eBay is getting stupider and stupider.

{mosimage}So I sold something on eBay today for the first time in I can’t even remember how long. My item sold just hours after I listed it with the “Buy it now” option. So yeah, I’m pretty happy about that. And she paid right away, so that was good. So I went to leave feedback for her, and there was this popup message in the page saying that buyers can no longer leave neutral or negative feedback. Come again?

They claim it’s to encourage honesty from buyers, because SOME buyers were concerned that if they were honest, the seller would leave them negative feedback. Well come on, what about the seller’s right to be honest? What if the buyer really sucked, was rude about everything, or never paid, or never contacted them, or something like that?

Now don’t get me wrong. I was going to leave positive feedback for my buyer anyway. And I’m normally a firm believer in the old saying “the customer is always right.” But this is going WAY too far.

I have a better idea. Why don’t they just ask both parties for their honest feedback, and not make any of it public till they’ve both given it? Secret ballot type thing. But oh no, they can’t do that. That would actually make sense. And they’re not after sense, they’re after dollars. Ha ha ha ha…please don’t shoot me. But yeah, you can’t trust a company when it does things like that, and say you can only use OUR system of payment (or tries to and gets kicked back by the ACCC) when all along you’ve had a choice of several options.

So I think this will be my last eBay transaction.

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