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Ina Steiner EcommerceBytes Blog
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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed July 17 2013 08:33:50

Should eBay Restrict All Sellers of Coupons?

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay is placing restrictions on the sale of manufacturer's coupons - sellers are limited to selling $100 in coupons or 25 coupons a month - and it will begin enforcing the policy on September 1st.

The new policy is likely a reaction to pressure from companies and possibly from the Coupon Information Center (CIC), which has been vigorously fighting coupon fraud and counterfeits.



But should eBay restrict all sellers, or only those sellers who are known to be listing counterfeits and fraudulent coupons?

Here's the letter eBay sent some sellers yesterday.

Dear -,
We're writing to let you know that as of today, updates to eBay's manufacturer's
coupon policy take effect and may impact your listings:

- Sellers can only sell up to a maximum of $100 value in coupons or 25 valid, unexpired, original coupons per month, whichever limit is reached first. (The 25 coupons limit includes multiple coupons purchased from a multi-quantity listing.)

- Coupons for "free" products-including coupons where the coupon holder buys some quantity of items at one price and gets some number of items for free, for example, "buy-get-one-free" offers, or offers for free shipping-may no longer be sold on eBay.

- Starting September 1, 2013, listings for these coupons that don't comply with these policy changes will be removed. After September 1, listings in violation of this policy may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of buying and selling privileges and a suspension of your account.

Please be sure to review all the
terms of the updated policy now and review the terms printed on the coupon carefully before you list it to ensure compliance.

As always, thank you for selling on eBay!
eBay Selling Team


Here's the complete story in today's Newsflash newsletter - let us know what you think. And if you're a seller, will you be moving your business to another marketplace?
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by: blaumann2 This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Jul 17 09:16:16 2013
The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Ebay just seems to want to drive away as many sellers as possible. A friend who is an auctioneer talks to many dealers. he told me all of those who sell on the internet say they use other channels and that ebay now makes them the least money and gets the least amount of their time and energy.
Boy that Donahoe is some leader
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by: Beth This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Jul 17 09:20:43 2013
Those coupon sellers will do what I did when AOL forced us off their boards in 1996.  We just moved. I had built a website and I started using a small startup called Auctionweb... remember them Ina??

Well these sellers will go to Bonanza, eCrater or Blujay or OH HORRORS to FACEBOOK.  Lots of selling going on there already.  Even Pinterest is being commercialized so eBay, as when they banned eBooks, legitimate ones along with BS ones, will lose MORE market-share.  Good Move John Donohoe... keep on taking them thinking days..  
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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous Annie
       
Wed Jul 17 09:31:48 2013
Of course... because people who use coupons (and those who sell them) are ''undesirable'' buyers/sellers.

Those are the people for whom EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS. Those are the people who NEED to use coupons (or who NEED the income generated by selling them) just to make ends meet.

Why would eBay want to accommodate those buyers/sellers? They COMPLETELY RUIN the illusion of the new ''upscale'' eBay.

I have to laugh at the iron of how JD wants eBay to be viewed as upscale. Hell... even the very NAME of the company is based on FLEA MARKET TERMINOLOGY!!

Sellers at a flea-market rent booths to sell their wares... in some locations, those booths are called ''BAYS''. --- And thus, we had ''e'' (for electronic) + ''bay'' (for the flea market booth).

''E-BAY'' = an electronic flea market booth!

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Jul 17 09:34:47 2013
ebay is great at restricing things ... thats JD's new brilliant idea from his day off to think.

Amazon BEGS you to sell on thier site, they provide tools, they provide reports, they invite you to apply for new or previously blocked categories, they even invite you into FBA ... ebay? "nope, sorry - cant do that anymore!"

As Ive said before - eBay isnt about SELLING anymore - hasnt been in ages - its about the orderly transfer of wealth from your wallet to JDs ... and since hes a benevolent kind master he will give you a few crumbs that you can call your own.

The best way to beat the eBay game is not to play at all. Then JD can go to his next board meeting and explain why eBay stock is 10x less then Amazons!

(Im in NYC - coupons are not really accepted in most food stores near me)(unlike on tv where you can get double or tripple the value - so eBays banning it has no direct effect on me)  Its just another example of eBay stupidity!
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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford
       
Wed Jul 17 09:46:18 2013
The lunacy continues......let's chase even more sellers away.

Guess the big corporations don't like their coupons being sold. And you know if a corporation barks JD jumps.
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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric
       
Wed Jul 17 12:18:31 2013
Once again, eBay sets the dog on fire and kills it in order to get rid of fleas.

I get that eBay probably feels the pressure of various companies and organizations over the sale of counterfeit coupons. I feel however that once again, eBay has applied a one size fits all approach when they could have accomplished their goals has they taken a more surgical approach.

Instead of taking action against the small number of fraudulent sellers, eBay chooses to treat all sellers as criminals.

This will amount to another batch of sellers alienated by eBay who will take their selling activity to other web sites. These alienated sellers will also be resentful of eBay for taking away their livelihood, and will stop buying on eBay as well.

eBay keeps shooting themselves in the foot, then having reconstructive surgery to replace the missing toes only so they have more targets for the future.


