Saturday, February 12, 2005
eBay: Is there anything they don't sell?
eBay has seized on this opportunity to advertise based on nearly every keyword, on the assumption that given their size, they are auctioning a similar product. That is, you type "cars" and you will see an ad saying come to eBay for cars.
Unfortunately, this is one of those examples where fully-automated technology fails, badly.
The following are completely genuine ads which I have captured. They were generated for a search of the corresponding term. Try it, it's fun.
First off: eBay selling brutal death:
Okaaay... But wait, there's more:
Admittedly I can see how there may be some perverted market for that sort of thing but this?:
eBay isn't buying these keywords, members of their affilate program are, and eBay doesn't keep track of where the links are coming from, just which affiliate should get paid if that user buys something, etc.