I was wondering how common it is on eBay to have your listed item removed due to "infringement to eBay policy", but others selling the exact same item are left to continue selling.
This is the statement I found in eBay help:
"We don't catch all listings that are in violation of eBay policy right away. As a result, you may see listings for items similar to yours for a time. But we do remove all listings that don't follow eBay policy as soon as we become aware of them. We encourage members to report any listing violations you come across to us. Just click the Report this item link at the bottom of the item page."
My listed items had bids by several different buyers - and that is very unusual these days - a real bidding war was in store! But before the item could end, eBay stepped in and saved my buyers from themselves and removed my listing.
I checked my email and sure enough, I'd been caught red-handed and now was charged with the crime of infringement. At the very moment there were well over 100 of like items sold in the past 3 months, so I had NO IDEA I was committing a crime! In fact, there were also a number of CURRENT listings of similar items for sale that were allowed to remain and there are still more new listings of like items since my event.
I asked the customer "service" person why they only took down MY item, and the response was that my account came up under review and they found the item so it was removed as buyers could be using this to commit fraud.
As is often the case with eBay, it makes no sense how they are so worried about fraud being committed by MY customer, but not the other hundreds of items selling and sold - nor the fraud committed by buyers against sellers every day.
My common sense tells me if you find one item that is not allowed to be sold and you are removing it, then why would you not immediately do a search of all like items and remove ALL of them? After all, fraud may be committed using THOSE items also! So why is eBay not interested in taking ALL like items down at the same time?
I guess since eBay never does much that makes sense, I answered my own question.
Why do I stay? I've got some inventory of items people buy, but I work full time and list when I can. I no longer buy much to sell and then it has to be a for sure money maker.
I went to work full time due to a lay off in the family, and I don't have TIME to check out other sites, learn the how to's and start all over. I'm leaving asap and going back to putting time into my garden and other hobbies I gave up for the long gone fun of eBay.
It was a hoot but now it's just a toot. 15 years and moving on....lose a seller; lose a buyer,