What are the guidelines?
- Bidding on your own items with another account
- Bidding on items being sold by someone you know
To this (the current verbiage.)
What are the guidelines?
Bidding on your own items with another account
As you can see, those are quite substantial changes.
I have searched the ebaY announcements and forums extensively now, finding nothing announcing or referring to this alteration.
June 9, 2012:
To update a bit here.
I’ve located indication the shill bidding policy existed in it’s former state here in September 2011.
Also this search on Blekko, which is for exact, partial verbiage of the former policy language, indicates that the page was likely changed much much later than that, however long since Blekko’s last crawl. Note that I captured this on June 3rd, 2012. That is very telling.
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Furthermore, I’ve examined the shill bidding policy or corresponding page of each and every English language ebaY site on the planet and found that nowhere else was language regarding employees bidding on their employer’s auctions removed other than the USA. Try it yourself.
Here is an example. Ebay India Shill Bidding Policy page. You’ll notice the language regarding employees bidding, with basically only the names in the examples changed.
Very curious to say the least. The implications are huge.
To complicate matters, ebay still has shill bidding tutorials in place which contain the language regarding employees disallowed to bid on their employer’s items. Those pages are nearly identical worldwide.
Update 06-12-2012: It seems the shill bidding tutorials for the USA have been altered as well. Learn more.
As far as the USA, there is some blatantly conflicting info being is being dispensed on ebay’s pages: the shill bidding policy Vs shill bidding tutuorial.
This discovery also comes on the heels of a full blown scandal involving VH1’s “House of Consignment” TV reality star, ebay seller and edropoff owner Corri McFadden, who is accused of shill bidding and now being criticized for censorship and abuse of both critics and the court system, with an attempt to silence her critics with a SLAPP.
The changes to the policy would make it very easy for ebaY to claim the alleged shill bidder was acting within the rules. So finding exactly when that policy was changed may be a crucial fact with regards to that matter.
I’m wondering whether ebay may make a statement as to when and why this policy was changed?
See this update: