eBay Link Policy – Rollback of Changes Announced

Posted on July 31, 2008. Filed under: eBay | Tags: , , , |

Today, eBay announced that the upcoming changes to the links policy (previously announced) have been cancelled.  There will be no changes to the old policy.  

“We are now returning to regularly scheduled programming…… Thank you for your cooperation.”



Hello everyone…Back in May, I announced a number of important policy changes for sellers. One of the policies I mentioned was an update to our Links Policy which governs the types of links that can be included in a listing. Our Links Policy is intended to increase safety and preserve the buying experience.

After my announcement, we received questions and concerns from sellers about this change. At eBay Live!, our staff made it clear we would be going back to reconsider some aspects of the policy around how third-party links would be treated.

As promised, we’ve been reviewing all the different types of situations that our sellers have brought to our attention, and we’ve been meeting with additional stakeholders to understand how our policy update would impact them. After this additional research and discussion, we’ve decided to leave our Links Policy as is. There will be no Links Policy updates at this time.

I want to thank our sellers for your support and patience around this matter.


John McDonald
Senior Director, Trust & Safety

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3 Responses to “eBay Link Policy – Rollback of Changes Announced”

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I think the big problem at eBay is that each dept works independently, so there is no exchange of ideas.
When a policy is almost ready to go , it goes in front of the big guys who then say NO

Wonderful organization…Left Hand + Right hand = chaos for sellers

I think the new enlightenment was driven by buy.com and it being an unappealing change for them.

These people drive me crazy- I feel so bad for all those people who already revised – or worse ended and re-listed all of their listings so they would be in compliance with eBay’s new policy. One woman on the powerseller board had ended over 5000 listings because she didn’t have enough time to revise each before the policy was supposed to take effect so ending them gave her the ability to go at her own pace. What a huge loss just because eBay is always playing games with us like we are weebles- that they can wobble – and apparently they believe we won’t fall down- bastards!

Great decision, you jerks, and after driving wonderful services like ebaycounters.com off line. Thanks for taking away my counter service.

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