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New Ebay Selling Limits May Change Ebay Forever

Updated on September 6, 2011

October 2010, eBay has changed it's policy once again, this time it seems quite serious! The Internet is alive with reports on blogs and forums about these new eBay selling limits. It is not yet clear what effect this will have and exactly which sellers this will affect. If you read the eBay website it seems to suggest that these new selling limits should only affect sellers with new accounts with a selling history of less than 90 days. If you read the forums and blogs you will see stories from sellers who have been selling on eBay for the past 5-10 years and have thousands of positive feedback that are saying now eBay has put limits on the amount of items they can sell in a 30 day period. For people who make a living selling items on eBay, this policy has the potential to be devastating. With this new policy it will make it extremely difficult for new sellers to start a profitable eBay business. New sellers will be limited to 10 sales per 30 day period, until they establish a good selling history. It will take an awful long time to establish a selling history when you can only sell 10 items per month. This will certainly discourage many people from marketing their products on eBay, as it might take months or even years to establish enough selling history to make a decent living.

New sellers are now limited to 10 items sold per 30 day period. The total amount of combined items sold and items listed can not exceed 10 items. Other sellers can expect a limit of 100 items sold per 30 day period. It is not clear exactly which sellers will be affected by these limits, but so far there are many reports from sellers in Southeast Asia that their accounts have been subjected to these limits. There are also reports from sellers in Europe and USA who have also been affected by this. Apparently these limits will increase once the seller has established a better selling history, however it may be impossible for sellers to achieve the ratings that eBay demands. Sellers from Asia have a severe disadvantage due to the detailed seller ratings. Sellers are given ratings for communication, item as described, shipping time and shipping charges. The problem is, when buyers buy items from overseas, they will never leave a good rating for shipping time and shipping charges because it will cost more and take longer than it would if they bought items from American sellers. It is actually possible to have your eBay account restricted or even suspended for poor customer satisfaction, even when you have 100% positive feedback.


These new policies could spell then end for a lot of sellers, especially Asian sellers. The sellers most likely to be affected are the sellers who sell lower cost items, replica items and counterfeit items.If these sellers are forced off eBay, you can expect the prices of many popular items to increase dramatically. The days of the amazing deals on eBay might have come to an end. It will no longer be possible for sellers to sell these low cost items in large enough quantity to make it worthwhile. The restrictions on the numbers of items sellers can sell, directly affect the amount of revenue eBay gets from final value fees. I am guessing that eBay stock price will drop and the prices of eBay items will increase to the point where there is no value shopping on eBay.

Well it is not clear what they hope to achieve with this new policy, many people think they are shooting themselves in the foot. This might get rid of most of the scammers on eBay, unfortunately for every scammer that is removed, there will probably be 5-10 legit sellers that are also forced out. They clearly must realize that this is going to cost them money in the short term, and it will also present new opportunity for their competition. The have never really had any competition, but this might just open the door for a real competitor. There is a huge demand for low cost replica and counterfeit items, and if people can no longer find these items on eBay, they will look elsewhere. There are plenty of websites selling these items, but the problem is that buyers have been more comfortable purchasing these items on eBay, well if these items are no longer affordable on eBay,they will look elsewhere. This might just be an opportunity for sellers to market their product on their own websites.

Read about this policy at the eBay policy page - click here


Note the eBay expects sellers to have a rating of 4.5 stars or face suspension or selling limits

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      Naveen Kumar 2 years ago

      In India Ebay was leading the eCommerce site compare to all other sites.

      Due to its sucking policies and torture to seller and customer they are in 4th position in India now

      Flipkart - leading India great support to seller and buyer

      Amazon - leading second position support to seller and buyer no limitations.

      snapdeal - IS slowly crossing ebay in terms of total sales in India.

      Ebay - stands 4th after the first position in India

      Very soon shopclues, paytm will cross them.

      Rules to be imposed to grow the company not to sales down the company.

      Grow up Ebay directors grow up.


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      rizz 2 years ago

      eBay For Dummies-For Dummies (2014).pdf - 28.4 MB

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      Auction Essistance 2 years ago

      Small time sellers have it very difficult lately with rampant eBay suspensions and limitations & selling limits being reduced next to nothing. It is why it could be eBay & Paypal are asking for verification at almost every step of the way.

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      SHAR NOR 5 years ago from Miami, FL

      Thank you for sharing. Looks like its high time i refer Joy to ebid as am concerned after reading the two posts here.

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      jimbolito 5 years ago

      I just registered with !!!!!

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      dodzi 5 years ago

      Who is managing Ebay? How do you stop a company that has the potential to bring you a monthly revenue of over $1000 in seller fees, plus make Paypal money? Is the seller restriction intended to cost economical hardship to those businesses that depending on ebay as a job? What about the stockholders? Ebay placed limit on my business seller account and now stopped me from selling. But just this month alone Ebay charge us a seller fee close to $1000.00. Now we can not sell so next month they earn $0.00 from us and we also earn $0.00 from sales. Is there any companies out there to take on, and compete with ebay? is a great competition, However they only provide a market place for cars, boats, rvs, and motorcycles. We need more competition. I like, but these site only provide classifieds, you can not check out. Do anybody know where we can sell our stuff?

