The Plum Shopping site offers “simple and fun shopping experiences,” according to the company’s website.
But there’s one catch.
The site has to go through a third party to make money.
The business is run by a former eBay employee who has since left the company.
The former employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was approached by the Plum Shopping company with the idea of running it.
He declined to reveal how much the company was making, saying the site’s revenue was “unreliable” due to a lack of funding.
In addition to its sales, the company offers online coupons and other services, according to its website.
Its main revenue stream is affiliate revenue.
The company, which is not named in the complaint, said it received about $1.5 million in revenue in the first half of this year, including the sale of more than $700,000 worth of coupons.
Plum Shopping is not the only example of a website that was run by an eBay employee that was not the actual founder.
In June, the FTC revealed that an employee at eBay, who was hired in April 2018, had been running a website for months, even as the company had already paid off the employee.
The employee, a former employee who wished not to be named, said that while the employee was an eBay administrator, the employee also worked as an “expert” for eBay and had access to information about the company from its servers.
The website had a “zero tolerance” policy for fraudulent purchases, and “websites with any sort of malicious or unauthorized content” were subject to “a full and complete shutdown,” according a letter sent to the site in October.
This isn’t the first time eBay has faced a scandal with a former staffer.
In August, the agency announced that it had fined eBay more than US$200,000 for running a site for sellers who were unable to meet certain minimum sales thresholds.
The agency’s investigation focused on eBay’s “unusual” practice of awarding sales quotas to sellers.
The investigation also found that eBay’s systems “were not designed or designed to handle large volumes of data.”
The agency found that “a significant amount of time” went into the “deployment of a vendor who had little or no experience with eBay’s online marketing system.”
The site also had “a reputation for making false sales claims” and was used by sellers who didn’t meet eBay’s sales quotas, the letter said.
At the time, eBay said the allegations were “unfounded” and “completely untrue.”
“We’re very disappointed with this report,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“We continue to take steps to strengthen our compliance with the law, including an investigation of this issue.”