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    Darn I have 10 all positive. There giving the buyers all the power and ripping sellers.
    I've sold stuff a 100,000 volt tesla coil and some old video games . And have boughten all kinds of random stuff. Ebay going down hill they could die they just need a competitor that looks at ebay's downfalls. It is not fun since they charge through the nose for ebay fees thats like 8% then paypal then the $1.50 fee for that..
    Makes me sick.

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    Personally, I can understand where this came from. First of all, I must say, I am the best ebay buyer there is, paying within minutes of winning whatever auction I may have won. I had a deadbeat seller though, who never shipped the book I ordered. After I contacted him through ebay (half.com) and his personal email with no response, waiting a week or two later to see if the book just got caught in the mail, I gave the guy negative feedback. A week later, I got smacked back with negative feedback from him, saying, "unfair feedback, i did not know there was a problem, no email no nothing."

    Now, you might say, "maybe he didn't receive your emails." But I can assure you he did. I applied for a refund through half.com (a branch of ebay used for selling books), and in order for that to occur, you have to have proof that you contacted the seller, and half.com contacts them as well. I really didn't deserve that negative feedback, and only received it because I gave the deadbeat negative feedback. No way to clear it, I just have to live with it. So I guess in making it so that sellers can't give negative feedback protects good buyers like me from having to worry about giving negative feedback to deadbeat sellers. What is worse, being a seller and not being able to send away your sale, or sending in your money and not getting anything for it? I think it is more important to be a responsible seller then a responsible buyer. Guaranteed, a bad buyer can be annoying, but a bad seller can run away with your money.
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    I think I read that if you have a buyer that doesn't pay and leaves negative feedback, you can get the feedback taken off somehow. You're just stuck with a temporary negative.

    The real problem I can see is people with private feedbacks going around and leaving negatives for fun. I doubt it will happen, but sellers would never know until they're hit with a negative.

    Personally, I'd be more than willing to take my business to another eBay-like site that doesn't pocket so much of my money. But there just doesn't seem to be any decent alternatives, at least not that I know of.

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    Yes there have been many changes to ebay that happened a few months ago. You should reread all buyers and sellers rules to get up to date. Personally, I have felt the need to leave negative feedback to some sellers. The unprofessional ones have sometimes left me retaliatory negative feedback along with a message something along the lines of them accidentally clicking negative instead of positive, and that if I withdraw my negative all will be corrected. People like that are to blame for the inadequate changes in ebay. Just be careful who you buy from and you wont end up contacting state and local government agencies to resolve issues like Ive done.

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    The whole things sucks. 96% is a terrible score to have on ebay and you shouldn't buy from them, despite 96 being such a high number.

    Now most people will have 98 - 100% scores and you won't know who's good and who's bad.

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    I had an issue very similar to DaveyJones. A seller said he sent me my item but after 2 weeks it didn't arrive. After repeated attempts to contact him, he finally responded & said he would send a 2nd item. More weeks go by & I didn't receive anything. Once again, he doesn't respond to many emails (I suspect that he was busy & never sent anything both times as he was very willing to offer a refund). Finally, in frustration, I ask for a refund and submit a negative review. Within an hour, I had my 1st negative feedback. An hour or so after that, he submits an offer to remove his feedback if I remove mine.

    Basically he held my perfect rating hostage to ensure I wouldn't impact his - even though he deserved it. Since eBay ratings are so important, after much pondering, I gave in and accepted his offer. I don't know what the correct answer is but evidently many sellers have been holding buyers hostage in the same manner...
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    Yes, paying immediately is the best thing any buyer can do. Most of my buys are buy it now cos I'm too impatient to wait a week for an auction to end.

    If you get a refund there's no reason to leave a negative feedback, that's actually pretty crummy. The seller is the one who's eating the cost for non-paying bidders, listing fees, final value fees.

    I always wait for buyers to leave feedback on their item before I do, now theres no point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    If you get a refund there's no reason to leave a negative feedback
    I totally disagree. Even though I got a refund, I still feel I need to warn other people that this seller is a potential deadbeat. If I had known beforehand that I would be getting the shaft and would have to wait around, go through the trouble of applying for a refund, waiting, etc., I would definitely not have made my purchase through that seller. Even though I got a refund, the seller still did not live up to his end of the bargain, and definitely does not deserve to be provided positive feedback.
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