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ebayI got an interesting email from eBay this evening – it was a form letter that seemed to be generated from some of my buying patterns.

Site interference auto-generated email

We’re pleased to have you as part of the eBay Community. However, we are contacting you regarding a violation of eBay?s Site Interference policy.

Listings promoted on the eBay Deals have a cost factor associated with them. While we are happy to provide great deals to our customers, we do so with hopes that our customers will buy or sell other items on the site.

We have become aware of your purchase activity being focused primarily on high demand Deals items. This behavior may be consistent with inventory procurement for resell. For this reason we would like to offer our recommendation that you be considerate of the cost factor to ebay in order to provide high demand items such as the ones you have been purchasing. We understand that you may not have been aware of this policy, and we invite you to learn more about this policy at the link below in order to keep your experiences on eBay pleasant and successful.

You are still welcome to purchase from the eBay Deals section, but you are advised that buying for resell may result in action against your account. Please be aware that additional violations of this policy may result in your purchases being cancelled and a restriction of your buying privileges.

We appreciate your understanding.



I’ve been on eBay for many years, but this is the first I had heard of this.  I went to the link about “Site interference” that they shared in the email, but I actually didn’t see any additional information or guidelines (it seemed to focus mostly on things like creating multiple accounts, buying your own listings, or being deceptive when listing items.

Has anyone else ever gotten an email like this?


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