Links Policy: eBay's own goal

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With all the brouhaha regarding off site links both in the UK and the US you might expect eBay to be a pretty safe place to trade. Buyers shouldn’t be directed to sellers own websites but that’s not the case when it’s eBay themselves.

A new seller profile on Jack Sheng (who has two eBay accounts with 1 million feedback and another about to reach the million mark) links directly to his websites.

Why not link to his eBay shops? Why link directly to his websites eforcity, everydaysource and accstation?

Buyers going to marvel at his 1 million feedback are simply getting redirected to off eBay websites. The eBay ID’s are eforcity, everydaysource and accstation. Mind you I don’t suppose Jack is complaining about a few extra sales with no eBay fees to pay!

Come on eBay, get your house in order and change the links Jack’s eBay stores.

8 Responses

  1. Ha. Dan and I chuckled over this yesterday when we read the original article. A lovely case of driving off eBay sales. He must be loving the customer acquisition costs there!

  2. Don’t see the point of this posting – who cares whether someone violates ebay policies and links to their own website? Marvel at his 1m feedbacks??? eBay fetish?

  3. When you’ve sold over 3 million things on eBay I think you’ve paid whatever debt you ever owed them. They don’t even get the title of diamond powerseller.

  4. Chris,

    I was quite surprised to see this myself yesterday. I had to laugh, with all their link restrictions, they allow a link out the one time I thought the eBay links would have been so much more relevant.

    Thanks,Cliff

  5. I agree, poor taste to call out a seller publicly regardless of whether they are violating policies.

  6. #2,6 eBay wrote the article and put the links in to his website, the seller didn’t.

    Noticed they have changed the links to his eBay shops now.

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