[CR]Is ebay plain stupid or do they have a game plan ?

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Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 10:53:10 +0000 (GMT)
From: Nick March <nicbordeaux@yahoo.fr>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Is ebay plain stupid or do they have a game plan ?

The header says it all, and I'll stick by it and assume full responsability . Received some mails a few weeks back from ebay.fr saying that sellers can no longer leave feedback. Or that they can leave positive feedback. Though t it was spoof and discarded it. Then this morning I open ebay and find tha t on a item I sold, I can indeed only leave positive feedback. This means t hat if I sell something to a nitpicker or a guy with a terminal chip in his shoulder, he can hit me with unjustified negative (a lot more nitpickers o ut there than one would believe), and I can do nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Now who is the overeducated genius who came up with this one ? No serious s eller is going to continue with ebay on those terms, just hit and run merch ants or kids with no idea.

Only thing I can think of is that ebay wants to bankrupt itself, because th ey make their bread from paypal, sure, where the seller gets loaded with th e charges. And from seller insertion fees and commission on final sales val ue.

My oh my, ebay, you have shot yourself in the foot, the pain will be unbear able within two months, time it will take for the totally negative effects of this "strategy" or "brainstorm decision" to hit.

OK, buyers didn't dare retaliate most of the time (myself included) with in itial negative feedback beause of a certain bad feedback from the seller, s o something had to budge. But shooting your breadwinner? Look ebay, if you need a genius to help you come up with that sort of decision, I can think o f any number of winos, wisecracks or else who'd do the job FREE. Or you can take me on, and for a very, very large sum I'll explain to you how to run your show.

In the meantime, first unjustified negative I get, I shut down my ebay acco unt, and set up my own salesfront website. Not using paypal, thank you all the same.

Can anybody come up with a logical explantion to this seemingly suicidal be havior from what was (well, still is for a small while) the most successful online auctionplace ?

Nick March, Agen, 47000, Lot et Garonne, France.