Collz69 wrote:I make sure that I only buy from sellers that have photos of the actual item & have at least 99% positive feedback (although I usually go for the 100% sellers).
Unfortuately the feedback thing is heavily weighed against the sellers.
I recently sold a game via buy it now and received no payment from the seller. I contacted them twice politely requesting payment to no avail, and then had to go through a resolution process with eBay to get my final value fee refunded. I was not refunded the insertion fee, so I'm out of pocket.
That was a bad buyer that deserved bad feedback. Can I leave bad feedback? Nope.
On the other hand, I have on my eBay travels noticed buyers that leave a trail of unreasonable bad feedback on every other item they purchase. I saw one guy leaving reasons such as "slow", "avoid", on power sellers who otherwise had 1000s of positive feedback points. (Might I mention that the guy was buying U.K. items from Australia?) What repurcussions does he face? None, eBay's attitude is "freedom of speech", only to the buyers of course.
It is always wise to check a feedback rating before making a purchase, but if you do encounter a seller with bad feedback, for heaven's sake - check to see their response before writing them off. A lot of the time it can be the a case of an eBay newb thinking their first and only port of call is to leave bad feedback without even contacting the seller to seek a resoluion.