When eBay announced last year that sellers could no longer leave a buyer negative feedback, I knew it was a bad move. There are just too many newbies on ebay who may not read the entire description, receive the item , and if it's not exactly as they imagined it would be....bam! The seller receives a negative and theres nothing they can do about it. Some buyers take 2-3 weeks to pay, but guess what? The seller cannot leave them a negative. If the buyer receives a damaged item which was a result from careless handling, they can also leave a negative without even contacting the seller. Many long time sellers left immediately after the feedback change, but many stayed until they realized that eBay simply isn't looking out for the sellers anymore. They have lost many great sellers from this, and just yesterday I heard from a friend who has been a member since 2000. Her account was suspended without notice, for leaving a comment on her buyer's feedback list. Since she could not leave her a negative, she left the positive mark, (while gritting her teeth, I'm sure),but she left a comment that did not sit well with the buyer. The buyer then contacted eBay and the rest is history. You can read about it here. No warning, just flat out suspended her account.
eBay was a great place at one time...back in 2000. It isn't so great now , in my opinion. People have so many other options to sell their goods. Sell from your own web site or Etsy. I'm sure there are others, but you get the picture. By the time eBay charges you listing fees, final value fees, pay pal fees....is it really worth it? I guess it depends on what you are selling, but for a lot of sellers, it simply isn't worth the hassle.
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