I haven't used eBay in over a year, but I'm moving and decided to get rid of some extraneous crap that I had lying around. First, I posted an auction for a large set of Star Wars ROTJ and ANH storyboards that I'd had for a couple years. A couple hours after I post the auction I got an e-mail: "WARNING: auction removed." Hmmm. OK, wonder what that could be. Turns out my auction violated some copyright rule that eBay had set up. Funny, these items didn't violate the rules when I bought them off of eBay a couple years ago, but rules change. Fine. I emailed them with an explanation of why I thought my auction had been removed unfairly (as per their message) and posted links to 4 other auctions that were currently offering essentially the same thing: copies made from production storyboards that were in PRIVATE hands, not pirated or secreted out of the studio. The auto-reponse (of course) from eBay just gave me a bunch of links to rules that I had already read. Nowhere was my case covered explicitly. E-mailed back hoping to get a real person; no dice. Work got busy and I forgot about it. I did a little research about what the eBay illegal auction robots were looking for and figured that my wording may have triggered it (I had the words "Star Wars", "copies", "ILM", plus some others that may have triggered the no-no police). I had also heard that eBay was a little more sensitive with Lucasfilm material. There are usually dozens of auctions for copies of Terminator and Aliens storyboards (again, photocopies of studio material that is in private collections). I did notice that sellers are fairly cautious about explicitly stating that in the auctions. So, I get back on tonight to re-list with some massaged item descriptions. I was going to just keep 'em, but there are 600+ storyboards and they are heavy so I reconsidered. I go to the Sell an Item link and get a "Credit Card/Bank Validation" screen asking me to validate my account with a credit card before I can list. Funny, this didn't happen two weeks ago when I listed some other items. Must've clicked on the wrong link. Go back and try again: same result. What?!? I know they did this a few years back before you were allowed to register, but I've had an eBay account since early 1998 so I was grandfathered in the first time they made people do it. I've got a +67 feedback rating that is ALL positive, not a neutral in the bunch. And now they want my credit card, or even worse bank account number, for "verification" purposes? I don't think so. I don't give that stuff out online unless I'm actually buying something. So now I can't list anything. This sucks. And I can't find an announcement of any sort on their site, nor any eBay spam in my email stating similar(although I have deleted a lot of the latter in the past year because of all of the scam artists trying to do the same). When did they change this? Could it be because they removed one of my auctions and now I'm flagged as a potentially shady seller? Anyone else had to do this recently? What really ticks my off is that I didn't have to do this two weeks ago. Arrrgghh!! Sorry abour the rant. Needed to get that off my chest.