Post by smhardesty on Jun 24, 2020 15:19:45 GMT -5
I just finished messaging with a seller on eBay about feedback. He sent a message to me nudging me to give him feedback. I replied that I seldom do that anymore due to the low number of feedbacks I get when buying items. We had a nice, back and forth exchange. He told me that he never leaves feedback for a buyer until the buyer leaves feedback for him. I told him I thought that was kind of strange. He assured me that a great number of sellers do the same thing.
So, I'm not given feedback for buying an item and paying for it within hours, or even minutes of the close of the auction. I'm only getting feedback for leaving them feedback. Just another argument for my claim that eBay feedback is a complete and total crock! It means nothing anymore. I regularly receive messages from sellers telling me that if I can't leave perfect scores for them, to not leave any feedback at all. I also occasionally receive printed instructions about the same thing included in the boxes I receive. They make it perfectly clear that if I even wanted to award a 4 or 3 rating in one area I shouldn't do it because that would ruin their rating with eBay.
I always try to leave a seller feedback, whether I get a return feedback or not. Currently, I think maybe twenty or so sellers down through the years haven't given me a feedback. As a seller, myself, I mostly wait until I know the item has been delivered. All my buyers have sent me feedback, and a lot of them did so before I left feedback for them.
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Post by smhardesty on Jun 24, 2020 17:18:11 GMT -5
I use to be absolutely certain to leave feedback, but I would leave honest feedback and not automatically all 5s. If everything about the deal was solid, but it took three weeks for it to get to me, I'd leave a 4 for shipping time. Sellers are adamant about not leaving anything less than a 5. eBay insists that only 5s are acceptable. So why bother? If I have no choice except leaving 5s even if there was something not quite right with the deal, isn't the feedback a crock of BS?
The fact is that once you have made your payment you have done your part of the transaction, period. If the sell waits to leave feedback about you as a buyer it means that they are waiting for favorable feedback and are not interested in whether or not you are, in fact, a good buyer. Their interest is only in whether or not you are a good feedback giver. Which is not how that system is supposed to work. The buyer has already done their part by paying promptly. There is no excuse for not giving feedback either way, however. Should not be concerned whether or not the other party left you feedback. If they did not that is on them. But if it is wrong for them to not leave feedback then it is wrong for you to do or not do the same no matter what they have done.
The sham part of eBay's feedback system is that they do not like you to be honest. If you have anything negative to say you have to jump through a bunch of hoops before you can say it publicly. That is bull shit and censorship. A buyer should be allowed to at least give a medium level response without having to go through a bunch of red-tape!
BINGO, Eric. I could not have said it better. Forget all about really negative feedback. A buyer can't provide a realistic, truthful, feedback about the transaction. Like I have said, a lot of times the seller has done everything right except maybe he took a week before he mailed the item out. In that case, I would like to be able to provide 5s for everything except shipping time and give that a 4, or maybe 3 rating. If you do that, you can usually expect a whole host of problems. There are hoops to jump through just to be honest. That's the reason I have reached the point that I won't leave feedback.