such a good person, such an admirable woman could be blindsided like this and it makes me think twice about who I will make my purchases from in the future.

Kirsten aka kaydeecouture.c has been selling quietly under the newly created eBay ID for the last year Piquant_couture and says she we begin selling on her original account again in December after all of the negatives have dropped out of the equation.

There is so much more to this story but out of respect I will not go into detail.  Most of us already know of the personal tragedies that Kirsten has had to overcome.  We admire you, support you and encourage you to continue to succeed.  Congratulations on getting your (off eBay) site back up and running again.  We wish you the best of luck and hope everything you touch will be as wonderful and as awe inspiring as you are. 

Paul

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