maxmoritz - 5:24 pm on Oct 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
How many products did you have? Were you using mostly manufacturer descriptions?
We've got about 2,500 products. And no, we are not using manufacturer descriptions. I did a fairly detailed guest post on SEOBook regarding freeing an e-commerce site from Panda. We removed all product pages actually...so all products are only listed on category pages, in order to decrease total page numbers and "low content" pages. It worked. Until it just failed!
Were your listings replaced by competition or were they replaced by non-commercial/informational sites?
They were primarily replaced by a combination of big box stores and competitors (many with very low quality sites)...both with a far smaller selection, worse usability, etc.
I may be biased, but anyone would be hard pressed to look at our site and our competitor's sites (including big box stores) and not come to the conclusion that we have the best usability and selection of products...if not design too. Our site is only 7 years old, but our business has been around for more than 30 years.
You've probably seen our products in public or on a TV show at some point in time. We sell to lots of well known companies in addition to individuals.
I can't imagine Google would want our site out of the results. But I've pretty much given up on getting back in. Google is run by careless bastards.