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      Author 5 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Sooner or later you will learn that it is impossible to play by eBay's rules, why, because they are constantly changing, and they refuse to even tell you what the rules are! If you ask eBay a straight forward question, like "what are the rules", they will say "we will let you know when you break them". Often sellers will be suspended for apparently breaking the rules, but eBay will refuse to tell them what rule it was that was broken? The only way to exist on eBay these days is as a ghost, with several accounts using false information and aliases.. this is what eBay created .. and does anybody think that is safe? I don't think so!

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      wannasell 5 years ago

      Thanks for this article,

      I have a legit business with real address and shops.

      I've experienced a difficulty to trying to convince eBay that I'm a business owner who just trying to sale something on eBay.

      I've send them proof of my address, But heck, they just bring me back and forward trying to explain something they've explained before.

      So, I don't know. Maybe eBay is just just a-Bye Bye..

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      Author 5 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Well Said Richie,

      I have written articles on the very same subject. People are always looking for an alternative to eBay.. and it is my opinion that the only real alternative is to market your product on your own website.

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      Richie 5 years ago

      Well, in the midst of the great tradgey that is ebay all I can say to you guys n gals is GET OUT NOW, stop wasting your valuble time with these clowns.

      Go set up your own websites, It really aint too difficult and It really feels good once your set up. Google will rapidly find you If your content is good. Remember.... CONTENT IS KING!

      I used roman cart checkout..... wickedly quick n easy to set up.

      Remember this..... On ebay you don't work for yourself, YOU WORK FOR EBAY.

      God bless you all

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      lee 5 years ago

      ebay have priced themselves out of the market, its terrible the charges they incur, you have to up the price on an item to try to cover the costs of charges, then because of that you cannot sell it. people have got to move to another, or ebay have to drop there charges.

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      Fizzylady 5 years ago

      I too have 100% feedback.

      eBay have stopped me selling because 5 people have left low DSRs in one year. I am beyond furious. I've had my account for 10+ years, have 4 children to support and now I'm stuck with stacks of stock.

      eBay won't reply to emails and talk rubbish on the phone.

      I have just paid them £220 in fees.

      What they are doing should be illegal and in this economic climate it is downright despicable.

      What can we do? I think I'll write to the Nationals and TV. I'm recovering from an operation and the fact that my business is ruined is making me ill.

      Thanks for your loyalty STINK!!!

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      Billy Haynes 5 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Melissa, just read your post and wanted to wish you luck with Etsy. I have a few things I have crocheted on there myself (message me if you want the link). I'm still learning about it myself, but if you have any questions feel free to send me a message and I will try to help you out. :)

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      Melissa 5 years ago

      My last post was meant to say *all 104 of my listings. Not just 4, hah.

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      Melissa 5 years ago

      I've been selling on eBay since 2005. Until this morning. eBay has put one of those 'indefinite restrictions' on my account, and closed all 04 of my listings. My eBay selling is (was) my only source of income. It's because I had too many low DSR in the Dispatch Time. 4.7 out of 5. wow. Really worth kicking off an ex-Top Rated Seller.

      So, now I'm migrating to Etsy. It's got nowhere hear as many follower as eBay, but much to my amusement, I have noticed eBay are starting to advertise on TV again... not seen an eBay advert for a good 5 years, until just last week. so they must be suffering somewhere to need to advertise on TV again. Makes me feel sliiightly better, that eBay who naffed up my business are struggling slightly, ha. I wish more online selling/buying websites would advertise, and just kick eBay in the daft ignorant face.

      ^ angry angry ex-Seller.

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      Billy Haynes 5 years ago from Paragould, AR

      I just learned about this as there was an article on the front page of Yahoo. Now and then I would sell on eBay, but in the last year or so I have only listed a few times mainly due to the constant change in policy and fees. I used to sell video games on there (so did my friend) and the profit was decent. Then after an "update" the closing fees for video games came out to 20%!!! At that time I had a PlayStation 2 on there for $100, soon as I seen the fees I took it down because if it had sold eBay would have gotten $20, plus the Paypal fees (which they own). That's not a "fee for service", that's more of a partnership I didn't agree too.

      Now telling me I cannot sell over 10 or so items a month, how am I supposed to profit? That makes as much since as my county introducing the "4 yard sales per year" law a couple years ago... It's about time I do some research and learn about other online auctions. As it stands, any other online auctions does not get nearly the amount of traffic eBay does and they know that, however if eBay continues to up their fees on popular selling items and changing their fees like this, more people will find other places to list their items. That will result in less items, less revenue from fees and in turn less traffic because people will be going to the other sites. Bad business move, it's Netflix all over again!

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      BPM 6 years ago

      Absurd and ridculous selling limits - my DSRs average 4.8 something, and I'm restricted to a set value and number of items each month. My account is reviewed on the 20th (the review Ebay tell you about), but also on the 6th (when new policy changes come in, in their usual torrent - any new changes are applied then; if they introduce a new performance standard, thats the day it hits you). A word of warning, if you dont have your maximum number and value of items used up on both the account review dates, you lose'em. Ebay upped my selling limit from 12k & 218 items per month to 16k and 288 items per month, (and sent me a lovely email telling me how well I was doing) then dropped both limits 2 weeks later. According to Customer Services, it was because I had passed some deadline or other - or it could have been total BS from an Ebay advisor. You cant trust what they say. I have no idea what or how much I'll be allowed to sell next month, so how do I plan a business? Been on Ebay 12 years, 3000 FB, 100%+. I sell high value items, and pay Feebay & PaymorePal perhaps £10000 a year (or did, until the limits forced a decrease - what sane business chucks away a customer paying them 10k a year in fees?). They're absolutely freakin' insane.