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This user has validated their user name. by: elpereles
       
Wed Jul 17 12:35:39 2013
Like any company and some lazy governments (Puerto Rico), eBay is making everything in the easy way to avoid spend money. They can't contract some employees to check, policy, and control the coupon problem. They just limit everybody.

I saw some sellers selling coupons. Maybe one or two selling counterfeit, but I never saw eBay dealing with them.  
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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie
       
Wed Jul 17 13:04:07 2013
For some families it is a real struggle to make ends meet.  Coupons allow them a little breathing room and/or the ability to help feed their kids.

We all pay Ebay a good chunk of change every month to provide a service for us.  Policing stuff like this is part of that service. Some types of items being sold on Ebay require more attention than others and it is EBay's responsibility to take care of it. Instead of doing that, they choose what may or may not be the less expensive way to go.

The upper management of Ebay is paid a shameful sum of money.  How they sleep at night when the destroy the income of struggling people so easily is beyond me.  There just seems that there should be a better way to handle stuff like this.  To me it seems always to be the lazy way out.  
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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford
       
Wed Jul 17 13:13:47 2013
The few counterfeit coupons are gone, but the prolific amount of Chinese counterfeits rein supreme on eBay.
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by: This a joke, right? This user has validated their user name.
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Wed Jul 17 13:18:47 2013
As Rexford above says:
''The lunacy continues......let's chase even more sellers away.

Guess the big corporations don't like their coupons being sold. And you know if a corporation barks JD jumps.''
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by: mazelgirl This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Jul 17 14:04:37 2013
That's too bad--I don't sell coupons but I have bought them. Not every coupon appears in every area of the country-but if you have that coupon you can use it in any part of the country..that's why I bought them. Generally I paid like $2 (included shipping) for 10 coupons and then I'd stock up so I wouldn't miss the expiration date.
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by: Sellerofall This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Jul 17 14:07:41 2013
The real question should be is Ebay going to actually put a limit and stop sellers from listing the coupons once they reach 100 or will they let sellers list the coupons and then send a policy violation afterwards and put a black mark on your account?  
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This user has validated their user name. by: Ed Gadfly
       
Wed Jul 17 14:14:29 2013
Follow the money.

No China market with coupons.

Besides... sending pieces of paper and giving people deals to save money... that's not work for you worker bees.  
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This user has validated their user name. by: Ed Gadfly
       
Wed Jul 17 14:19:27 2013
Hee hee. While eBay is busting coupon clippers, PreyPal is giving away $92 quadrillion to unsuspecting customers.

Who wants to bet it was a buyer and not a seller?

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/17/tech/paypal-error/index.html?hpt
=hp_t2
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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Wed Jul 17 14:46:27 2013
Ed, actually it was a debit (–), not a credit; probably little more than a bit of the usual nonsense from the eBay Dept of Spin, Spin and More Spin; they have to keep the name in the public eye somehow ... http://bit.ly/YvxFEg
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This user has validated their user name. by: Ed Gadfly
       
Wed Jul 17 15:09:15 2013
Ah thank you, Phillip.

My eyes are just circles.
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This user has validated their user name. by: Ed Gadfly
       
Wed Jul 17 15:19:46 2013
No. They gave him $92 quadrillion and then they took it back.

The picture shows the $92 quadrillion PreyPal took back from the man.

What is $92 quadrillion? All the money PayPal is floating?

Just because PayPal could give away all this money at once does not mean they make mistakes for smaller amounts.

Maybe the money went to the wrong account. Maybe it was just practice...  
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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Jul 17 15:25:30 2013
What if the coupons are for the fake Chinese iphone cases, batteries. memory or Monster headphones - would they be ok then?

Are there any coupons for a ride in JDs Lear jet?

How many VERO agents does it take to spot a fake coupon, and how many bags of Cheetos will have to be eaten by them with our with out said coupons?

Can I pay my eBay fees with coupons?

Will Paypal buy all the unused coupons and try to pay me with them while they hold my funds (illegally) ?

God, so many questions, so few days off to think about what to do NEXT to screw up the business. JD really is King Midas in reverse  (hat tip to the Hollies)(that was in case VERO was gonna MC999 Copyright me for not crediting the Hollies)
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by: Kameelyon This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Jul 17 16:41:44 2013
I spent the last 18 months building a business on ebay from SCRATCH, $40 to start it.  Recently gross sales almost $3000 per month, over 25% of that going to ebay and paypal but i guess they don't need it, 45 days notice, NICE!  I don't know if I will survive the switch to a new site but this business will go somewhere that's for sure.  People will buy coupons until they don't print anymore but ebay has enough business and they don't need us.  Sincerely hope it is a blessing in disguise!!
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by: ebay for dummies This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Jul 17 18:12:45 2013
Restriction, Limitations, Prohibited, Suspension, Violation, and Termination are conditions which all ebay sellers are subject to.  Honestly I think people had more freedom in Nazi Germany or Communist Russia.
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