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    Default Ebay error: my listing contains "unpleasant information" WTFWTFWTF

    I listed a few things earlier, and when on the confirmation screen, I saw the red error box at the top, with this absurd message:



    Seriously, wtf is that about? I say in my Rules & Regulations section at the bottom (which I know no one reads) that if you don't pay after 8 calendar days, I'll file an unpaid item dispute and add you to my blocked bidder list. Wow, that sure is crazy and unprofessional.

    What bidder is going to be offended by that and not buy my item? That's like going to a department store and saying "Hey, I can only return this toaster within 30 days? NO EFFING WAY. That unpleasantness offends me and I am taking my business elsewhere."

    Also, I'm not a Top Seller, so threats against my Top Sellerness probably won't work. I was still able to list my items, so they can't be TOO serious about this. That said, I'm sure all of my stuff will be pulled out of the blue in 3 months when I've forgotten about this.

    Are they really cracking down on all 10 million sellers that say some variation of this? They allow the sale of countless bootleg items per second and do essentially nothing to stop obvious other scams, but this is what they're targeting now? Unbelievable.
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    Wow. More and more bullshit from eGay. They've really fucked shit up for the sellers.

    edit: Personally, I don't see anything wrong with stating that in the description. Yes, "every user is supposed" to read the rules and regulations when they agree to sign up with ebay, but you know that most people just click through all that shit.

    I've stated that payment needs to be made within a certain date in my descrips before and low and behold those folks made a quick payment.

    I haven't wrote that in a while, but it looks like you can't do it anymore anyway :/
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    Looks like it's only in the frame of a suggestion... Since you can list with said 'unpleasantness'. If you really don't like it, sell you things somewhere else, where you like the policies and their suggestions. I can understand why they suggest these things... Every user is supposed to read up on and agree to policy within eBay and follow TOS as a contract. Dispute arbitration covers all such things, no real need to reiterate it in every one of your auction/sale listings. Saying that you require payment within a time frame is one thing, saying that you'll file a dispute if policy (yours or eBays) is breached is fairly obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus Moonsight View Post
    Looks like it's only in the frame of a suggestion... Since you can list with said 'unpleasantness'.
    The word "can't" is right there at the beginning of the thing.

    Good grief - is this real? It's almost like a brilliant spoof of eBay or something. Can't believe they would write something so dumb.

    If you're at the point where you feel the need to try to run people through a crash eBay course, maybe you'd be better off not selling there, if it's that bad for you.

    On the other hand, you probably could get away with "please make sure you're familiar with this general eBay information in these links before bidding..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Oscuro View Post
    Good grief - is this real? It's almost like a brilliant spoof of eBay or something. Can't believe they would write something so dumb.
    I assure you it's real.

    I slightly altered my Rules & Regulations page to not use keywords and phrases like "non-paying bidder dispute" and that made the red box message go away for today's listings. My Rules page still says the same thing, it's just 5% more vague.
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    They probably just want you to require instant payment on BIN listings. It encourages more transactions that might otherwise go unpaid. If the item doesn't sell, they still have your listing fee, so it's good for them either way.

    I'm beginning to wonder about the future of eBay if they keep up with this "OMG WE LUV BUYERS" attitude while giving sellers all this crap. Can't have one without the other...

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    I used to have something of the sort in my auctions, which I only recently took out. It doesn't make sense why they would do this. Well it does, since they like to bend the sellers over now for every little thing even though we are the ones paying the fees. I guess this is just the latest step in the "No negative or neutral feedback for buyers".

    I've had my listings pulled for royally stupid shit, including some things that were eBays fault (which they later admitted to). What I've found is my saving grace is TurboLister. Even if I don't list with TL, I use the import feature for all online listings. So if they are pulled, I can fudge a few things around, relist and I don't have the headaches over it I used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NayusDante View Post
    They probably just want you to require instant payment on BIN listings. It encourages more transactions that might otherwise go unpaid. If the item doesn't sell, they still have your listing fee, so it's good for them either way.

    I'm beginning to wonder about the future of eBay if they keep up with this "OMG WE LUV BUYERS" attitude while giving sellers all this crap. Can't have one without the other...
    Yeah, probably. See the giant buyer protection banner ads in my eBay now that are basically encouraging buyers to scam thinking they are completely covered no matter what.

    Personally I have no rules and regulations because I haven't bothered to write any. You buy my shit, you pay, I ship it to you within my 5 day handling time. If you don't pay I file a NPB as soon as the 4 day window is over.

    This seems to work for everyone, I've never had a listing pulled and have 450+ feedback that is all from this year with only one neg and one neutral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NayusDante View Post
    They probably just want you to require instant payment on BIN listings. It encourages more transactions that might otherwise go unpaid.
    This might be true, but I am not going back to requiring instant payment. I noticed my sales took a HUGE hit when I tried it out a short while back. People like buying stuff and taking their time paying, which I don't have a problem with as long as they eventually pay.

    Quote Originally Posted by darkslime View Post
    See the giant buyer protection banner ads in my eBay now that are basically encouraging buyers to scam thinking they are completely covered no matter what.
    I instantly added that banner to my ad-block program. What a joke.

    Personally I have no rules and regulations because I haven't bothered to write any. You buy my shit, you pay, I ship it to you within my 5 day handling time. If you don't pay I file a NPB as soon as the 4 day window is over.

    This seems to work for everyone, I've never had a listing pulled and have 450+ feedback that is all from this year with only one neg and one neutral.
    So far so good for you, but I found it's nice to have a short Rules section to point to in case there's a dispute. It's saved me a few times. For example, I don't allow buyers to mail me pre-paid FedEx or UPS envelopes in lieu of paying my shipping/handling charge. Two buyers in the last two years have tried doing that and my Rules page protected me. I also mention that I don't allow local pick-up, but I may hand-deliver the item if the buyer lives close. I live in a reasonably large city, so this happens more than you would think.
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