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      Online seller 6 years ago

      @Kathyesp Do you understand why you can't do that? It's because you are using Pandora's brand as boost to sell your items, Pandora has every right to complain and have your items removed from being advertised under their branding.

      Just like you can't sell a coach bag and say in the listing "This is a replica" or "This isn't an actual coach bag" Or in a jewelry category you can't say list under "Pandora" and say in the listing "This is not actually a Pandora item"

      If Pandora complained to eBay, they have to remove it because they could be liable to a law suite. It's like infringing on ones copyright.

      You're actually lucky you got away with it as long as you did.

      I do not agree with most of eBay's policies, but this one is on point. If you built a brand and it became popular, you would not want anyone else selling their items under your category because what makes the sale is all the hard work you did to create a demand for that brand. Even a seller saying "This isn't actually this brand" you would have a problem with it, because not for your BRANDING, the buyer would have never found your listing based on keywords anyway, that is why you used the category "Pandora" in the first place. You know that the term is commonly searched for this type of merchandise.

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      Online seller 6 years ago

      @Screwebay LOL Ebid? Seriously? Ebid freaking sucks, the items I listed on that site sat forever, and when the occassional item did sell, it was sold nearly a year earlier on eBay or Amazon because I forgot about ebid since there is literally no activity.

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      Author 6 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok


      Ebay changes their policy as often as the Kardashians change their boyfriends, and they don't apply the same limits to all sellers. Some sellers are not subjected to any limits, some are given a limit of as low as 5 items per 30 days (this is relatively new). The only way to get around it is to use multiple accounts.

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      mushpurple 6 years ago

      The strange thing is that I have not received limits except in the clothing multiple listing and electronic/video game area. It says that after 90 days of selling and 25 positive feedbacks as a seller that there should be a lift on the restriction. I listed over 25 items for it so don't think this article is exactly accurate. Once I have received some positive feedback I seem to be doing better and selling more items.

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      ebay rep 6 years ago

      I am an ebay rep , i sell on ebay too , all other sellers who sell the same items as me , i suspend , and so i make 100 times more money.If you sell on ebay and want 100 times more sales, then apply to become a rep , then when you like you can ban rival sellers for almost anything , end their listings , do what you like.

      ebay pay me $14000 a year when i work for them.

      my ebay account made me $1.2 million last year.

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      Ian 6 years ago

      As so many others have said I really dont understand this. I today was "notified" that I had reached my limit while trying to relist a pair of shoes that didn't sell. Although the help page claims that you should get a message from Ebay about when you are close to reaching your selling limit, I've got nothing and this is the first time Ive heard anything about having a limit on my account. Ive been on Ebay for over 7 years and have had 100% positive feedback the whole time.

      Why the limit now? I maybe understand limiting new accounts but why slap limits on long standing positive ones?

      Ive had enough of Ebay triple dipping in charges (insertion fees, super high final value fees, and now fees on shipping charges) but this is the last straw.

      I'm honestly going to look for alternate places to list stuff as Ebay thinks their place as top dog will be secured forever and they can do whatever they want.

      Ebay is now a total buyer marketplace. They are hurting their sellers but Ebay are forgetting that without sellers they are nothing site. They are just an exposure site, their sellers do all the work. We all know that websites can go from something big to nothing once people jump ship to a better experience that is offered by a competitor and hopefully Ebay becomes the new Myspace.

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      el 6 years ago

      i don't understand why they place these selling limits. I've been selling on eBay for a while now, mostly shoes, and they placed a spending limit on me and now I can't list any 'similar' items for a month. I don't get it, I have a bunch of shoes I still have to sell and it's the only thing I DO sell. I have 100% feedback rating and have never done anything wrong. I don't get it.

      I guess what a person posted before is true, which is that all eBay cares about is buyers and seems to only focus on these big stores that sell things.

      hard out there for mom and pop

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      Kathyesp 6 years ago

      My business just went from $2,000 per month profit to zero, just because eBay will not allow me to put my product under the category where people will see my product. they have taken my years of selling on eBay with a 100% positive feedback to zero income. I was putting my bracelets, made much like Pandora under the Pandora category,but, explained that they were not Pandora. They are 925 Sterling silver with beautiful murano beads and charms. Even though every customer knew they were not purchasing a Pandora and gave me positive feedback. eBay has lost a lot of business because of this and no other place to go but sell my home and everything else that I have. After 13 years of being a top seller.

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      jack 6 years ago

      i selling goods on ebay 7 year, now leave ebay & just make my own business

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      Author 6 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      @ batty,

      So far over 100,000 people have taken the time to read this article, and I think I speak for almost all of them when I say, "please come back and comment again when your paypal account becomes limited, or your DSRs fall below 4.5, and you account is subjected to selling limits" Also it sure would be a shame if you had an encounter with an unreasonable buyer that left you negative feedback, but I suppose it is all fun and games until then.. GL

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      batty 6 years ago

      no problems here. sales going strong, nothing wrong.

