I had an ebay auction for a bike running with great momentum. 5 bids, 350+ hits, 63 watchers, 6 more days to go...
Tonight I get a message saying that ebay had taken down my auction because I used the words "Like New" in my posting. I was shocked by this.
You recently listed the following auction-style listing:
230251050323 - 2006 Cannondale Synapse Road Bike 58 cm 105 LIKE NEW
The listing was removed because it violated the eBay Keyword Spamming policy. The violation occurred when you included the following information in your listing:
We notified members who placed bids on the item that the listing has been canceled.
Keyword spamming is the practice of placing inappropriate words in searchable text to draw attention to Web content. To ensure that members' searches produce relevant results, sellers are not permitted to put brand names or other inappropriate keywords in a listing title or description for the purpose of attracting members to a listing. Sellers can only include a brand name under certain limited conditions.
Sellers can use brand names or keywords only if they relate directly to the item that is being offered in the listing. eBay doesn't permit sellers to use unrelated keywords because they may confuse and mislead buyers.
Who knew? It would not have been as upsetting if I didn't have nice momentum. Has this happened to anyone else?
I grow weary of the online auction monopoly.
End of rant.