|Wed July 17 2013 08:33:50|
Should eBay Restrict All Sellers of Coupons?
By: Ina Steiner
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.
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
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