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      Alex 6 years ago

      Im new at selling on ebay.

      Just tried selling a $600 desktop computer.

      20+ bids, 40 watchers, 300 views later...

      Some Ebayer wins the bid.

      That Ebayer claims he can't by the computer anymore.

      Now I, a new ebay seller, do not have the capability to sell this computer again for a whole month.

      A thank you shout out to maddcorps101. Never sell to that guy.

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      renegadeoffunk1 6 years ago

      Excellent ! So ebay want to jeopardise the market , well watch out EBAY cause now that will drive more competitors to drive in to there markets and then Ebay will diminish and fade , and they will pay the price .

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      chelsea 6 years ago

      i hate ebay with a passion! i have been selling on there since 2000, and last week it limited me to 5 items a month~! really?!! i have 100% positive fb and they pull this crap!the problem is ebay thinks no one can squash them and i think its time we do! we all need to stick to one auction site instead of people recommending a dozen, and post it on facebook and twitter and lets all move our asses over to it, and before you know it we can make it as big as ebay!i am absolutely pissed about this! every year i make my christmas money on ebay, but will a limit of 5 per month, what am i gonna make? a whole $10 bucks. this is seriously over the limit even for ebay. if everyone pulls together it can be done!!

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      sahadja10 6 years ago

      I had been buying and selling on ebay for over year with a 100% positive feedback. I sell my original art, mostly ACEOs for under $30.I was told by ebay that I had done nothing wrong but they were limiting my listings to 10 a month.I called them about adjusting my sales limits but nothing changed. So I quit buying on ebay. I have bought far more than I sold.I always checked ebay when I was purchasing anything and usually bought from there. But why should I continue to buy where I'm not good enough to sell? There is nothing out there as active as ebay now but maybe if sellers started supporting other sites there would be. Have to have more to buy on these sites in order to attract customers. I know I'm looking to from anywhere but ebay!

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      superdry 6 years ago

      Recently, I cannot relist or revise all my listings on eBay. When I tried to relist or revise my listings, they shown"You've reached the selling limit for the number of items you can list. Account privileges for sellers may be limited until they establish a good track record with us and their buyers. The number of items you can list is limited until you have fulfilled past sold items. This helps us make sure you can deliver the level of customer service you need to succeed on eBay.

      As you establish a good track record with your buyers through fulfillment of current sales, your limits will continue to increase automatically."

      I would like to ask that it is "selling Limits"? Thanks.

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      Limited? 6 years ago

      Create a new account and move forward, never give ebay your personal details, ebay is hurting it's shareholders by doing this and they just don't care. If I was a shareholder I would pull all my ebay stock and sell it. They don't care about shareholders because each year they are moving all it's profits to ofshore accounts, and when shareholders want dividends they are not getting it. As soon google get's their head out of their ass and opens up a seller auction site, ebay will be no more.

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      Screwebay 6 years ago

      Guys to make it easier for every one, f**k ebay just go to an, they are the best. You will get more sales then ebay and pay less final value and insertion fee.

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      unhappywithebay 6 years ago

      This really isn't a mystery though. Donahoe no longer wants Mom and Pop to make a living on eBay. The idea now is to shift the business over to retailers. By doing this, he's cutting down their competition. This is obvious. Seriously. NO mystery at all.

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      Doc 6 years ago

      I have been with eBay since the very first with over 2000 Positive and only one negative years ago from a thief who stole a coin that I "sold" him. I am very disappointed in eBay and the $10 Million Dollar paid CEO, John Donahoe. His tactics have ruined me and others and I wish him exactly back what he wishes for us. When you call to straighten out tour account they people on the phone out and out lie to you. I have even been told to fax my Drivers' License and passport photo in, which I did, and was told that in five days my account would go back to unlimited. Do not be surprised if we find that they are working hand in hand with the government in order to rake in taxes. JOHN DONAHOE IS AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!!!!!!

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      DRidge 6 years ago

      What we need to do is get together and find the competitor site that can handle traffic and is reasonable, etc. and spread the word through Hubs, Squidoo, and personal blogs, twitter, facebook, etc. I have been ripped off and had my auctions shut down because they thought someone I might know or had our last name or something had a problem with an account. They wouldn't give me details and they repeatedly shut down auctions just as they were about to close. They are scum in my book. I just wish Amazon would start an auction site. That'd work.

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      Bunny Tee 6 years ago

      James I feel you pain, I been selling on eBay for over 5 years and eBay, paypal limited my account so I left eBay and now I have my own web site not as many sales but I have peace of mind.

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      James 6 years ago

      I have been selling on Ebay for about 4 months now. Two days ago I get a selling limit of 18 items per month or 500.00, whichever comes first. I sell vintage and antique items. Small items easy to ship. I currently have a 5 star rating, 100% positive fb (although several people choose to leave no fb), no cases ever opened on me, policy compliance is high, performance standard. Can someone tell me why I NOW get a limit. I could understand there so called system if they placed a limit on me right from the beginning. My dashboard shows a seller performance alert icon that I am at risk. WHAT do you improve with 5 stars and 100% fb? Several years ago I helped a friend of mine with their Ebay business and it was nothing like this. Ebay has become a huge JOKE. I can't complain that a buyer took 3 weeks to pay for an item but they can hurt my small business because they don't think it should have taken 3 days to reach them. Give me and every other seller a break. Ebay is all about the buyer but are they that stupid to not realize that without the SELLER than won't be a BUYER!!!!!

