|Thu Jan 1 2015 12:21:55|
You Can Buy eBay Watchers - But Should You?
By: Ina Steiner
eBay gives greater exposure to listings that have a greater number of views and watchers than other listings. In addition, shoppers on eBay are naturally attracted to listings that have many watchers and views, often believing that popularity indicates a sought-after item that they should be looking at too.
In today's EcommerceBytes Newsflash, I look at some companies that are selling views and watchers, promising they'll boost the popularity of eBay listings.
In one example I cited, a marketer boasts, "I will improve eBay SEO by adding watchers to your listing for $5." Another marketer offers sellers the chance to purchase 500 views to an eBay listing for $5.
Would a seller get in trouble with eBay if it discovered he or she was buying watchers and views? That's a crucial question, and sellers should proceed carefully if tempted to try to game the eBay search engine.
eBay has a Search and Browse Manipulation policy that prohibits such practices as keyword spamming, but it doesn't specifically mention the practice of artificially inflating the number of watchers and views. That doesn't mean it's allowed either, however.
One site that sells watchers and views explains, "the more views you have the more higher ebay rates you." And, it urges sellers, "Here you can buy ebay views. More views you have on your items -> more chances to sell your product . You can add 1000 or 2000 views to ebay items in less than 24 hours . Go ahead order !!"
What do you think of this practice?
And do you think if you were found out it could jeopardize your eBay selling privileges?