Worst Company in Britain 2009 - Halifax Bank Of Scotland v eBay

worst-2009-roundonecomplete Right then – the babies have all been put to bed and the big bad boys and girls are left as Bitterwallet’s Worst Company In Britain 2009 competition enters its second round. The tension mounts… on with the body count!

Today’s match-up between two of your 16 most-hated companies is between Halifax Bank Of Scotland and eBay – two giants who have no qualms about unfairly and shamelessly removing money from the pockets of their victims customers.

You’ve got until midnight tonight to cast your vote and all of the first round results can be found here. If you’re looking for a picture of a massive toy giraffe hanging about outside a Travelodge, you’re wasting your time. That stuff is so first round.


  • Spark
    This is a very difficult one for me as I despise the Halifax with every fibre of my being, but no company could possibly topple Ebay in the shit stakes so I have had to go with them. You really have pitted slime vs slime here though.
  • Nobby
    Difficult one for me, both good companies.
  • fuzzy
    Has to be HBOS just for introducing the £1 a day overdraft fee.
  • Mark
    Gotta be e-bay with their ridiculous fees, only the other week i sold an item for £80 only to be charged a total of £12 for the privelage of being charged again by paypal, absolutely extortionate rip off these days unless you are a business, private sellers may as well give up as e-bay has forgotten it's roots. I won't be selling again through e-bay
  • CompactDistance
    eBay, because at least you can avoid HBOS's fees by moving to another bank.
  • juankerr
    Ebay cos it's possible to run a Halifax account without getting charged. Ebay however would charge you for the air that you breathe if it was possible. Also, if you don't like Halifax you can take your ball elsewhere.
  • Steve M.
    A very hard choice this one as both often leave a very sour taste in your mouth with their antics.
  • Gunther
    eBay forcing sellers to accept credit card payments through their scummy payment method makes them the worst company for me. Also their system of not allowing sellers to leave any negative feedback for buyers is extremely unfair.
  • Hi O.
    No contest! Feebay, any day of the week, any day of the year.....
  • Nobby
    You can easily avoid using eBay by selling at a boot fair or a local auction house. In fact, eBay's fees look very reasonable compared to auction houses.
  • Nobby
    Or you could of course use one of the many other internet auction sites. Loads are free to list. They just don't have buyers there. So you either pay for access to eBay's large user base, or don't pay and access only a tiny proportion of buyers.
  • rune
    Ebay, but only by a margin as HBOS are a real shower as well. Fleabay has a stranglehold on the online auction marketplace. Occasional sellers are shafted to allow for the big companies and power sellers and like gunther says you can't leave neg feedback for a buyer if they fail to pay for stuff but they can happily sh*t list you. Not to mention the fact that they insist sellers offer free postage to compete with play and amazon if they happen to be selling games, dvds or cds and charge the earth for listing and then completing a sale afterwards. Paypal, their deformed beast of a payment system is another big rip off. I bought an item on fleabay and returned it as it wasn't suitable and they charged me for the privilege of getting my money back. I don't know any other retailer who would get away with this.
  • dunfyboy
    They are both shite. Knew it would be tougher when we got to the second round. As others have said, at least you can move banks but fleabay have pretty much got the online auction thing all wrapped up. Only other option really is to sell your stuff for pennies to gypos at a car boot sale.
  • d
    fleabay. For their lovely habit of cancelling dodgy auctions AFTER the bidder has paid for the item, refusing to tell the bidder why the auction was cancelled, and then being no help at all when the bidder has to try and get their money back! (They did this to my twice in 5 days) Oh and also for their high rip off seller fees, poor customer service and general crappiness.
  • charitynjw
    Can I claim unfair dismissal? Signed Mr Giraffe.
  • SJT
    Ebay didn't get bailed out by me (the taxpayer) this year, so they're safe for me....
  • Greenshoots G.
    My vote has to go to Halifax Bank of Scotland. Halifax Bank of Scotland effectively became insolvent through incompetent lending and mismanagement. This (through Government bailouts) has cost taxpayers many millions of Pounds. Indeed it is possible that the full extent of HBOS losses is not yet fully apparent. Every man, woman and child in the country will be expected to pay for this mess for years to come. Ebay is simply not in the same league.
  • the r.
    i dont remember Ebay being bailed out by the taxpayer and costing us 20 billion quid. Ebay isnt great but seriously C'mon!!!!!!!!
  • anti-paypal
    ebay,with their 10% flat rate final value fee+paypal fees 3.8% fee for non-business sellars.greedy twats.they suck.monopoly using paypal,being made to include paypal as one of the payment methods.should be investigated by trading standards.should be forced to include other payment methods like pppay,nothex,google checkout etc to give customers a fair choice?
  • Worst B.
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  • Birminghambloke
    Ebay. For their abusive fees and feable investiment in servers and software development.
  • the t.
    Halifax without a shadow of a doubt. If anyone can fathom out their stupid online banking services,just to activate you need a maths degree. The phone help lines deliberately employ the rudest people imaginable,(I expect "how to be offensive and rude" is an item on their training scheme).Also they must have the motto:" Its not our fault, you are the customer, its your fault ! I could go on but enough said.
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