eBay sent an urgent message to sellers warning them of specific listing violations as it sweeps its site for non-compliant listings. Readers are forwarding the emails to us that read:
Immediate action required. Remove policy and/or security violations from your listings.
We're writing to let you know, that as of November 8, 2017, some of your listings are in violation of eBay policies and require immediate update.
(# redacted) of your listings contain(s) non-secure HTTP content. Starting in October 2017, Google Chrome - the browser used by almost half of all eBay buyers - will begin displaying the message "Not Secure" in the address bar when users visit standard HTTP pages or HTTPS pages that include non-secure HTTP content. We encourage you to immediately remove this content.
Some sellers also received this warning:
(# redacted) of your listings contain(s) contact information such as phone number, email address or weblinks, which is in violation of listing policies. Non-compliant listings will soon be blocked.
"Here we go again with these nonsense emails from eBay," wrote one seller, telling us that it is taking time to go through and make corrections on each offending listing. The seller said eBay itself inserted the problem link into their listings when they used the eBay TurboLister listing tool. "One would think since this is an eBay link that they would have done a sweep of the site to either remove all of them or update them months ago."
With today's notices, eBay included a list of the specific listings it found to be non-compliant.
The note caps off what has to be one of the most discouraging periods for sellers we've seen in eBay's history.
Online selling expert Skip McGrath
told us that of the dozen or so items eBay flagged, he has had only 3 sales over the past three months, whereas all of those items sell fairly steadily on Amazon. "It is easier to just kill the listings," he said.