Non-Api eBay Flag Protection 2020

Non-API eBay Flag Protection 2020

In 2018, eBay added to its policies that it would reduce organic traffic to dropshippers. This shocking new announcement provoked many eBay sellers to give up dropshipping. 


Don’t worry, Web Seller Guru have your back!

In this article, you will find out how eBay actually discovers whether you are a dropshipper or not. You’ll also learn how to “unflag” your account. Because reduced traffic can lead to lower sales.


What eBay flagged account means?

eBay has announced that it will discover dropshippers and report on their accounts, reducing their organic impressions of their search results.

It has not been officially announced, but they have updated their policy that they will not tolerate dropshippers. You can see how one of the resellers shares their account performance.

You can see a huge drop in promoted listing sales and also a big drop in impressions. This is a 99% sign that your account is flagged.


Don’t Panic!


Web Seller Guru has a solution!

eBay will not report on accounts that appear to be managed by human activity – without any software.

The problem with this is that it is actually impossible to work that way and earn real profits without software that helps you manage your dropshipping business.

So how do you save time and still stay “under the radar” on eBay?

There are tools that allow you to do the work and works as a manual (Non-API) dropshipping software.

In fact, this means that you will simply install something in your browser that will make eBay assume that someone is manually running the stores.

With this method, if eBay verifies the software tools that are associated with your account, they will not find related dropshipping software.

This is because non-API solutions work without eBay’s remark.

With Web Seller Guru Non-API software you will be able to still list your items easily and it will track them, so you can be sure that you wont sell on a loss or sell out of stock item.


How to avoid being flagged from eBay?


  1. You can protect your account from being flagged using Non-API function. 
  1. You can work manually, but then your store will need your attention almost 24/7. eBay will not flag accounts that appear to be managed by human activity – without dropshipping software.


Can you “Unflag” your eBay account?


There is no 100% answer to this question. A lot of people that get the flag are leaving the business and we still don’t have enough data to tell you if theres a way or not. 

We have clients that “unflagged” their accounts two-three months after using our Non-API function.

Here is an example of one account being “unflagged” after he started using Non-API.

How long does it take for eBay to flag an account? 

eBay usually flags accounts after approximately three to six weeks after the first sale. However not 100% of the dropshippers are flagged. eBay flag accounts on “waves”. This mean that every month they are making their research and cut the traffic for a bunch of sellers. No one is insured. 

Is copying and pasting eBay titles tell the eBay that you are a dropshipper?

Absolutely YES!

We all know these dropshippers that steal titles and descriptions from other sellers. Also, placing a copy of Amazon or a different supplier titles and descriptions would result the same. eBay can detect repetitive texts and can easily understand that you are a dropshipper. So you have to create unique titles and descriptions (as long as the list allows) to give you a less chance of being flagged.

Delivery of your products from different places

After uploading a tracking on eBay they know from where you are sending the package. Different shipment points are just a sign that you are not sending items from your home or business address, but you are most likely a dropshipper.

Like any business, there would be some difficulties and problemes ,but the dropshipping business will never end. The rules just change and we have to adapt if we still want to make money. The faster we adapt, the better we will be as a online entrepreneurs.

We hope you find this article helpful.

Remember – Web Seller Guru will always be you partner and we will take care of your problems.

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How to deal with the automatic returns of eBay

How to deal with the automatic returns of eBay?

Following eBay’s Autumn Seller Release in 2018, eBay introduced automatic returns. They even put this out as a separate announcement board post. 

“As we recently announced, we’re making further improvements to the returns experience on eBay. Today a large number of returns may require the buyer to wait multiple days before they can access a return label. This drives buyer anxiety, churn and an increased likelihood of the buyer asking eBay to step in to help. As a result, we’ll be increasing the frequency in which the buyer will have immediate access to a label on domestic returns, regardless of why they want to return the item. This means that when a buyer opens an ‘Item not as described’ return request, it will be automatically accepted if it’s within the seller’s offered return window. We’ll be rolling out these changes over this year, starting on September 17th, and will listen to your feedback as we ramp up this new functionality.”

– eBay

A lot of sellers aren’t particularly happy with this change, because of the way how returns will be processed. From the seller’s perspective, eBay is trying to take control over seller’s return experiences and to be able to make a decision on a case by case basis.

The current eBay seller return options are few:

  • Send the buyer a message if you need more information
  • Refund the buyer / they keep the item
  • Offer a partial refund and allow them to keep the item
  • Accept the return

eBay Automated return option

  • RMA number – let eBay know whether you would like to include an RMA number to each return label.
  • Send a refund – Buyer keeps the item and the seller has to fully refund them
  • Approve a return – Automatically approve a return based on the price and the reason for it.

A lot of eBay sellers are not happy with this update as I mentioned before. They are frightened that the buyers will choose the “Significantly Not As Described” option as a way to get free postage for the return. This will ultimately impact sellers leading to 4% surcharges”

Also “Buyers will abuse returns using it as a try before you buy service”

What should you do? 

It is impossible to disable the automatic return function, so as dropshippers we need to find other solutions and a way to work with these returns.

For this to happen, we must do two things:

1) Make buyers understand that we want them to contact us to get a label

2) Send our buyers a shipping label manually, so they can send us the items using this specific label

3) Go to eBay return settings and turn on the RMA option. RMA stands for Return Merchandise Authorization number. This will allow you to provide a return label and you won’t be charged for an expensive one from eBay. As a dropshipper, this is very important because we get our labels for free from the supplier.

eBay is putting a lot of obstacles in front of sellers, but we need to learn how to deal with them. Every business has problems and dropshipping is no exception, but with every solved problem we are getting stronger.