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How likely is it to get banned on ebay?

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by Ghoro, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. Ghoro

    Ghoro Registered Member

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    Hi, so a quick question, but I am looking in to the idea of trying to buy items wholesale from China and then selling them on ebay and I plan on being 100% legit, but even so after reading a lot of comments about ebay I am getting the impression that even if I?m a power seller for like 5+ years I can still get banned for life at the whim of ebay or from one angry buyer that just felt mad at the world that day. So is getting banned from ebay not really a question of ?will you get banned?, but more of a question of ?when?? I also fear the idea that maybe I?m doing ok for a few months, got some good sales going, but then customer number 20 is angry at life, leaves bad feedback and with being so early in my ebay life it just leaves me dead in the water.

    Mainly I fear the idea that maybe I really get going on ebay and have something good going, then out of nowhere ebay bans me for life just for the hell of it and all my stock is left sitting there and everything I built is gone. I know that many say to also have your own ecommerce site on top of ebay and to try and bring your customers from ebay to your site, but once I lose the traffic of ebay to bring them to my site isn?t it just as bad? Or could I even get banned for doing that? I guess there is always SEO for my ecommerce site, but then instead of my fate being left in the hands of ebay, now my fate is left in the hands of Google, which feels just as uneasy to me.

    Any thoughts would be great,
    Thanks
     
  2. weblues

    weblues Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It's very likely if you do anything that violate their TOS or they receive serious complaint about your product/service. If you follow the legal procedure and do thing the right way, you will not have problem with them.
     
  3. mickyfu

    mickyfu Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    eBay ban people for the sake of it and so do Paypal, there is no way round this, it is just luck of the draw, although it is very easy to just start up again. Main thing is, never leave your monkeys with Paypal and your monkeys will be fine.
     
  4. Rokebono

    Rokebono Senior Member

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    You seem to have a pretty decent plan and I would say go for it...there will always be opinions if this if that and I think that you are waisting too much time thinking and making calculations. I had lots of accounts and did lots of things over the years on Ebay and never had any problem with them because I respected their TOS. You are too scared about negative feedback but as a seller you will always have a bad costumer or even more of them. Remember, no matter how hard you would try, you cant please everyone. What you can do in this situation is to solve the issue by resending the product or by refunding.
     
  5. SpookSEO

    SpookSEO Senior Member

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    If you just abide to their TOS and won't do anything illegal, you have nothing to worry about. With regards to customer complaints, Ebay will investigate and review your account first and will look into their records. They will only suspend your account if you have a lot of bad client experience. This is their way of providing their customers a better marketplace.
     
  6. Vesania

    Vesania Regular Member

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    If you are planning to sell on their have multiple accounts ready as plan B. you never know what could happen and is always good to have another account that you can begin listing if you get suspended.
     
  7. saifkhatri

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    Yhh if you do booky stuff you will get a insta ban!
     
  8. lakoonieb

    lakoonieb Newbie

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    Well you won't get banned, but 100% feedback is what you should aim for, because that's were the competition is at. I sold Iphones, ETC on eBay for years and my account was suspended for someone claiming to received a damn empty box and paypal decided to pin me with the $800. That rarely happens though, besides you should by that time have enough money to eat the cost, every business does.
     
  9. Beven

    Beven Elite Member

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    Just be careful, especially if using your paypal account because that can get banned too. And trust me from experience, getting your paypal account banned is not a laughing matter.
     
  10. faibol

    faibol Power Member

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    if you follow their TOS you should be fine, try to establish a good amount of positive reviews by selling digital items such as ebooks(just for a while...) and after you have 100+ positive reviews you should be fine... there are always a few costumers who aren't satisfied no matter what you do. but if you have 100+ positive reviews and only 5 negative ones there's nothing to worry about.
     
  11. sania

    sania Newbie

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    Just be sure that you do not violate Ebay rules. If you do then ebay is surely going to ban you. Otherwise there wont be a problem!
     
  12. spider7

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    Huh...how the hell did this happen? Was the product shipped by UPS? Surely they would show the weight of the product.

    What about taking pics...at UPS before you deliever?

    WTF??
     
  13. eBayer.

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    I do not like eBay has done to my account so far, but whatever be it. I have stayed afloat, there has been many limitations on my account. I remember my account selling limits were 10 at the beginning then it was pulled to 12 after a month, then to 25 after a month and it was a slow gradual process before I reached to 2000+ selling limits.

    My accounts limitations were all taken off - It all takes a polite phone call to them ( I have called eBay over 100 times in 4-years ). If you do something wrong on eBay, sell fake Chinese items, sell Vero items or violate any of their policy you WILL get banned.

    There are then category limits, sometimes you will have 100 Selling Limits or more but you'd not allow to use them and be given a category limit.

    Sell generic items and do not get violate any policies - There are 100s of policies which you'd need to spend some time reading. Even if you do get banned afterall there are alternatives to get back on eBay :)
     
  14. NUMB3R44

    NUMB3R44 Newbie

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    Yeh ebay screwed me over through no fault of my own and I cant sell on egay ever again.
     
  15. agkfal

    agkfal Regular Member

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    If you stay allong the lines of being legit, you wont have issues.

    Your products being from China wont get you banned. Just don't sell shitty things, or knockoffs and your good.

    Also, Ebay /paypal isnt a life ban. Only depends on how bad you violated terms. I got my account back 5 years later, and was forgiven by ebay/paypal.
     
  16. TedNugent

    TedNugent Junior Member

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    I had a power seller account for 3+ years and didnt get banned. Generally if you just follow their TOS and dont post anything against their terms you are usually good. I sold many things through wholesale manufactures in china. Consumer electronics all the way down to Yugioh cards. Just keep your listings in check, pay your fees and youll be good. I have heard about people getting banned for stupid stuff, but you can get back on your feet easily. Just get another account and start again. Ive noticed people still buy from small guys cuz its no big deal. Rep almost doesnt matter on ebay IMHO but others will tell you different. Like I said though, just keep your stuff in check and pay your fees. Youll be good.
     
  17. notsostrong

    notsostrong Newbie

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    you'll be alright as long as you pay your ebay fees and don't get too many upset customers.