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"muppet style" on Ebay-keyword spamming?

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Tztz, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Tztz

    Tztz Member

    just like many of you, i've published an auction with the term "muppet style" on the title.
    after ~1 day i recived an email saying that this is a violation of ebay policy ("keyword spamming") and the auction is ended.

    i dont think this is a keyword spamming since the term "muppet style" is used to describe a specific style of puppets. this term is a professioanl term ant its in use..

    what do you think?
  2. rtgentry

    rtgentry Member

    I dont see how they can take yours off and leave up an elmo, beaker and ernie puppets that clearly violate the copyright policy
  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Write them back and link them to the other auctions with Elmo, Beaker, Ernie, etc...
  4. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    say in Style of muppets
  5. Tztz

    Tztz Member

    I dont think that Elmo, Ernie and beaker are related since the contents of those auctions do have a relation to "muppets".
    i wrote them about the "professional term" stuff and i supposed to get an answer between 24-48 hours.
  6. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I haven't read ebay's TOS for a long time, but I think technically using a term like Muppet-style puppet could fall under the keyword spamming guidelines. What they're trying to do I think is ensure that when people search for "Muppet" they're getting actual Muppet items. So I could see why they might have an objection, but it's rediculous that they're giving you grief and letting other people list Muppet replicas.


    I think a lot of builders who do auctions use the term "Professional Puppet".
  7. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    I have just done a search on ebay using "muppet style" and there are a few on ebay with these words.May be ebay doesnt like your computer!!!
  8. Tztz

    Tztz Member

    may be Ebay dont like me!!! urgghhh
    i gonna wait and see what they will respond
  9. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I wonder why you got bumped and others didn't? Are you listed with ebay.com or with a local Isreali version of it?
  10. Tztz

    Tztz Member

    there is no israeli localized version of ebay :)
  11. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I was thinking maybe you were being targeted because unfortunately Isreal is one of the countries that has a reputation for lax enforcement of copyright laws (I'm down in Mexico and it's the same here). It was just a guess.
  12. Phantom

    Phantom New Member

    Buck makes me feel like I'm caught in a giant game of leap frog....:)
  13. Tztz

    Tztz Member


    Thank you for taking the time to write eBay with your concerns. I'm
    happy to help you further.

    To begin, please accept my apologies for the upset that our
    administrative action has caused. I would like to take the opportunity
    to clarify this policy concern for you.

    I do understand that this is typically a legitimate way to promote this
    type of item. That said, please understand that whatever marketing
    methods are used in the outside world to describe certain items cannot
    always be transposed to your eBay listings.

    To clarify, sellers are not permitted to make comparisons between items
    in a listing title. Examples of comparison words include but aren't
    limited to: "not", "like", "style", "-esque", "similar", "clone",
    "unmarked", "wannabe", "inspired", "compare to" and "lookalike". We
    permit sellers to make **one** comparison in their listing descriptions
    so that they may draw a parallel between an item of similar quality or

    The Keyword Spamming Policy is designed to provide a better buying
    experience on eBay by reducing the number of irrelevant listings that
    members search results produce.

    I recommend that you spare a few moments to review this policy in
    greater detail for a more in depth understanding of how it affects your
    eBay listings. Please feel free to visit the following URL at your
    earliest convenience:


    I understand that you have seen other listings on the site that may be
    in violation of this same policy. Please know that this does not mean
    that these auctions have been deemed acceptable by eBay. With several
    million auction listings on the site at any given time, it is not always
    feasible for us to be aware of all of the listings in violation.

    This is why we rely heavily upon our members to report listings that
    they believe to be in violation. This is one of the most efficient ways
    to bring violating listings to our attention if we have not already
    caught them in our own proactive searches on the site.

    If you should wish to report future items which you believe to be in
    violation, you can do so through the webform by following the
    instructions below:

    1) Visit: http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/listing-ov.html

    2) From the list of policies presented, click the link for the most
    appropriate listing policy which you believe the reported listing

    3) Once the policy page is displayed, scroll to the bottom of that page
    and click the link labeled: "Report listing violations or problems with
    another eBay member".

    4) When the 'Self-Help Webform' is displayed, enter the item number you
    are reporting.

    I do appreciate your patience and understanding regarding this matter.
    Please do not hesitate to write back to us with any further questions
    you might have. I wish you continued success on eBay.

    Kind Regards,

    eBay Community Watch
  14. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Active Member

    ...Well, at least they were able to give you something of a dignifed answer on there. It makes some sense. I guess. Hope it works out for you in the long run Tztz.

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