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what the eBay team found—overall, there was no appreciable decline in sales of eBay listings in the part of the country where Google ad purchases were shut off.
I think it clearly sends a signal to others that if you want organic results, you have to "pay up" or you will be booted
They needed ye Old plausible deniability after ebay has been running AdWords for almost 14 years. I've heard it is well over a billion that they spent.
Perhaps the connection can be clarified for those of use who can't see that connection?
A pattern is emerging...
Anyone who is expecting google to behave in a manner not consistent with a profit driven business is living a dream.
EBay Adwords were terrible
so the fact that Google is a "profit-driven business" is beside the point.
Google has not been showing outdated/expired/over listings for 4 years.