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      Author 6 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok


      You have only touched on part of the problem. What about the fact that there are no attempts made by eBay to distinguish between valid complaints, and those without any merit? They ask buyers to rate sellers on the cost of shipping? It appears that even if you were giving your items away for free, you would still receive less than 100% positive ratings.

      The 5 star rating system is a joke! They claim that a rating of less than 4.5 stars is a failure, and they impose restrictions on your account. The big companies that sell on eBay simply have eBay remove any feedback that is less than positive. Have you ever tried to leave a negative feedback for a huge eBay seller? It doesn't work, it gets removed immediately!

      When it comes to customer support, it is nearly impossible to get any help from eBay. If you were to poll eBay sellers on how they rate eBay .. they would receive a very low rating!

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      John 6 years ago

      Here's the problem I have with eBay. When you ask them to do something they say "Oh call this other department" which you have to get yourself from the support site. Then they expect me to improve my seller ratings by not selling anything...right. Even when I show improvement, these standards are impossible to meet!

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      New Seller 6 years ago

      I am a eBay seller and as i think these people like me do not know how to use eBay. Please contact ebay live chat and also contact on phone they are very good people and its their benefit that you sell more ....

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      Raymond  6 years ago

      This will force the people to start using,bidding on the actual FREE AUCTION site because there out there. If people would start using them like EBID & a few other it will put EBAY right where they need to be, OUT OF BUSINESS!

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      NoEbayDay 6 years ago

      We can lunch a NoEbayDay our un-happiness with ebay. With good PR over the net we can achive a day were noone will post new items and buyers will seize buying for a single day. I know not everyone will do this but even if we manage to get 10% of all sellers/buyers to refrain form activity for a sigle day, that will make a PR impcat as well as financial impact on ebay. What do you say?

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      Ricky_Porkchop 6 years ago

      Apparently Ebay will limit your sales if your performance level is low.... they can also have NEW rules to hold your Money until there is proof of delivery. Like when another Ebay Store has a reputation of buying items from other Ebay Sellers (competitors) and then bombs their DSR's and Feedback UNLESS you submit to their blackmail.......Like happened to me and many other sellers and one particular Ebay Store who buys under another name.

      As usual Ebay made no attempt to deal with the matter and told everyone of us to pound sand...despite having brazen evidence of this individuals misdeeds.

      God willing, someday someone will perform JiHad on Ebay and Ebay HQ look like the Marine Barracks in Lebanon and their Customer Support Staff on CNN running around bleeding and on fire.

      If and when that day arrives, I hope I have a 30 pak, a Chair in the ready position and to watch and laugh at the carnage on CNN.

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      Duane Thamm Jr. 6 years ago

      Thanks for all the info. With nearly 5,000 feedback points, E-bay recently made me feel like an unfit seller adding restrictions on my selling.

      Thanks to you guys, I now know that E-bay is the company who gets FAILING DSR rates...I can't even hear the word dashboard anymore without getting angry.

      I am going to set up an account with E-BID.

      I wish E-BID would take out a massive TV advertising campaign and slam E-bay...kinda like U-verse (spelling?)is getting slammed in the laundry basket...that's all it would take is good advertising from a new auction site.

      Even if E-bay changed their policies back to the way they were, I could never trust them again. They are kinda like a family member that molested the child.


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      AOkay12 6 years ago from Florida

      eBay should find a better way to weed out the sellers that list counterfeit items. It's not fair to the legitimate sellers. I agree that it is going to be harder to make money or even get off the ground as a new seller on eBay. I have not sold on eBay in the past six months, only because their fees are a real killer. Now this!

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      Joe 6 years ago

      Whoever thought of the selling limit policy on 4.6 rule is an arrogant nobb. Good job most of the things I sell are popular items, ie console games. I got imposed on selling limits to 2 a month. So screw you, eBay. I can sell it on and Amazon.

      I regularly buy and sell console games on eBay. I notice there are significant less items list on the console games in this couple months than used to be. Meanwhile, there are more on Amazon and For instance, look at PES 2011, Madden 2011.

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      eurostarjewelry 6 years ago from Bangkok

      I have had terrible experience with ebay they impose selling and listing limits almost impossible to sell and make money any more , so that Started selling on , Now Iam able to list as much I want, and sell as much I want, Now I can run my business smoothly now

      not worried about ebay limits and suspension.

      I like Thanks

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      winmill 6 years ago

      So ebay gave me the boot and I have gone stealth, it seems there are a few loop holes in the 10 items a month rule, I managed to list around 70 items playing around with different quantities and categories, and have now sold 37 items in a few weeks, toting £600 i'm now restricted again, but it seems limitations vary in the first 24hrs of opening an account..

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      EBID 6 years ago

      I have come to hate eBAY so much!

      For those looking for better sites go to


      They are number 2, you get to open 5 stores if you are a platinum member and they have a promotion for 45gbp for a lifetime platinum membership. Let's redirect all the traffic there!

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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Matt, this has alreadyy had a devestating affect on my business. As you can see from the comments from others, many people are quiting eBay. Buyers will also suffer because there will be less competition. Prices will go up as availability is reduced.

      eBay ..R.I.P.

