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Am I the only one who has stopped selling on Ebay since the whole "sellers not allowed to leave negative feedback thing?"

(26 Posts)
MillyMoop Wed 10-Sep-08 21:15:54

It's like all the crappy loony buyers are now out in force just becasue they can get away with it.

MillyMoop Wed 10-Sep-08 21:16:51

That would be "because", damn my dodgy digits!!

forevercleaning Wed 10-Sep-08 21:19:46

me - gone right off them. For lots of different reason and the feedback rubbish is one of them.

What is the p;oint of positive feedback with a negative worded comment? All it means is you have to read right through their feedback at the comments to guage an idea of whether they are reputable or not, and I certainly dont have time to do that.

mrswotzisnotin Wed 10-Sep-08 21:21:13

I had been using ebay for years, not now, I think it lost it's way some time ago.

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Wed 10-Sep-08 21:22:25

I've closed my shop. Can't be bothered to argue with people over peanuts. I have 100% feedback, but with the nutters unscrupulous out in force now I can't face the hassle.

MrsSnape Wed 10-Sep-08 21:25:46

I've been put right off. I never had any trouble from buyers before but since this no-neg-feedback thing came in I have had 2 buyers out-bidding genuine bidders on purpose with no intentions of paying and a buyer insisting that something I sold her was broken when I knew full well it wasn't.

I'm just getting rid of the last few things I have then I'm staying away from ebay. By time they take their fees anyway you hardly make any money.

Ebay MUST have noticed the ammount of non-paying buyers since all this started, surely?

MillyMoop Wed 10-Sep-08 21:28:59

I've never had so many non payers as I have since it came into force.

expatinscotland Wed 10-Sep-08 21:31:00

i left last year after finding out the hard way how buyers can use PayPal to stiff sellers, although i did get my money back eventually.

i still sell bits and bobs, but use Gumtree, boot sales and cards in shops. occassionally, AdTrader or the local paper.

you get the cash and the buyer goes away.

MsPontipine Thu 11-Sep-08 11:19:16

I'm still selling my few bits - and I would say I've noticed a drop in sales but that's maybe due to the current economic climate generally anyway - hoping it'll pick up towards Xmas.
I would have to say tho I have noticed no real change in my buyers behaviour since the change - very minimal non payers and everyone's still happy with my items and service which is still reflected in my 100% positive . . . . . for now. Maybe the sort of items I sell brings out the best kind of buyer!

FrazzledFairyFay Thu 11-Sep-08 11:21:17

I've stopped as well. Just not worth it anymore.

crokky Thu 11-Sep-08 11:24:00

I've stopped mostly - used to sell lots of bits for family etc, have over 1000 stars all pos, but am totally fed up with it. Just sell the odd thing now and then.

squilly Thu 11-Sep-08 12:31:53

I can't afford to stop, if you know waht I mean! It's costing me more and more to trade but the alternative, going back to work, is just not attractive!

It is getting harder and harder, though. I'm just trying Ebid right now. Smaller audience, less chance of selling, but hey...ebay (or Feebay as they are lovingly known) started somewhere!

southeastastra Thu 11-Sep-08 12:34:09

no still sell (dp does) have had alot of gried but still have alot of honest buyers

furrycat Thu 11-Sep-08 13:05:45

Just "sold" my first thing on ebay on Sunday night and the buyer hasn't paid up or contacted me. Am I being over-hasty or do you think they're just not going to bother?

MrsSnape Thu 11-Sep-08 14:19:55

In my recent experience, they won't bother.

What is their feedback like?

squilly Thu 11-Sep-08 14:19:56

Hi furrycat...You can send a reminder 7 days after the auction ends, if I remember rightly. It's hard to tell whether this individual will pay or not.

I had a woman begging me to end an auction early, as her daughter desparately wanted the item. So...I ended it and then the daft woman doesn't bother to contact me again. That was 3 weeks ago. No contact, no money, no bloody point!

Why would anyone do this??? What thrill can it give? A generous part of me thinks, maybe she didn't have the money. The mean part of me thinks, then she should f*ing ask me for stuff!!!!

The galling thing is this woman could leave me negative feedback if she wanted to. And I can do nothing....

Hey ho.... It's Hobsons Choice with Ebay. Why the monopolies commission don't have them under scrutiny is beyond me.

squilly Thu 11-Sep-08 14:21:08

Sorry...she should NOT ask me for stuff. She can ask me for stuff if she wants but my next step might be to tell her to poke it!

furrycat Thu 11-Sep-08 20:28:56

Squilly, she's only bought one thing before - good feedback

furrycat Thu 11-Sep-08 20:30:48

Sorry, meant MrsSnape (though thanks for comments too, Squilly)

MrsSnape Fri 12-Sep-08 08:09:11

A woman with 0 feedback bid on two of my items and pushed the price right up to more than they would normally go for. That's when I started to suspect she had no real intention of buying them. Needless to say she never did pay. I logged a non-payer dispute earlier this week and she's still not replied to that. Bloody time wasters.

Louise18 Fri 12-Sep-08 17:23:18

I've been selling (and buying) on eBay for years and have always been a big fan, but I've gone right off them this year. I had an eBay shop as an extra outlet for my business, but I've closed it now because they've more than doubled the fees. And the seller not being allowed to give negative feedback is ridiculous - what's the point of having feedback if you can't be honest?! Why even bother giving buyers feedback then?

The problem is that it's also changing eBay for buyers, as small and hobby sellers are leaving in droves and eventually there will only be mega sellers with Buy it nows at full price - no more fun bargains!

Right, climbing back down now... blush

MillyMoop Fri 12-Sep-08 18:44:26

Ah yes but then ebay will die a death because there will be no point shopping on there then, you would get better bargains on Amazon if that happened.

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Fri 12-Sep-08 18:47:21

I agree Louise. I've just been sent info about ebay shops and BIN. Prices much higher (double) and big sellers get more prominent listings. I like buying from hobby sellers (find service is often better) - I'll be lucky to be able to even find their listings. And I'll be paying more to list something that no-one will be able to find.

I use Amazon quite a bit. Much less hassle.

flubdub Sun 14-Sep-08 21:49:33

I have found though that there insertion fee's seem to be less than they used to be?
Iv just spend they last two days putting loads on ebay, and have only ust noticed that you cant leave negative feedback, thats CRAZY! Im quite mad about it tbh. whats the point of feedback at all?

Louise18 Mon 15-Sep-08 09:27:07

flubdub the insertion fees for a basic shop or no shop are only cheaper if the items you're selling are over about £5 or £10. Previously in my shop I was only paying 5p or so for smaller items, now it would be 20p if I had a basic shop (with shop fees more than doubled) or 40p without. Also final value fees are higher.

Having said all that though, I'm such a hypocrite because I've just sold a bunch of wooden train track on eBay and then spent the money on some new boots off there too!

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