Now, those who are applying are suggesting that Bing is denying their approval without merit. The rejection emails come from firstname.lastname@example.org and read:
We appreciate your interest in the Bing Shopping program, but we regret to inform you that we will be unable to include you in the program.
The Microsoft Bing Shopping Team
Two others are reporting the same type of email on the same day. The major complaint is that after all the work to submit a valid feed, they get this short email with no details at all. One e-commerce site owner explained:
After going to the work of formatting our feed, jumping through the various hoops to join the Bing Shopping program, and waiting weeks for some type of activity, we got a very brief email... A reason or some type of explanation would have been nice. Has this happened to anyone else? How can bing afford to alienate merchants?
The thing is, even live merchants received this email and some suspect it might be fake. I am not sure what to believe.
If you have this problem, you may want to check out the thread.
Forum discussion at Bing Shopping Help.