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      Matthew Ogborne 7 years ago

      Interesting article, it will be very interesting to see how this pans out in the next few months.


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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok


      There are very few alternatives to eBay. Perhaps the best alternative is to market your products on your own website.

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      Stuart 7 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      10 items sold per 30 day period, Say goodbye to ebay powerseller status. This makes me not want to participate on ebay, until they change this.

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      Eve Foss 7 years ago from Florida

      Is there a better alternative?

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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok


      Ebay is a headache, not worth the trouble for most people.

      Those who know how to play the game can make a few bucks, but it certainly isn't easy money

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      Etienne 7 years ago

      Thanks for this informative article. I was contemplating to use eBay, but now that I know about their unfair seller policies, I'll just skip eBay.

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      killerdave 7 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I've personally never used ebay, but I was seriously going to look into it. Thanks for saving me the time and headache!

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      Jennifer 7 years ago

      These eBay selling limits have ruined my home based business. I hate eBay and I hope they lose all their customers to Amazon. I am no longer selling on eBay, I am marketing my products at other websites and using Amazon. Ebay sellers should just leave eBay.

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      yoyo 7 years ago

      I Wish ebay will close down soon instead of make people suffer. i will curze the CEO day and night

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      rabo 7 years ago

      Very informative blog. I just started selling on ebay a month ago and the new restrictions are not workable. I'm a long time numismatist/coin expert and thought I would sell my collections on ebay. For coins, 10 coins per month is simply, well, childish for lack of a better word. I can just imagine people selling 10 tee shirts a month.

      I'm glad to read here that after 3 months at 10 per month, it doesn't get much better at 25/month and it would take me at least a year to get started. Knowing that I will just skip ebay for any real business.

      The sad thing is ebay (for coins) is already saturated with forgeries, scammers, and even factory wholesale distribution of fake items, and these people will be able to continue unabated.

      It's hard to known just why ebay is making such changes, on top of further declines in customer support, etc. but from experience, it does not smell of improvements, rather a system grown to big to control and a confused management firing shotguns in the dark. I hope this will help break their monopoly, nothing ever improves a company better than competition!!

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      biosynth 7 years ago from orlando florida

      i joined ebay a few weeks ago to get rid of some old stuff...

      terrible i have tons of stuff i need to get rid of and the limit was 10 items a month. i spent hours looking on how i could get it raised and talked to customer service.

      it wont go higher than 25 a month unless i get 100 positive feedback and a year on ebay

      ive already switched to amazon

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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      mnl ..

      USA sellers only selling to USA, British (and yes you capitalize the names of other countries as well!) sellers only selling in Brittian?


      Customers shop on eBay for items that are not available locally, or for items that are cheaper from overseas. That is the whole point!

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      mnl 7 years ago

      maybe this new policy benefits local sellers?

      meaning that they want only americans sell in the US and only british sells in ebay uk?

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      PDXBuys 7 years ago from Oregon

      I have sold on eBay for about seven years. I've watched eBay go through quite a few changes. They can be annoying at times but I have yet to find another auction site I like better. Most of the time I just have to "grin and bear it". They still have some flaws, but I think they do try to listen to customers and continue to make gradual improvements. I would still consider taking my business to a good eBay competitive site - but I haven't found one yet. I use for selling books. They are owned by eBay, but no listing fees!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Can we get Meg Whitman back? She really new how to run a business not this new Dinesh Lathi guy. He doesn't even sound American to me.

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      gp 7 years ago

      I have been selling for 11 years on ebay, selling low cost used/new items. I have over 18000 feedback rating. Now since I have 1% low dsr ratings, my account is restricted. Ebay/paypal loses my $500 to 600/month in fees, and I am stuck with a large inventory I had ready for the holidays.

      Ebay has gotten worse and worse over the years...automated responses and no concern for the sellers that make ebay profitable. If there was a viable competitor the answer would be simple. But ebay is the default monopoly.

      Bottom line ebay sucks, they don't listen to their sellers and the new selling limits are unreasonable. Did I happen to mention that the ebay/paypal monopoly sucks/

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      zenred 7 years ago

      It makes perfect sense to me... You just have to Look Down on the world instead of look up at ebay. Then you will see how all the Mega companies work...

      Big Dogs like ebay and google are so influential on the world - that they have the abilty to control. And any ability to control must be negotiated with Government and the world wide powers that be.

      By forcing out the little people who are sitting at home, making a living, avoiding taxes, not registering as a company.

      They need to join the rat race, become a machine, pay taxes, be milked for everything, be everything except a free entity.

      whilst ebay once started out - something for the little guys. They have now sold out and joined the ruling powerers..

      im sure the reasons ebay are doing this, are very justified behind some big black doors, and the ruling powers of the world.

      control the people...

      give them a little to make them be greatful and think they are free. but just when they have enough, impose new restrictions to knock them off their feet. and make them work harder to get out..

      makes perfect sense when you look down...

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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      I have an account with 50 feedback, all positive 100%.

