eBay Trading Violations to Avoid - dummies

By Marsha Collier

Playing by eBay’s rules keeps you off the Trust & Safety radar screen. If you start violating eBay policies, the company’s going to keep a close eye on you. Depending on the infraction, eBay may be all over you like jelly on peanut butter. Or you may safely lurk in the fringes until your feedback rating is lower than the temperature in Nome in November.

Here’s the docket of eBay no-no’s that can get members flogged and keelhauled — or at least suspended:

  • Feedback rating of –4.3

  • Three instances of deadbeat bidding

  • Repeated warning for the same infraction

  • Feedback extortion

  • Bid shielding

  • Unwelcome bidding after a warning from the seller

  • Shill bidding

  • Auction interception

  • Fee avoidance

  • Fraudulent selling

  • Identity misrepresentation

  • Bidding when younger than age 18

  • Hacking

  • Physical threats

If you get a suspension but think you’re innocent, respond directly to the person who suspended you to plead your case. Reversals do occur. But don’t broadcast your suspicions on chat boards. If you’re wrong, you may regret it. Even if you’re right, it’s oh-so-gauche.

Be careful about accusing members of cheating. Unless you’re involved in a transaction, you don’t know all the facts. Perry Mason moments are great on television, but they’re fictional for a reason. In real life, drawing yourself into a possible confrontation is senseless. Start the complaint process, keep it businesslike, and let eBay’s staff figure out what’s going on.