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Google Shopping to Censor All Gun, Ammo & Accessories Results

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Chee-to, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It appears to be googleshopping.com only, regular google still works....
    Google Shopping policies - Google Merchant Center Help

    Our goal is to help users find merchants that offer excellent shopping experiences. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to suspend temporarily or permanently the accounts of merchants that we believe may not meet commonly accepted minimum standards for customer service and/or business practices.

    Failure to adhere to the following policies will result in your account being suspended or disabled.
    IMPORTANT: All products submitted to Google Shopping must adhere to Google AdWords policies
    Review the AdWords policies carefully and ensure your products comply to them.

    In addition to the Google AdWords policies, the following Google Shopping policies apply:

    Your links, website and landing pages

    Your product data

    Family status

    Unacceptable product categories
    Affiliates, cataloged drop-shipping programs, and multi-level marketing

    The promotion of affiliate or pay-per-click links, products sold through a commission-based relationship, or sites that bulk list products fulfilled through drop-ship consolidators is not allowed. This includes item pages that are made up almost entirely of advertisements, or pages where advertisements obstruct the view of the submitted product. The promotion of multi-level marketing (MLM) business products is also not permitted, such as businesses that recruit members and offer them rewards for recruiting others and/or selling services
    Services

    Services are not allowed on Google Shopping.
    Examples of listings disallowed:

    Event tickets
    Subscriptions, such as magazine subscriptions or any kind of service subscription.
    Online courses

    Other prohibited categories

    The following products are not allowed on Google Shopping:

    Vehicles
    Guns, ammunition and knives
    Tobacco and cigarettes
    Traffic devices (Learn more)
    Products related to casino and gambling
    Products or digital goods that require additional software installation in order to be purchased.
    Products bundled with service plans. (Note: The only products that are allowed to be submitted with a service plan are mobile devices.)

    Google email to merchants...

    Dear Merchant,

    We're writing to let you know about some upcoming changes to the product listings you submit to Google. As we recently announced, we are starting to transition our shopping experience to a commercial model that builds on Product Listing Ads. This new shopping experience is called Google Shopping. As part of this transition, we'll begin to enforce a set of new policies for Google Shopping in the coming weeks. A new list of the allowed, restricted, and prohibited products on Google Shopping is available on our new policy page - Google Shopping policies - Google Merchant Center Help.

    Based on a review of the products you're currently submitting, it appears that some of the content in your Merchant Center account, HamLund Tactical, will be affected by these policy changes. In particular we found that your products may violate the following policies:

    Weapons

    When we make this change, Google will disapprove all of the products identified as being in violation of policies. We ask that you make any necessary changes to your feeds and/or site to comply, so that your products can continue to appear on Google Shopping.


    To help you through this new set of policies and how to comply with them, we would like to give you some specific suggestions regarding the changes needed to keep your offers running on Google Shopping.

    Weapons

    As highlighted on our new policy page Google Shopping policies - Google Merchant Center Help, in order to comply with the Google Shopping policies you need to comply first with the AdWords policies AdWords Policy Center - Advertising Policies Help. We do not allow the promotion or sale of weapons and any related products such as ammunitions or accessory kits on Google Shopping. In order to comply with our new policies, please remove any weapon-related products from your data feed and then re-submit your feed in the Merchant Center. For more information on this policy please visit Weapons - Advertising Policies Help.

    We're constantly reviewing our policies, and updating them when necessary, to ensure we're offering the best experience possible to our users. We've identified a set of policy principles to govern our policy efforts on Google Shopping in the U.S. These principles are:

    1) Google Shopping should provide a positive experience to users. Showing users the right products at the right time can truly enhance a user's experience. When people trust us to deliver them to a destination that's relevant, original, and easy to navigate this creates a positive online experience to the benefit of both users and merchants.

    2 ) Google Shopping should be safe for all users. User safety is everyone's business, and we can't do business with those who don't agree. Scams, phishing, viruses, and other malicious activities on the Internet damage the value of the Internet for everyone. Trying to get around policies or "game the system" is unfair to our users, and we can't allow that.

