Yeah, I've had my eye on these upcoming changes that link Richelle posted relates to.
It's a very pointed attack on smaller sellers, and as Don says will seriously impact on small Drop Shippers especially, making them an endangered species on ebay!
Ebay has highlighted their interest in curbing drop ship sales on the site on more than one occasion, so this feels like it's pointed in that direction. Having said that they could do far more, and I actually believe that it is incumbent on them to inact a policy that enforces drop shipped products to be identified as such.
Now I know that won't make many droop shippers very happy lol, but as a consumer, you should have the right to know if you are dealing with a seller who actually holds the item or if you are dealing with an agent on-selling for someone else.
That information is completely valid in making a purchasing decision, and why ebay does not have a policy to cover that is completely beyond me, especially when they are doing their level best to drop the anchor on the method of drop shipping in general.
A policy black hole in this situation effects buyers for sure, however why ebay still refuses to protect sellers buy providing some sort of customer verification rating system completely stuns me. Sellers are this companies most valuable asset, yet they are treated like they have the plaque.
Constantly having to meet new selling criteria and then just left completely open to fraud and abuse from dog customers who enjoy the thrill of destroying someone's feedback, and putting their entire account in peril.
If it wasn't so damn insane it would be hugely amusing, but again, just another example of ebay policy that is completely of the rails and still accelerating!
Now that I'm back on the site again I am starting to remember why the hell I left in the first place lol. No doubt in my mind, ebay is a great stepping stone, if you can manage to get that step now, but it's no longer a viable long term solo enterprise solution.
Anyone not establishing their business outside of ebay asap is running a serious risk of losing their business all together!