I wish eBay would clarify the Duplicate Listing Policy or take Action on reported violations.
Example 1: If a seller lists an identical item - same title - same price - same Item Specifics - same Picture = Automatic Policy Violations MC99 and takedown of duplicate.
Example 2: If a seller lists an identical item - modifies title by 1 Character - price by 1 cent - Item Specifics by 1 entry - flips Picture Upside down = eBay does not take the duplicate down even if reported.
So a very "ambitious" seller will list the same item - produced by the same manufacturer - all identical - 5-10 times and list those with various prices, some at the low end - some in the middle and some at the higher end, using this scheme.
Sellers who bides by the eBay policy - will get pushed out - the chances of 1 good listing selling versus the "ambitious" sellers 5-10 listings getting a hit is almost nil.
It is very few sellers who go to these extends, however, in our listing area - eBay Motors, Parts & Accessories, there is one seller who takes this way of "marketing" to the extreme.
The seller has been reported again and again by several other sellers, sometimes with 10+ listings being duplicates of the one and same item, yet no action is taken by eBay - every conversation with eBay Trust & Security gets the response, that this is clearly wrong and a violations and some CSR's go to great extent to get this reported, yet, nothing happens in the end, and it seems the seller gets more encouragement to produce even more duplicates. This particular seller has 1000s of duplicates - 1000s.
So, this is why we are asking for clarification. Does eBay permit this - and if YES, let all of us know, because we all have the ability to do that. If eBay does not permit this, take action on the reports.
Reading the eBay Duplicate Listing policy as carefully as possible, as it applies to Parts & Accessories of eBay Motors, what the seller is doing is NOT permitted and yet eBay does nothing at all.