Sunday, May 25, 2008

eBay New Links Policy

Copy of eBay's new links policy to become effective July 1,2008.

We would include a link for your convenience, but that would give eBay some free advertising, and they are not making any money from the thousands who read this blog. Sorry eBay, but our links policy strictly prohibits linking to an eBay site.

eBay allows sellers to place only certain types of links within an item description. A link is any mechanism used to take a member off of the eBay site, whether static or clickable. This applies to any format used for a link that includes but is not limited to, text, images, logos or icons.

Permitted links include:
One link to a page that further describes the item being sold in that listing, your email address that opens an email client for potential buyers to ask questions about the item in that listing, photos of the item for sale, eBay Store or listings, your store newsletter and mailing list names are permitted, provided that your inclusion of the mailing list names does not constitute keyword spamming or violate any other eBay policy, “Add to My Favorite Sellers and Stores” page, About Me page (in addition to the About Me icon already provided by eBay), eBay Wiki article, eBay Blog page, eBay My World page, providing credits to third parties.

One link to your listing terms and conditions (providing that the most relevant information is within the listing itself and that this page does not include any links off of the eBay Web site)

Embedded video in a listing provided it complies with the following requirements:

The video must conform to all eBay policies, including but not limited to:

The seller must be the owner of the underlying rights, including intellectual property rights, or authorized to distribute it by the owners of such rights.

The video may not solicit unsafe payment methods such as Western Union.

The video may not include software that harms or interferes with the viewer’s machine (for example, a virus or spyware), uses it for malicious or unauthorized purposes, or violates the buyer’s privacy.

The video must deliver the content in flash animation format and be hosted by a site that takes strong measures to provide safe content. In an attempt to safeguard eBay members, based on current technologies and current eBay marketplace requirements, sellers may only embed video from:

AOL, AuctionMercial, AuctionPlayer, AuctionVideo, CarTHINK, CreativeVideosOnline, Dailymotion, Google, i2iAuction, Microsoft,

MySpace, Silverdock, Vzaar, and YouTube

Non-permitted links include, but are not limited to:
Links to websites or pages that offer to trade, sell or purchase goods or services outside of eBay. This applies whether it is a static URL or an active link.

Links to sites that solicit eBay User IDs, passwords or email addresses from buyers, encourage buyers to place their eBay bids through a site other than eBay, other connections to live chat systems, videos hosted on other Web sites, subscriptions to newsletters or mailing lists hosted outside of eBay.

Note: For more information about logos, and links to Web sites, click the “Show” link next to the Additional Information section below.

Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:

Listing cancellation, limits on account privileges, account suspension, forfeiture of eBay fees on cancelled listings, and loss of PowerSeller status.

Now as a seller on eBay remember these policies when conducting your business. As eBay does not want you to make any money by advertising via their site, then you do not display or include any eBay advertising on any of your products, invoices, newsletters or packages. Absolutely no eBay wording on your packages. This is free advertising for eBay from the packages you are sending. You don't include the local newspapers name on an item or package you sell in the classified section do you?

We neither sell or buy on eBay so if eBay doesn't like this, they can go stuff it. After reading the members policies to buy or sell on eBay, once Earth becomes a frozen snowball might we consider selling or buying there.

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