Tuesday, April 15, 2008

More on the Best Match Hack!

In case you haven't heard yet, Best Match was hacked by sellers using duplicate valuable keywords to increase their listing weight in Best Match. The following title is used most often to describe the "hack": New New New New WII 5 5 5 5 5.

Common sense would suggest that this loophole in the program would have been one of the first items fixed before launched and according to item #7 in the instructions for the BayEstimator tool it was: "Remember, excessive use of any keyword by a large number of sellers will automatically act to reduce its desirability/distinguishability on eBay."

So what went wrong? How was this "hack" possible? What will be the next "hack?

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