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Sat June 21 2008 19:02:45

Vendors Say eBay Will Limit Active Content on Item Pages

By: Ina Steiner

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Vendors are saying eBay has plans to ban active content on View Item pages, and they seem unsure exactly what will be allowed. Javascript, ActiveX, Flash and embedded video players will seemingly be banned. It appears some vendors will be green-lighted, but details are shy on how it will all play out.

The move is driven by security concerns. We wrote about such issues in March after getting a demo of how powerful the vulnerability could be.



In Germany, eBay limits sellers' use of active content, requiring they be either a Powerseller, ID Verified or Verified PayPal member or if they are registered on eBay for more than 500 days and have more than 500 feedback points.

It seems there's been no details about which vendors will be allowed to use active content nor when the policy will take effect on eBay.com.




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by: Just a Seller

Sun Jun 22 05:47:06 2008

If HTML is not allowed my little cute ebay store is going to be so closed!!! How on earth will I be able to give descent presentation of my stuff without the use of HTML.
I am 9 years member on ebay with a 300+ feedback score (100% and almost 5.0 DSR) selling slowly but steadily. I feel I am free game now for ebay sharks to eat me up and I am having it up to here.
That would be the last straw for me, and it will take much effort to convince me re-oppening my store after it's closed.

I just don't get it! What is Ebay's goal here? And what do these clever management geniuses think they will achieve?

It's really beyond me.....

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by: disgusted ebayer

Sun Jun 22 08:21:22 2008

etsy.com looks very good. we are going to give a try.

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by: Fargus

Sun Jun 22 11:16:05 2008

Read again. There's no mention of eBay disallowing HTML.

This is a positive step. Users can't have it both ways - complaining about fraud, then when eBay actually DOES something to reduce exploits (long overdue IMHO), complaining about that. Finally, eBay - you did something right.

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by: Just a Seller

Sun Jun 22 12:00:36 2008

Fargus: I hope you are right! I know for a fact that on ebay Germany html is NOT allowed, but again - I hope I mis interpretted Ina's post.....

Would you (or anyone else) explain how's the Javascript, ActiveX, Flash and embedded video players are effecting safety.

Thanks!

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by: Fruity

Sun Jun 22 13:43:23 2008

Ina, did it show your complete routing numbr or just a partial like last 4 digits? Can you please confirm

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by: Peter Leeflang/CEO of Leeflang Archives Corporatio

Mon Jun 23 09:09:39 2008

This will wipe out small and medium sized sellesr on Ebay.

It will also hurt major sellers, as they need the small sellers to supplement their gaps in inventory and know how.

In the3 end it is teh buyer who loses out if the sellers get hurt, and they will leave the venue even faster.

When will Ebay understand that the laws of causality also apply to them?

Reality is not optional.

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by: WakeUp

Mon Jun 23 09:30:27 2008

Control, control, control... More control over YOUR business. That's what this is about. Where’s that famous “We’re just a venue” line when you need it?

You're being conditioned like sheeple. Herded to get a desired result from eBay. Take for instance gasoline at $4+ a gallon... we're outraged at the price, but when it drops to $3.50 everyone’s happy and runs around like it can’t get any better!  Of course it CAN! And it’s STILL not a deal!! But YOU think it is and that's all that matters.

Mission accomplished.

How is banning Javascript, ActiveX, Flash and embedded video players going to prevent fraud?

How is this ''new change'' going to keep dishonest sellers from NOT shipping your paid item?

A simple software program linked to all feedback comments, that when excessive negative comments are left for non-shipment of goods would be a quick and easy way to weed out the bad sellers. Doing things the hard way is not necessarily the right way.

eBay has completely flipped their lids, and you’ll be paying for it with higher fees, less exposure and lower sales.

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by: eBay: Fraud Central

Mon Jun 23 14:47:42 2008

If you guys would read what Ina wrote in March about this problem, you would see that this is actually a good thing.

The problem is, this is only one teeny, tiny facet of the fraud problems on eBay. Addressing this is good, but not nearly enough by a long shot.

Until eBay starts addressing the OTHER types of fraud such as shilling and counterfeiting, stuff like this doesn't really do much good.

eBay is absolutely fraud-ridden on many different fronts. If eBay had any type of REAL customer service that would respond to user complaints about fraud, they would be able to combat it.

They have been so caught up in the latest "new thing", trying to make more billions of $'s, (SKYPE ANYONE?) that they have not kept up pace on fighting fraud, and they are paying the price now.

I doubt they can EVER pull themselves out of the hole at this point. This is just a case of "too little, too late."

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by: bite me

Mon Jun 23 16:41:53 2008

It's a great idea. All the buggy multimedia crashes my browser. good job ebay!!!!!!

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by: lisa

Mon Jun 23 22:28:40 2008

I truly think most of the fraud is controlable if ebay made it more difficult to become a buyer....you can register every day and use a stolen credit card and post office box for each item...make buyers prove they are who they claim to be...also now you have fraud and no negative feedback...great going in la-la-land.

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by: Carrie

Tue Jun 24 08:13:09 2008

Hi yes Etsy.com is a great site I have bought muliple items off there....all with checks from great sellers (that used to be on Ebay)...easy to use and a very warm site..

Cut and paste these for what people are saying about ebay:
The petitions:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ebay-buyers-concerned-r
e-feedback-changes

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/new-feedback-policy-unfair-for-sellers

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by: mehmet

Tue Jun 24 20:18:44 2008

see this video everyone, from ebay live

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHY0r3Sn9rc

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by: Greg

Wed Jun 25 11:01:37 2008

Another one of eBay's one paragraph announcements with little to no clarification. No workshop, no followup announcement. We're just left to find out the hard way what is consideres unacceptable. Seller Central is rife with speculation at this point.

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by: evilchuckie

Mon Jun 30 04:50:10 2008

The sad part about  this latest mess, is that not only are they re-arranging the deck chairs on the TITANIC, they are still charging the passengers for drinks??? And taking bookings for the next cruise!!! It is really sad but if they had done NOTHING, then ebay would have been a much better and safer place to trade?
As it stands now all you need to do is bid, win, pay, report to paypal and get your money back, and leave NEG feedback!!  I guess the sellers who are left are lucky that most buyers are honest, or every sale would be refunded, at full cost to the seller! When will the stock holders wake up? although its probably already too late!!



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