    3) Google Shopping should comply with local laws and regulations. Many products and services are regulated by law, which can vary from country to country. All advertising, as well as the products and services being advertised, must clearly comply with all applicable laws and regulations. For the most part, our policies aren't designed to describe every law in every country. All advertisers bear their own responsibility for understanding the laws applicable to their business. Our policies are often more restrictive than the law, because we need to be sure we can offer services that are legal and safe for all users.

    4) Google Shopping should be compatible with Google's brand decisions. Google Shopping must be compatible with company brand decisions. Our company has a strong culture and values, and we've chosen not to allow ads that promote products and services that are incompatible with these values. In addition, like all companies, Google sometimes makes decisions based on technical limitations, resource constraints, or requirements from our business partners. Our policies reflect these realities.

    We've given much thought to our stance on this content, as well as the potential effect our policy decision could have on our Merchants, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

    Sincerely,

    The Google Shopping Team
     
  2. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    This policy hasn't really changed in a number of years. Though, it seems to be enforced very haphazardly. Not to mention, some of the lines they draw are kind of thin. Optics are OK, but rail to mount the optic on the rifle isn't OK.

    While I disagree with the policy, personally I respect them for having the balls to follow their own culture and value, even if it loses them money. They drew their own line, and until their stock holders force them to change it, they are holding to that line. Kind of what the whole constitution is about, isn't it?

    M
     
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  3. Darkker

    Darkker Mesa, Wa Active Member

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    I totally agree.
    This isn't new.
    But at least they are up-front about it, and are living by their choice.
     
  4. robertg

    robertg Sandy Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I use Google as little as possible anyway, I hate being tracked on everything I search for. I switched to startpage.com several years ago.
     
  5. One-Eyed Ross

    One-Eyed Ross Winlock, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm another person who stopped using Google as much as possible, I also hate being tracked....
     
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  6. GED

    GED North Idaho Active Member

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    :thumbup:
     
  7. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    It's not "censorship", it's their rules. Follow them or sell elsewhere.
     
  8. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Festering turds.
     
  9. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Not that this thread started here, but on the topic of tracking...

    For those that dislike being tracked, I commend you though ponder the whole worry about it. Now if you never use a bank/check/debit card, or credit card and pay cash for everything, then maybe you aren't leaving that much of a foot print. Of course, that also means never shopping online and ordering things from catalogs. Ever return something to a store? Tracked. Speeding ticket, tracked. Pay a toll with an express pass, tracked. Turn on your computer with Windows on it, and do an update? Tracked. Download a patch for your favorite game or application, tracked. Have digital cable or dish and use pay-per-view, tracked. Use a club-card for any of the various grocery stores. The list goes on and on.

    Now, I agree all of this tracking is insane. It drives me crazy. And no, I'm not resigned to just always being tracked. Sometimes I'll go a while and pay cash only, not use coupons or club cards, and use incognito mode for Chrome, or use something like startpage.com, but in reality I prefer knowing when and when-not I'm being tracked. And just assume that someone is always tracking something I'm doing.

    To me limiting it, and having the freedom to say, if I desire, 'No, I won't use your free service which actually is the best product on the market, because you track me.'

    Not just immediately call it bad, because they track things I search for through their free service. And hey, if TV commercials were as non-invasive as Google's side bar adds or adsense, i might still have a TV... OK, maybe not. But I might think about it.

    M
     
  10. TapRackNGo

    TapRackNGo PNW Well-Known Member

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    Install Ghostery...
     
  11. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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  12. B1911

    B1911 Seattle area Member

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    Ghostery is very effective although sometimes it seems to have a nonresponsive script error. I also recommend Adblock Plus and for Firefox, NoScript.

    For privacy when searching, I recommend DuckDuckGo.

    On topic: Sometimes, I think when I'm not logged in, Google Shopping no longer shows results for guns and related products sometimes.