The Feedback feature on eBay can be a valuable tool when deciding whether
or not to bid on an auction. Generally, if the seller has a good
rating, you can feel reasonably confident while doing business with them.
That being said, there are also drawbacks to the system as an accurate
indicator of a seller's true attitude. For example, many sellers
wait to see what kind of feedback a buyer leaves them before rating the
buyer. That's simply wrong. If a buyer pays in a timely manner,
it is the duty of the seller to say so, and give a positive feedback.
Period. I mean, come on, what else could be said about a buyer except
how quickly the bid was paid?
In turn, buyers may be deterred from being completely honest or many
times, they will simply not leave any feedback, since negative or even
neutral feedback could lead to reprisal. This distorts the satisfaction
rating of the seller, but in turn may keep a negative comment off your
Another consideration is the space limitiation. Here, I can use
all the words it takes to describe the transaction. Thankfully, most
of my comments thus far have been positive.
So as you can see, there had to be a better way. I understand
there are other sites that feature similar information. This is simply
a brief summation of many of my personal eBay transactions. It is
not fully complete at this time, and continues to evolve as my time allows.
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