      When I try to list an item, I get a message that says I am approaching my selling limit, but I can still list 25 items. Then when I try to confirm the listing, I get another message that says I am already over my limit. I emailed eBay about this, and 5 days later I get an auto response that says they are experiencing an unusually high ammount of emails and they can not respond to all of them. No kidding .. sellers are emailing them because they are screwing us all over. And then they can't even respond to emails? If a seller does not reply to emails from a customer, they will get negative feedback, and then they will be suspended. Ebay is evil! Ebay is hypocritical! Ebay is stealing your money!

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      anonymous - update 7 years ago

      Mrs. Furious

      So what a scam is EBAY running!


      i just got off the chat with a rep and he told me in order to get the 100 free listings offered a seller has to have at least 12 ratings per month by buyers (feedback). So if as a new seller you are only allowed to sell 10 things per month (according to their rules) how are you supposed to be able to apply? it is like they are saying "here come and list for free we will help get your business going".....and then say....."oh we forgot to tell you, you just don't apply because you don't have enough feedback, well you just have to do better and then you'll get the promotion" the get you running in circles...very dirty.... i am trying ebid, we'll see how it goes.

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      Simon 7 years ago

      I fully agree, this new policy of ebay is outrageous. It penalises the success of sellers that created their success. I have been selling a year on ebay and have suddenly found my account limited for no reason. 100% positive feedback with over 1100 feedbacks left, DSR is 4.9, 4.9, 4.8 and 4.9!

      eBay, it seems, wishes to drive out the smaller sellers and smaller powersellers and retain only high volume powersellers in order to keep overheads low.

      Many of us have staked a great deal of ebay only for them to have shafted us overnight. Disgraceful.

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      anonymous 7 years ago


      I have 2 new accounts and they both restricted saying I can only sell 10 things per month for 90 days. It is real frustrating, since there is no reason for this, I am proving to be a good seller with fast shipping and very good feedback. No negatives. I sell vintage and used dolls. My mom has an account she's had for almost 5 years and when we tried to open a second one link to that one it got restricted as well. The it got suspended because they said the first one had to be above standards in order to have any other accounts.

      I am trying ebid this is an auction house exactly like e-bay (it works and looks almost identical) but with only fees of 2%

      you pay an initial fee (i payed $54 for life) and 3% of every sold item. There are no listing fees. You post for free and if it doesn't sell you don't pay anything. You can also set up a store for free. i am trying it out since e-bay seems to be turning their backs on us sellers and it also looks like a sinking ship.

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      kate 7 years ago

      bye ebay im out

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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok


      We all feel your pain. Your story is the same as many others who have commented above. Sellers are frustrated with eBay, and many people are considering giving up on them. The sad truth is that eBay knows how we all feel about this, and they simply do not care. They are not interested in keeping sellers satisfied. They only care about keeping buyers satisfied, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that without sellers, there will be no buyers. It seems that eBay is a sinking ship, you might as well jump off as soon as you can!

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      Anna 7 years ago

      I've been selling on ebay for 2 years with 100% positive feedback, and now I can't list items. Their customer support is so ridiculous they wasted so much of my time!! Good idea is to go sell somewhere else or stop selling and do something else. Even if I solve this problem,,who knows what one may expect from ebay in the future?

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      Gary 7 years ago

      I remember back in the early days when I first started getting online I wanted so much to start selling on ebay. I did a little research and learned a little and listed a few items. It was short lived though because I seen how easy it was for fraud to take place. When I realized that I started doing more research and found that fraud, back then, was ramped (not sure how it is today) and that was all it took to kill the mood completely. I have listed a few things since then but that finding really took the wind out of my sails.

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      andygiffy 7 years ago from England

      Thanks for the comments. I know some people who sell on ebay. I will pass this on to them. I feel this will certainly shoot them in the foot in the long run. As you have already stated not fair for anyone who is considering making a go of an ebay business.

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      TravelinAsia 7 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      WebDesignDoc ...

      Good question, and yes it certainly will affect profits!

      I am sure if you read the comments above, you will see that there are a lot of people upset about it!

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      WebDesignDoctor 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Wow, this is shocking, won't this affect Ebay's profits? You would think if they start putting selling limits on their big sellers, that their profits would drop tremendously! Why would they do something so seemingly stupid like that?

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      I saw your hub on the featured page and just had to stop by. Your picture definitely is a very appropriate example of how many sellers and potential sellers are beginning to feel about Ebay.

      For years I've been a buyer and have a perfect rating, however twice I've attempted to become a seller and have been turned down for lame reasons. One of the reasons being that they did not believe that I would not generate enough income from my blogs and hubs to warrant a seller's account.

      Now go figure, if one can only sell 10 items in 30 days, how will anyone be able to generate enough income. Sounds like, Ebay has gotten too big and arrogant; needless to say it's time for a new business venue to step in and create some competition for them. Rating up! :)

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      TravelinAsia 7 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      GT- Imagine if you could only sell 10 items per month?

      I am limited to 10 items per 30 days. It is not worth my time to use eBay anymore.

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      GT 7 years ago

      Why does eBay continue to cut their own throats. I got a notice today that I can sell 200 items per month and up to $2,000 per month. I've bought and sold on eBay for 10 years and have had a 98%+ rating ever since. I had planned on selling some camera equipment in the near future but it appears that I will have to sell my stuff across two months IF I use eBay to do it.

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      authorfriendly 7 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Of course there is always Craig's list, but that is best for local things that you really want to get rid of, and doesn't provide the possibilities of an Ebay.


