In my case, two auctions were cancelled simply because I mentioned in the listing that I had a simultaneous auction for a Colnago frameset. Trialtir has been unable to explain how that usage infringes on their (or Colnago's) rights, but they are unwilling to call off the eBay police.
Not very nice.
Kerrigan Bennett Oakland, CA
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [CR]Trialtir USA case - explanation of background Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 22:23:01 +0000
This leads to Trialtir having Ebay cancel auctions simply because of the mention of the word Colnago in the description or title text. This occurs both for those descriptions where the use of the word Colnago is patently an example of keyword spamming, as well as those descriptions of items where the use of the word Colnago is a key element in defining the product for sale. Keyword spamming, which is effectively adding a totally unrelated word to a title or description solely to attract ebayers to an auction, is clearly not permitted according to ebay rules. On the other hand, an accusation of keyword spamming related to the mention that a given part was removed from a Colnago bike or was used as original equipment on a Colnago seems to me rather extreme. Even more so, when the vendors' right to sell their own property is blocked or interfered with. It therefore becomes a restraint of trade issue.