Thursday, March 3, 2016

Portals May No Longer Pay Out for eBay Gift Cards on eBay

HT: @joeyredmond

eBay has sent a notice out to their affiliates that they are no longer considering purchases of eBay gift cards to be a revenue sales and are therefore not going to pay a commission on those sales

I don't know the ins and outs of portals but my understand is that many portals use a similar program for tracking of sales.  If true, this would mean that portals would no longer pay out for purchases of eBay Gift Cards.

The truth is that portals already exclude eBay Gift Cards from cashback but in practice many times you still get cashback for that.  This may no longer be true after March 6th.  Time will tell.

Here is the whole email:

Dear Valued Publisher,

We wanted to inform you of changes being rolled out regarding eBay gift cards, and to let you know how these changes may affect your affiliate promotions.

Beginning March 6, 2016eBay will no longer count sales of eBay-branded gift cards within checkout metrics, as they will no longer be counted as revenue-generating items for eBay. What this means for our partners is that you will no longer be able to earn affiliate commissions by driving sales of eBay-branded gift cards after March 6.

While no other merchant gift cards sold on eBay are affected by this change, you should be aware that gift cards in general can result in little to no affiliate commissions based oneBay’s revenue on these products. Because we want to make sure you are maximizing your affiliate earnings, we also want to remind you that products which earn little to no affiliate commissions include items sold by charities, extended warranties, and occasionally items sold on eBay Stores with seller fee promotions.

We welcome any questions regarding these changes at Thank you for your continued partnership.

eBay Partner Network