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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Tue Sept 20 2022 15:25:58

eBay Offers Seller $500 in Ad Credits but Rescinds the Offer

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is back with another promotion to encourage sellers to pay extra to advertise their listings. But one reader who received a promotional message offering a $500 credit for advertising through its Promoted Listings Advanced Beta program was foiled in her attempt to use it.

After the seller activated the promotion, it said she was disqualified from participating, displaying the following message: "Unfortunately, this promotional offer is not available to you."

Last month eBay offered a similar promotion, offering some sellers $500 in ad credits for Promoted Listings Standard ads. (You can find an explanation of eBay Promoted Listing Advanced ads on this Teikametrics blog post.) 

Last month's promotion offered up to $500 off Promoted Listings Standard ad fees and ran from August 10 through September 8, although eBay often sends promotional offers to subsets of sellers with slight variations, including the amount of the credit or the dates of the promotion.

Sellers appeared confused about how last month's promotion worked, finally receiving details in this response from a moderator on the eBay boards.

As usual, if you receive an offer to participate in a promotion, read the fine print. Let us know if you've taken advantage of eBay ad credits and how it has worked out for you.



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by: GetAGrip This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 20 18:00:21 2022

Using promoted listings is like throwing more money in the pit with the same results. NOTHING.

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This user has validated their user name. by: COVID-19

Tue Sep 20 19:11:09 2022

Can sellers on eBay offer buyers discounts then once buyers accept, rescind the offers? Yeah, didn't think so.....

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Tue Sep 20 19:13:19 2022

It's Mahtha's Vineyard all over again   :o)

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by: JohnBilt This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 20 19:24:50 2022

Show of hands; how many were selling on ebay in 1999? If you were, you are among the few that knew how fun ebay was, and what a joy to sell items on the site was. You paid a small listing fee, and a small selling fee. There were no sales tax, no take on shipping fees, and no such thing as Paypal! Buyers sent you checks or Money Orders, sometimes Cash! You shipped their orders, and exchanged feedback. If you had a horrible non-paying buyer, you could leave negative feedback, but be prepared to receive the anticipated retaliatory negative feedback, all part of the new frontier.

Then all of those things started creeping in, and ultimately PAYOLA. If you would like to have your item seen then pay an additional 7%+ to have the chance of your listing just being seen, and an almost non existent chance of being purchased! How did sellers let this happen?

Before I stopped selling there, I listed items that had recommended promotional %'ages of 13%+! on top of the 10% selling fee and 10% hit against the shipping cost!

I don't understand how, and why sellers continue to tolerate this abuse. If you don't give us a bigger take, we will hide your listings, and we will let the listings be seen and bought  from sellers that agree more easily to our extorsion tactics. This is flat out wrong, and I'm sure is afoul of the law, yet it continues. Ruthless tactics, in quest of ever more greed.

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Tue Sep 20 21:33:37 2022

Yes, I did.
I made a TON of friends and connections.
Met the guy who made the custom guitars for Jerry Garcia, and the rest.....
My self esteem was flyin' high.
I was very very happy then.
I'm just buyin' time now....

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Sep 21 06:41:53 2022

"Unfortunately, this promotional offer is not available to you."

They are like the soup Nazi on Seinfeld.  NO soup for you!!!

ALL SELLERS: SHUT THIS AD PROGRAMS DOWN BY NEVER USING IT.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Sep 21 07:27:11 2022

"Show of hands; how many were selling on ebay in 1999? If you were, you are among the few that knew how fun ebay was, and what a joy to sell items on the site was."

Yes, that was before a bunch of greedy men came into eBay who were more concerned about lining their own pockets than helping sellers grow their businesses and be successful.  They failed to realized that if sellers were profitable that they themselves would be.

Company decisions based on greed are bad decisions.  And the very minute that  eBay went public the party was over.

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by: Dragonfyree This user has validated their user name.

Thu Sep 22 05:55:41 2022

My start date shows November of 1998.  No pictures as hardly anyone had a scanner and no digital camera's.  Descriptions improved over the years as we learned.  Money Orders - there used to be a place where you could buy them online.  Checks and cash and even Western Union for overseas sales or purchases.  And postage was cheap, there used to be a $5 international envelope that would fit 2 paperbacks books in.  Used it all the time and the  "M" bag.

Message boards which were more like Instant Messaging, where you could have actual conversations and then someone would get mad and go in and give a negative to everyone in the conversation.  And Ebay was right on top and went right in and removed them.  Those were fun times.

You actually trusted the people you were dealing with.


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by: BatmanOfOz This user has validated their user name.

Sat Sep 24 19:51:29 2022

Yes, JohnBilt...the Good Old Days!  When ebay was actually Fun!! I Walked Away from my Good-Paying job in the Entertainment Industry when it Stopped being Fun...and eventually did the same with ebay.
In All Things, we Must Have Fun!
No One, on their Deathbed, Ever said, 'Damn...I had Too Much Fun!'

^^X^^

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by: Del Capslock This user has validated their user name.

Sat Oct 1 23:49:35 2022

Publicly traded companies are beholden to ''the market''...

...grow earnings quarterly -- or else.

The constant ''bleed'' will continue in perpetuity until a real competitor emerges, count on it...



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