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Thread: Ask ebay to STOP puppy mill ads

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Methuen, MA; USA

    Ask ebay to STOP puppy mill ads

    I often search for my dog breed on ebay. It bothers me that, at the bottom of the page, ads for puppy mills appear.

    When I search on ebay for bichon, these ads appear at the bottom of each page:

    Bichon For Sale
    Add a lovable Bichon Frise Puppy to your family. Lifetime Guarantee.

    Bichon Frise Puppies for Sale
    White, fluffy, non-shedding coats, purebred, healthy, well-socialized.

    Bichon Frise Puppies
    Bichon Frise Puppies For Sale. Lifetime Health Guarantee.

    One interesting point: if I search “German Shepherd,” or “poodle” ads such as these do NOT appear.

    These ads do appear for Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, Labrador Retriever. I didn't check any more.

    No one can 'sell' a live animal on ebay. I want to stop these puppy mill ads on there, as well. There IS a place to submit suggestions, but it is difficult to find.

    You must be logged in to submit a suggestion.

    Home > Help Topics > New to eBay > Community Resources > Sending Suggestions to eBay

    Here is the link to the place to submit suggestions to improve ebay.

    You can say something like this:

    I am a regular on ebay. Ebay does not permit the sale of animals. When I do a search for certain breeds of dog, such as bichon, maltese, Yorkshire terrier, the ads which come up at the bottom of the page are for puppy mills. It will greatly improve ebay to discontinue these ads, and only permit ads from shelters, rescues, and the like. This would be easy for you to track at their web site extension is always .org

    If anyone can find an easier link to the suggestion place, I will be glad to edit this and include the easier link. Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Waltham, MA, USA
    The ads are provided through Yahoo's ad service. eBay would have to ban those sites through Yahoo's ad service's process. There may be a limit to how many sites they can ban. The best thing to do, when you email them, is to give very specific example, like you did here - do either a screen shot and attach that, or copy and paste entire ads. They do not know what their users see specifically, so the more information you give them, the better chance they can do something about it.
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