eBay’s Duplicate Listing Policy

Overview of the policy

Buyers need to be able to compare different items to make a smart and informed decision about purchases. The duplicate listings policy is designed to make sure that sellers don’t list in a way that will clutter up the buying experience and in turn hurt the overall marketplace.

Duplicate listings are?

Listings are considered duplicates if they are for items that have no significant difference between them. The best way to avoid having your listings treated as duplicates is to make sure you show the differences between items.  Different titles, prices, photos, subtitles, product IDs, etc.

Follow these guidelines to make sure that your listings follow eBay’s listing policies and have the best possible position in eBay’s Best Match sort order:

  • List identical items in one multi-quantity fixed price listing.
  • List items with variations such as size and color in one fixed price listing with variations.
  • List items that fit multiple vehicles in parts compatibility listings. Don’t include the compatible vehicles in the title.

Read the complete guidelines for eBay’s Duplicate Listing Policy here.

Make sure you are following the guidelines. If your listings don’t follow the guidelines, they may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits to your buying and selling privileges and even suspension of your account.



eBay Seller Checklist

Need help keeping track of eBay’s recent and upcoming changes for selling.  Check out the Seller Checklist, downloadable in PDF.  The checklist includes monthly items to be aware of now through July.

The items for March are:

  • eBay Top-rated sellers: From March 1 through May 31, get a bonus 5% final value fee discount for all transactions with 1-day handling and a 14-day or longer return window with a money-back option.
  • Act now to ensure you get an automatic 5-star DSR for Communications starting in April. Simply specify same-day or 1-day handling time and upload tracking information by the end of the next business day. Then, starting in April, on these transactions where there is no communication between you and your buyer, you’ll receive an automatic 5-star DSR for Communications.
  • Specify eBay Checkout and eBay approved electronic payment methods as a requirement in your listings to ensure that, starting at the end of April, Feedback for transactions where buyers have an unpaid item recorded is automatically removed.

Get Selling Tips From the eBay Community

Visit the eBay community and see what it can offer you. Share your knowledge with a new seller, or learn from experienced sellers who have figured it out. Check out the Discussion Forums, meet other members and chat about almost anything. Have a question about buying or selling? Go to the Answer Center and get the answer to your question. eBay Radio or Town Hall broadcasts are also a great resource.


List on eBay for FREE!

If you are an eBay Stores subscriber, you can list Auction-style from March 8 through March 31, 2012 for free. This means you will pay no Insertion Fees for each item listed (“Promotion”). You can list up to 50,000 listings in the Auction-style format with this promotion.

However, this offer only applies to sellers who have a registered eBay Stores subscription. You will automatically receive the Promotional Rate when you list your items Auction-style by using the Sell Your Item Form, eBay Seller Tools, and most third-party tools.

Read more about this great promotion on eBay.

New to eBay or don’t have an eBay Stores subscription?  You can still list Auction-style FREE too.   Good for any start price at any time.   The first 50 items you list per month are FREE to list auction-style.  Check out eBay to get the details.


Pictures on eBay Listings Will Soon Be Free

One of the best ways to get buyers to pick your listing over the rest, is by including lots of great pictures of your item. By providing lots of quality pictures you are reinforcing to buyers that eBay is a great place to shop.   To help you provide those pictures, starting July 2, pictures will be FREE for all sellers on eBay.  eBay is doing this to help you sell and to encourage you to provide more pictures with your listings.  The best part is that more pictures means that you will get more sales, and save money doing so.  Think about it this way, if you’re paying for pictures now, this change can mean significant savings. For example, on Auction-style listings with 8 pictures, free pictures can mean a savings of 16% on an item that sells for $60.

