I tried to log into my AdShip account through eBay today and noticed something strange. The application seems to no longer exist on eBay. (For those who are unaware AdShip is an eBay app that pays you for including an ad in your invoices to buyers.) Thinking it was a technical glitch of some sort I decided to head directly to the AdShip home page. However, there is now no longer anyway to log in only to register which is strange. Then I found it:
It seems AdShip’s model of advertising ran into a major glitch and now they want to skip out on paying what they owe. The way the system was set up AdShip would notify the buyer when an item was shipped via an email with an embedded advertisement. The seller was then obligated to include an invoice with the package that had the same advertisement. However, AdShip’s system couldn’t ever really guarantee that the buyer would get the invoice. The honor system came into play on that portion of the deal. Many sellers probably did include the required invoice. Some sellers who never include invoices though may have skipped this step knowing that AdShip had no way of enforcing it. At some point advertisers must have come to the realization that they weren’t getting everything they were promised. Instead of owning up to their mistakes and the flaws in their system AdShip decided to go another route and just shut up shop entirely. Now they are forcing eBay sellers to go through some screening process to get funds for transactions that were already verified by AdShip. This is a huge mistake as eBay sellers really liked this service and ads were still getting through (through email at least). A better solution would be to upgrade the software to track when the invoices are printed before verifying a transaction. Everyone loses with the way they are handling this eBay sellers lose a service that helps lowers cost and AdShip loses credibility and trust with the businesses they need to make their advertising model work.