Posted by Hazel Stone | Filed under Nanny Business
eBay is pretty much indispensable in our household. Ted has a gold habit…I have a camera lens habit…and buying these things through eBay has always been generally a better deal than shopping locally or through an online retailer. Until now:
Online auction site eBay has said it plans to overhaul its feedback system and will ban sellers from leaving negative comments about buyers.
EBay said problems were occurring, and slowing down trade, when buyers left negative comments about sellers who then retaliated with their own views.
We’ve sold a few things here and there in the 7 or so years we’ve been eBay members, and as those of you who also use the service know, feedback is indispensable. It allows you to prevent shifty buyers from leaving bids they have no intention of honoring, and warn others when someone attempts to burn you, as in the case of the guy who claimed the gold coin we sold him was a fake. A perusal of his feedback showed he had tried this on a number of other buyers in the past year, all who left negative feedback to that effect (yah, we didn’t dig deep enough before accepting his bid).
But now, due to some measure of whinging, eBay is going to do away with this valuable seller’s tool completely, in the name of speeding things up? I’ve noticed no particular lag in completing transactions due to feedback. In fact, there is no lag whatsoever, as feedback is only given/received after the transaction is complete.
So, it really sounds like what eBay is actually trying to avoid are all the sales they are losing through sellers’ unreasonable desire to avoid getting screwed by unscrupulous buyers. Selfish bastard sellers.