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2 thoughts on “eBay Announces Fall Seller Update 2017”

  1. There are a lot of things that Ebay has done, to really Pi## me off, and I’m so flaming mad I can’t even address most of this CRAP. But this one item exhibits just exactly what Pig Business in the US is getting away with in their TOS’s

    – “Effective March 1, 2018, eBay will prohibit watermarks on images and you should begin removing watermarks now to comply with the change”

    Too bad for the poor slobs that thought they owned their own work. And added watermarks. And even conformed to the opacity and other rules. There goes a few MILLION hours of work. What about an image of an original artwork. NO WATERMARK??? OVER ORIGINAL ARTWORK ???, JEWELRY ???, POTTERY ???, ETC ??? What would Ebay say if someone infringed upon their latest and greatest patent, the one for feeling up fabric? (I invented a new device to remotely size condoms properly) Ebay would have court orders on you doorstep to protect their rights. We can all fight FOREVER about the PROS & CONS of watermarks, but the answer is that THE ARTIST GETS TO DECIDE. Not YOU, ME, OR EBAY.

    How do they even get away with this? The answer is of course in the TOS. Either agree, or get out of their sandbox. The LATTER is the BETTER choice, as 5% sodium hydroxide is in short supply, their sand is contaminated, and only a saturated solution would EVER come close to killing off the filth.

    You think this is a problem with EBAY??? I’ve said this before, and here it is again. If you are still signing medical and pharmaceutical agreements, you’d better either start reading them, or be really careful where you are doing business. They instituting TOS’s that give up your rights also. And while you’re at it, familiarize yourself with HIPAA forms, what you actually have to sign, and what you don’t. I HAVE NEVER met a nurse, or aide or medical staff member, that actually knew whether or not I could refuse to sign. NOT ONE! Every SINGLE one of them is wrong, and will tell you that you have to sign it to get medical care.

    Don’t think for one minute, that this kind of a TOS won’t be on the electronic pad that takes your CC information. Walmart does it, everyone follows. Think NOT? Well ask yourself, Who was it that stopped Ebay?

  2. 1) Ebay’s Markdown Manager replacement (Sale Event + Markdown) in the Promotions Manager is a disaster. It’s glitchy and you can’t add items to it after you launch the promotion like you used to be able to in Markdown Manager.

    2) Agree with BuildingMyOwnSite, the call on watermarks is awful for sellers that put the work into it.

    3) The crawler bot/algorithm to detect off site links is jacked-up too. It must be very sensitive, we’ve had several items “flagged” and been given automated notifications to remove when none of them actually contained any off site links. We did, however, have the word “email” in several of them so we’ve learned not to use that word anywhere in the listing.

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