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    ABW Ambassador flamingoworld's Avatar
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    Not sure where to put this so here goes:

    http://pages.ebay.com/affiliate/index.html
    On this page it says:

    *eBay is not accepting affiliates who reward, give points, or offer sweepstakes/lotteries to their users in compensation for registering or bidding on eBay. eBay.com is accepting only U.S. based affiliates at this time.

    Yet eBay is listed on :
    EBATES
    IGive.com
    MyPoints.com
    SchoolPop.com
    SchoolCash.com

    How are these sites allowed to be in the program when they obviously give points and/or rewards

    Connie Berg
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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    Simple Connie. eBay, like the networks, make exceptions to their rules when they smell mass reach and profits.

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    ABW Ambassador flamingoworld's Avatar
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    I did email them and let you guys know what I hear back.

    Seems the rules only apply if you are a little guy! Merchants will throw us out of their programs with no warning, but the parasites and big guys get tons of notice and the courtesy of phone calls to talk about it.

    Connie Berg
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    pph Expert! Gordon's Avatar
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    I also suspect the parasites often get inside help on how to divert and steal our sales without us affiliates knowing.

    Travel safe
    Gordon
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    ABW Ambassador flamingoworld's Avatar
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    Got a reply:

    Dear Connie,

    Thank you for your message.
    Please note that every merchant affiliate program makes exceptions when considering to create a new affiliate relationship with a web site. We have made exceptions with these web sites and are satisfied with the strong business relationship we have together.

    If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us further.

    Best regards,

    Damien
    eBay Affiliate Team

    Connie Berg
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    ABW Ambassador phillyburbs's Avatar
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    Well, on the upside, they did respond to the e-mail rather quickly and in a suprisingly (even refreshingly) direct manner. You have to appreciate that.

    That being said, I have to say that the ethics displayed here are, at best, questionable, and, at worst, reprehensible. Why doesn't eBay just come out and say they will only accept such sites if they meet X criteria (with X being traffic or some other metric)?

    I'm constantly flabbergasted at the lack of basic principles displayed by so many businesses today.



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    Domain Addict / Formerly known as elbowcreek Thomas A. Rice's Avatar
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    WOW, makes me wonder how many reversed leads and buy now leads ended up in the wrong hands.

    Eh, makes me glad I stopped sending traffic their way. At one time I had over 12,000 keywords, targetted towards specific buyers driving traffic to ebay.

    Now I have 0.

    That's a real money maker for them, ain't it.

    I drank what??! -Socrates

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    ABW Veteran jc101's Avatar
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    Yep exactly. had targeted auctions to about 10 pages of mine, now I stopped sending them my visitors.

    "I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want." -- Mark Twain

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    Thinking about it - legitimate affiliates stop sending clients. AM then entirely depends on parasites for turnover. AM thinks parasites are his best(and only) source. Full time score Parasite 1 : Legitimate affiliate 0.

    'I am not young enough to know everything.'
    - Oscar Wilde

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    ... and more Horse Hockey!!!!

    Never promoted Ebay, and never will!

    Viva las affiliates!

    Haiko


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