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More bloody stupid ebay rules

Postby widget2k4 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:57 pm

Just got this message from ebay after trying to send someone a contact number for a courier who I use so they could get a quote. What is the ebay world coming to?
Please remove contact info. If you proceed, you’ll be charged a final value fee, even if the item does not actually sell. See Policy.

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Re: More bloody stupid ebay rules

Postby aristomatic » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:11 am

Yes EBay have eventually moved to try to significantly reduce losses incurred with sellers selling off eBay, when effectively using ebay as a free advertising site.

New user agreements are effective shortly and they have already started sending warnings out as the poster states.

So now any contact telephone numbers or email or any other construed contact details displayed anywhere in the listing (and that includes a pic of your contact details) will constitute policy violation.

They even state in the new user agreement that they can now not only automatically apply as, widget infers, a final value fee irrespective of whether the item is sold on eBay or not, but can also apply additional fees to cover 'monitoring costs incurred to prevent off eBay purchases'.

I recently tried to relist a non slot machine related item and an eBay robot asked me to revise the listing as it had interpreted a possible policy violation with respect to their new policy. It wasn't until I had removed the phrase Buy-it-now to secure or just Make me an offer, from the listing copy, that it was allowed to be relisted. The item had been listed as a buy-it-now or best offer format on their system...............!

Interestingly, when I spoke with them via live chat they also stated that if another member, e.g. a buyer, sends you any contact details or any comments that could be construed as trying to initiate an off eBay sale, if you, as the seller, do not report them, then under the terms of the new user agreement you will deemed to be complicit and open to additional fees/restrictions and or suspension.

They did introduce, about a year ago applying final value fees to items listed in auction format when the seller ended the listing early to sell off ebay when the item already had bids. I think you got a warning first time then fees applied on any additional violation. However this didn't include all the buy-it-now and or
best offer listings that were ended with an off eBay purchase after contact details were communicated via an EBay listing or messages etc.

You will just have to change your name via deed to your telephone number.

Juan Sven......etc.

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Re: More bloody stupid ebay rules

Postby badpenny » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:43 am

They've been really slow in this area and must have lost millions since they began.
I know of slotties that have sold more machines than I have ever owned without ever paying a penny to eBay.

It wouldn't take much to come up with a code based on something like every other word beginning with a letter that corresponds to a number, you'd only need a 22 word message.
In order to get it into common use you could sell it on eBay.

BP :didact:

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Re: More bloody stupid ebay rules

Postby coppinpr » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:08 pm

After 20 years on ebay I was thrown out completely two weeks ago for trying to get a buyer to send me a photo of the artwork he wanted via email as the ebay photo system isn't good enough. Ebay read it as me trying to sell offline, which it was not. I was away at the time and when I got back had to plead with customer service to reinstate me... They did on a one off basis because I'd been with them so long. One thing I'm not sure about is can you send details AFTER you make a sale? It seems so, but I'm loath to take the chance without being sure. !PUZZLED!

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Re: More bloody stupid ebay rules

Postby aristomatic » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:21 pm

Well I suppose if after a sale proceeded and they paid via PayPal you would then have their PayPal email address to correspond directly and send any images etc. and initiate any additional transactions off eBay?

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Re: More bloody stupid ebay rules

Postby widget2k4 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:47 pm

You can send details once the item has been bought no problem.

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Re: More bloody stupid ebay rules

Postby treefrog » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:21 pm

eBay need to move to a fix price system like how advertising in magazines use to be, then sharing details would not matter and you can list for so many weeks. Much better....

You could always create an eBay ID as your phone number, seen that done before, as well as mail address like meatnamedotcodotuk.

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Re: More bloody stupid ebay rules

Postby badpenny » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:17 pm

I still see listings that say .................
Phone me for me more details on 01010292383746.

Perhaps that's something they've yet to address?

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Re: More bloody stupid ebay rules

Postby wembleylion » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:01 pm

What is the position regarding you viewing an item before bidding, is that still possible?

John
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Re: More bloody stupid ebay rules

Postby widget2k4 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:14 pm

I guess not as there is no way of getting their details.


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