Originally Posted by ActuaryGuy23
Have you EVER sold anything on eBay? I'll assume not. Suffice it to say that I totally disagree with this.
The problem with your theory is that - in far too many cases - the real negative consequences of shady business are on the side of the seller. If a seller receives too many negative feedback ratings (by too many, I mean 2% of all feedback), they can be suspended or banned from eBay altogether. If a buyer gets negative feedback, it can have almost no impact on their being able to buy again. Short of the "three non-payment strikes", I'm not sure buyers ever get the heave ho.
In essence, this policy allows all your flamers, idiots, and crazies to exploit the buyer side because they can cause the most destruction without having to front a penny on their end. At least under the old system, sellers could alert potential buyers and other sellers that a particular negative was just some yahoo who couldn't read the listing or just is bat-5h!t crazy. Without being able to leave feedback on these trolls, I guarantee you'll see an uptick in the number of transaction disputes and non-paying bidders.
Yes plenty of times. But negative feedback to buyers isn't going to do anything. They will just create a new account for the next purchase. As a seller it's not like you have an option of who wins your auction. You don't need any feedback as a buyer. But you need feedback if you're a seller.
Don't cry about the 2% thing. If negative feedback jumps so will this percentage.
The changes will result in ebay getting more $'s via final value fees. Good sellers will still shine, and there will be less room for bad sellers. scammers will still exist until ebay makes it more difficult to get a new account(something they don't want to do). Sellers will get their protection, or the bad publicity will cut ebay's market share quickly.