Good afternoon everyone, I hope you had a great Easter or Passover Weekend. Earlier this morning, I received this email from eBay telling me that my purchasing behavior is violating eBay’s Site Interference Policy. Basically, eBay is accusing me of buying items via eBay Deals for the purpose of reselling. I have been known to buy a few discounted GCs/eGCs from eBay, but I didn’t think it warranted a warning letter. It’s not like I have 10 different eBay accounts and buy as many discounted GCs/eGCs as possible. Here are the main parts of the email:
Listings promoted on the eBay Deals have a limit on the amount of items you can purchase, primarily to maintain an equal marketplace for all members and allow other eBay members the opportunity to take part in the eBay Deals.
The activity involved with these purchases appears to be related to the procurement of inventory for re-sale by a separate entity. If there is another reason for the volume purchased during this sale, please bring this to our attention.
Here is the complete email:
I then checked out the Site Interference Policy to see what it said. Like I mentioned earlier, I was not trying to circumvent the buying limits. If the listing allowed me to buy up to 3 or 5 gift cards, I bought 3 or 5 gift cards. Make the limit 1 if you do not want members to purchase more than 1 gift card.
Site interference policy overview
We strive to make eBay a safe and trusted marketplace for both buyers and sellers. Interference or attempted interference with the eBay site, site operations, or policies isn’t allowed. This includes attempts to purposely circumvent our buying and selling policies, or the way our site functions. These kinds of activities can undermine trust, interfere with searching for items, and negatively affect both buyers and sellers.
Examples of the type of behavior that isn’t allowed are in these guidelines, but any attempt to manipulate our site or policies may result in action against your account. In addition to your listing or product being removed, you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges or suspension of your account.
To refresh my memory, I looked at the GCs/eGCs I purchased in 2019. Year to date (YTD), I purchase 3 Lowe’s GCs and 5 Famous Footwear eGCs for a total of $470.00. I took a break for the first 3 months of the year and just started to purchase GCs/eGCs in April to meet minimum spending requirement for my March App-O-Rama credit cards.
I’m not sure if eBay is really strict about these recent GC/eGC purchases, or maybe they are warning me from my 2018 GC/eGC purchases. I looked at my 2018 GC/eGC purchases from eBay and I purchased 275 eGCs from PPDG ($20,577.50) and 47 GCs from SVM ($3,560.00). That looks like a ton of GC/eGC purchases, but these GCs/eGCs were purchased from my 1 and only eBay account and I did not violate any per listing limits. Based on the number of GCs/eGCs I purchased in 2018, I would have expected to get a warning sometime in 2018 (I did not) or early 2019 (I did not). I’m not sure what to make of this warning, but I am going to take a break from buying GCs/eGCs on eBay and focus on buying GCs/eGCs from Amazon and Swych for a while.
Have you received a similar warning recently from eBay? Were you breaking the rules or just maximizing the current rules / limits in place? Please share your data points below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!