eBay made a post to its Announcement Board that has a large number of significant changes to policies. It also said it is rolling out an expanded version of the Seller Dashboard this week, and announced changes to Best Match!
The Town Hall meeting is going to start soon, we'll see if Lorrie Norrington addresses these changes. Highlights:
eBay announced it is lifting two seller restrictions - the Choice Policy and the Multiple Listings Limit Policy (that limited sellers to 15 identical listings at one time). eBay said the changes would create more choice and selection for buyers and make it easier for them to find what they're looking for, and would add flexibility, convenience and cost-savings for sellers.
eBay also said it would replace its Keyword spam policy with a new Search & Browse Manipulation Policy that simplifies the guidelines for sellers, prohibiting any unfair methods of diverting members to their listings.
eBay will also ban Mystery Auctions starting early June, and is updating its Links policy. Previously, eBay users often linked to their own ecommerce website on their About Me page, it looks like that will no longer be tolerated.
As for changes to Best Match: "Some of our adjustments will result in a larger number of sellers with below average performance scores being lowered in Best Match search results. If either of the following conditions apply to you, the visibility of your listings may be reduced: Your 30-day shipping cost DSR is 4.5 and below, and Your buyer satisfaction rate (shown on the dashboard) appears as "needs improvement," "poor" or "unacceptable."
Starting this week, sellers with 4.7 and above on all 4 DSRs over the last 30 days may start to see an additional boost in their search standing in Best Match.