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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Jim, thank you !

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      Dean L 7 years ago


      I totally agree with you. I just started selling on ebay last month and was immediately hit by the seller limits. How much more annoying can ebay get? If people are selling fake items, well, then that's their problem. Just place a disclaimer on the website saying you are NOT responsible for it. Why are you hurting legitimate and honest sellers like us? Unbelievable!!!

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      aarjart 7 years ago

      I am a 5000 positive feedback seller too, been selling for over 6 years, that has now been unable to list since the new 2% low DSR score came into effect at the beginning of Sept. I pay ebay/Paypal over 500 pounds a month yet i am now struggling badly. Being unable to list new items that should have already sold, but now facing the huge credit card bill to pay for them with none of the income to pay it. I fear i am about to go bankrupt solely because of ebays new DSR ratings.

      The worst thing of all is Negative/neutral feedback is virtually unheard for me 99.6% positive. I have 4.95 for Item description the most important DSR. 4.9 Communication. 4.89 P&P Charges.

      The DSR that is destroying my business is Dispatch time, 4.67. I ship within 24 hours yet i am not the Post Office and can not control this. Its an unfair rating and is likely to now destroy my business and my life.

      How can this be fair?

      How does this make business sense to ebay? they are losing money and good sellers.

      Im outraged.

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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      eBay policy makes no sense?

      what can I say ?

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      Kenny 7 years ago


      We are limited too, even we have 99.2% positive feedback and DSR are 4.9, 4.8, 4.7 and 4.9.

      What can we do with the Shipping time? We neither own the post office nor the DHL! We can't also tell the French guys to stop the strike and resume all the services in France!

      My buyers keep sending me email/message and asking why we've stopped selling some items that they wanted! I have to send PayPal invoice to them directly, not until our online shop is up and running!

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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      I was told today by an eBay representative that because of poor customer satisfaction I can not sell more than 10 items per month. I have 100% positive feedback, lowest DSR is 4.6, eBay tells buyers to leave a rating of 4.0 if they are satisfied? On eBay, if your customers are just satisfied, that is not good enough, they have to be VERY satisfied.

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      Alan 7 years ago

      I now sell on ebid and having good sales as ebid like ebay are also linked to google search.

      I still have 100% rating on both ebay and ebid and my ebay rating has been imported to ebid.

      I will never sell on ebay again as their seller dashboard is so draconian and utterly unfair to sellers.

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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Yeah, Maybe it will hurt in the short term ... not just the long run!

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      1337guy 7 years ago from Ohio USA

      Ouch..............this will hurt in the long run.

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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok


      This seems to be exactly what I have suggested will be the outcome of these policies. Prices will go up, and then buyers will eventually realize that they are no longer getting great value, therefore eBay will lose popularity.

      I wonder how long it will take them to realize this?

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      Kenny 7 years ago


      This is a translation from a HK seller and not fully my opinion!

      As a result of this new policy, we are building our own online shop and leaving eBay too! Profit of 50 listing (sales) per 30 days is not even enough for us to pay the rent of our warehouse! If we keep selling 50 items per 30 days, our current stock is enough for more than 10 years! We have no choice but leave! Lucky enough, most of the items that we are selling is unique and buyers will find us no matter where we are selling.

      Just for your information, we've observed that the price of the product we used to sell in eBay is raised at least 20-50% as a result of this new policy! I guess soon or later, buyers shall prepare to pay twice the price for the same product and ironically, the product is eventually supplied from us!

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Weird, I guess it's a "thrwowin' the baby out with the bathwater" situation. Thanks for the eBay news.



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      Author 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok


      Sorry I will update the hub and include a link to the policy page. However you will need to realize that all of eBay's policy is written in a manner to decieve, and it is both vague and misleading, in some cases untrue. The way this reads on eBay's website is that it only effects sellers who have been selling for less than 90 days. This is simply not the case. Selling limits are effecting sellers across the globe, new sellers as well as experienced sellers. Read more about the DSR policy :

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      JP993 7 years ago from England

      Thanks for posting this, do you have a link to the actual policy issued by ebay. I haven't received any notifications of this.

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      John C. 7 years ago

      I dont understand either... Between ebay and paypal this year I have paid more then 40,000 then there is the postal fees... I am sure I am not a big seller compared to some of these guys... But I am sure that if enough of us leave ebay will feel it in the pocketbook... I am luck I have a strong following and a email list built from every sale... I can lower my prices on my own site, switch to straight creditcards and make the same money or damn close to it... the problem is ebay & paypal worked good together for this type of business... ebay sales recorded in paypal, then open multi ship tool and 30 minutes have 50 to 75 packages ready to ship... twice a day and it saved me an employee... Now to ship the same packages, I have to create a database, then import it into UPS then pay the postage before printing the label... 30 minutes work will now be 2 hours... so there are downsides to all that as well.. but for a long time ebay was a cash cow for sellers steady business day in and day out, no advertising needed.. but all good things come to an end, smart business people will continue to do business...

      my biggest problem with all this, is that ebay is more concerned with the buyer, I lose about 100 sales a month to people that bid and dont pay... I get the final value back but not the listing fee (which forces my prices up to cover lose fees)

      I will survive... But I wouldn't want to start over that is for sure... I will follow this to keep up with others feedback...