When conducting research into the current selling prices of items on eBay a recent batch of searches produced a high degree of no items found on eBay. Yet the same search on Google produced eBay related links.
This means eBay is hiding the results from appearing within their own search engine. The problem with these Google search results is that they are a mixture of current items, completed items and items no longer available on eBay. Customers are not going to go to Google and weed through the results - they expect to find what they want via eBay’s own search engine.
Under eBay’s user agreement eBay can completely hide your item from searches. Even though you waste your money and pay them to “promote” your item they can also hide your item. Of course if eBay hides your item they can also make more money over time via various fees.
Unfortunately eBay is no longer the market leader. Its not the late 1990s and early 2000s any longer. Its the lowball marketplace. If you sell vintage unique items you will find your items being purchased to be resold on other sites for more money. Such buyers use the Watch feature to con you into lowering your price even further to increase their profit margin. Some of these buyers don’t even bother to hide their intentions as you can easily find their off ebay resell sites via their name or other information.