|Fri Oct 24 2014 10:20:27|
Seller Says eBay Relist Change Amounts to Bait and Switch
eBay made another change to the automatic relistings scheme that you might not be aware of, I just noticed the message this morning. From now on, those automatically relisted items WILL count toward a seller's allotted free listings count which was not the case before.
So to avoid having this count against their free listing count, sellers need to uncheck that box at the end of the listing.
There are a couple huge problems with this.
First of all, there are sellers who have thousands of accumulated listings live right now that have the box checked. It's probably not humanly possible for them to uncheck all those boxes since Ebay offers no way to do that in bulk, it has to be done on a listing-by-listing basis. So they will get charged a listing fee for any of the automatically re-listed listings that go beyond their usual allotment of free listings, this in addition to having the automatically re-listed items eat their free listing allotment away.
It's also a problem for people who have a lot of items from the past unlisted right now but ready to be relisted in the event of a free listing special. For example, I have about 3,000 unlisted items where the box is checked. If I want to take advantage of free listing special, I will need to re-check all those boxes to avoid being charged an insertion fee once the item is automatically re-listed.
So this whole automatic re-listing scheme seems to be a fairly nasty example of bait and switch. They got people to check the boxes under one set of conditions and have no changed the conditions drastically to, as usual, favor themselves and penalize the buyer.
Note from the Editor: See today's Newsflash story for more information on this change.