Doc remembers not too long ago when we could Google up a vehicles Id number (VIN). It was an easy way to see where a scam car came from. Most of the scammers usually steal their vehicle info and photos from either a closed eBay listing, or from autotrader.com.
Someone would come on the eBay Motors Discussion Board asking for advice because this car was priced so cheap. A Google VIN search quickly determined who really owned the car. And many times the buyers had not already sent the payment by Western Union to the scammer, but unfortunately many times they already had been scammed.
Which brings me to the point of this posting. It looks like Google is no longer indexing vehicle ID Numbers from eBay listings. I decided to sample random vehicles from eBay Motors to run this test. I believe if Google is not indexing the VIN i doubt they are indexing anything else in the vehicle description.
Here is an example of an eBay Motors Listing that just ended. And here is the Google Search Results on it’s VIN. Here is another example. And the Google Results. Note there is indexing from carad.com an eBay listing service, but nothing from eBay itself. Next i searched for 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT AWD and one eBay result did pop up on the 4th page. And there were no sponsored links to eBay sellers vehicles.
Ina Steiner wrote this article about eBay placement in Google Search on 09/25/2008. So what is going on behind the corporate scenes? Is there a feud going on between Google & eBay? eBay refuses to let their sellers accept Google Checkout saying it is not safe. Has Google lowered eBay’s search results to get even for that Boston Tea Party fiasco?
One thing is a fact – SEARCH IS Everything! If Google has reduced eBay’s visibility in it’s search, and add eBay’s messed up Worst Match Search it’s a wonder anyone is selling on eBay period.
Several of my associates have told me eBay Vehicle Sales have just stopped, It’s like someone turned the switch off. No emails, no phone calls, and very little visits on the page counters. Even the Exporters have quit buying off of eBay Motors. But sites like autotrader.com and cars.com are working great with lots of calls and emails from buyers around the world.
Times are bad enough now – the last thing we need is a corporate feud to bring sales to a grinding halt. If you have any information to share please add your comments below.