So start getting ready to upload more pictures to showcase your item and show it from all angles. Buyers make faster purchase decisions when listings have more photos. Later this year, all eBay listings will be required to have at least one picture.  Just remember the more quality pictures of an item the better chance it has to sell well.


eBay Category and Other Seller Updates

Here is a heads up about some of eBay’s 2012 updates to categories and other important seller updates.
  • Standard Auction-style listing have a new maximum fee. Taking effect May 1, the maximum final value fee for Standard Auction-style listings will be $250. Note – this will only impact transactions of more than $1,111 for sellers who don’t have an eBay Stores subscription.
  • Electronics & Technology: This update is to help make sure your listings get found by interested buyers, by listing with the eBay catalog.  This will be required in more of the consumer electronics categories including DVD & Blu-ray Players, Home Theater Systems, Home Theater Receivers, Home Theater Projectors,  and Home Speakers & Subwoofers.
  • Category and Item Specific updatesconsolidated with the rest of the seller updates to save you time and effort:
    • Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
    • Coins
    • Computers & Networking
    • Consumer Electronics
    • eBay Motors
    • Jewelry & Watches
    • Home & Garden
    • Tickets
    • Toys

Check out the links in this post to get more information on eBay’s updates.  Keep yourself up to date on eBay’s features and know the best and most effective ways to sell on eBay.


Learn More About eBay’s My World

My World is another tool that allows you to represent your personality, interact with others, and display your listings, interests and more! You automatically get an eBay My World page when you become an eBay member. A My World page gives you different ways to create customizable, personal pages that feature content you create yourself. It is similar to your About Me page in that it is about you. However, the My World Page has different modules that will link you to other buyers/sellers who have similar interests.



Learn more, dive in and go over the details so you know the different ways to customize this page just for you (and your eBay business). I can walk you through the best ways to utilize your My World space on eBay. Check out the eBay My World Course.

Click on the link to buy the course directly, or join Boutique Bargains today and get instant access to this course and many other great resources.


eBay is Protecting Your Rating

ebay has some safeguards in place to help protect your record of great service.
  • Get an automatic 5-star communication rating on all transactions where you offer same-day or 1-day handling time, in other words if you promise to ship your item within 24 hours.  Just upload tracking information by the end of the next business day, and there is no communication between you and the buyer.  Since there is no communication needed, there is no communication rating to be left, and that keeps your rating at 5-stars.

  • Feedback for unpaid items: Feedback that is left by a buyer with an unpaid item recorded for the transaction will be automatically removed from your record.  So, if the buyer doesn’t pay for the item and you report it as being unpaid, then they can no longer leave you feedback about that transaction.
  • Global protection: Earlier this year, eBay started displaying an automatic message on the View Item page to buyers outside the US regarding customs-related delays and customs duties. Because of this, any Feedback from international buyers that only references customs issues will qualify for Feedback removal.  If you were worried about selling globally, now you have a little added protection.  No more worries about customs causing you a bad feedback rating.

Isn’t it nice to know that eBay is trying to help safeguard the sellers as well as the buyers?  One of the reasons I love selling on eBay!


Begin Selling on eBay, Continued

Prohibited Items on eBay

If you are thinking of beginning selling on eBay or have just started you need to know about what items are prohibited from sale on eBay. Remember to check the rules. eBay has a complete list of what you can and can’t do to keep everyone in check. It is nice to know that eBay has made it clearly known to everyone what items are forbidden to be sold on eBay. People will always test the limits, but you don’t want to be one of them. Know what you can’t sell, so that you can stay clear of any trouble in selling on eBay.

Here is a limited list of items that are illegal or have restrictions on them when selling on eBay:

  • Human body parts
  • Credit cards
  • Recalled items
  • Event tickets (that’s scalping if you didn’t know)
  • Food (even space rations)
  • Alcohol (the drinking kind)
  • Used clothing
  • Weapons
  • Pornographic items

For a complete list of eBay’s prohibited and restricted items click here.

Selling on eBay can be a fun learning experience with a profitable outcome when you select the correct items to sell and do your research so you know what you are selling. Assess your items by the current market and the effort involved in selling and putting together the listing before you put an item up for sale. The more time you put into properly preparing and listing an item, the more profitable income you are likely to make.

I share my finds for items selling one eBay on my membership site, so you can start making a profit without having to do as much research.