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Online tat-house eBay has enraged some of its regular users by banning negative feedback about buyers and a demand that anyone flogging more than a certain amount from the UK must register as a business. So called "PowerSellers" will be targeted first and must register business accounts by the end of the month. eBay will also be …

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Boo Hoo E-Bay

Pubilishing your business address on all material (letterheads, business cards, advertising, websites & even in your e-mail headers !!) is a legal requirement that kicked off on 30th Jan 2007. E-bay is quite late falling into line.

All powersellers or "high volume" sellers being registered as businesses will be e-bays answer to HMG demanding tax from high volume e-bay sellers - they are simply identifying them for HMG (cheers e-bay)

Banning negative feedback.. what a f@c@ing stupid idea. Just because you can't be as@ed policing it.

So you don't get your goods.. claim on the insurance..

so the seller takes you for a ride.. claim on the insurance.

Surely it makes more sense to know if sellers and buyers are good or bad, enter a transaction with this information and only claim if you have to..

Otherwise at some point in the near future the insurance will become unclaimable.

As for tit for tat bad feedback.. THIS IS WHERE EBAY FAILS MISERABLY.. but at the end of the day somebody who has been trading for several years can expect a small amount of negative feedback, somebody who has been trading for several weeks should NOT have large amounts of negative feedback. Its how those of us who trade make intelligent decisions to do so!

Like most large American IT companies E-bay want to be fat, well paid AND Lazy..

Well as a buyer and seller for a long time I for one will not be using e-bay if they get rid of customer feedback.

There are plenty of other internet auction sites.

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@ Keith Oborn

"I once tried to trace any postal address or phone number for any Ebay business... Nothing in Europe... This outfit (via PayPal) operates a financial service ... and they still don't provide contract addresses."

From time to time I've wanted to point out to Ebay technical shortcomings of their site, the usual crap of assuming that everyone has the latest and greatest PC running the latest and greatest version of Windows via a l&g monitor the size of a Times Square billboard, with all plug-ins present and fully enabled.

Or more elementary mistakes like web pages that don't reflow properly when you tell your browser to enlarge all fonts. Or webpages that, knowing full well I'm in Canada, assume I'm in the US when they display prices.

Presumably, they'd *like* to hear about these matters.

But, no, evidently they don't. I spent a long time wandering through the thickets of Ebay webpages and never could find a simple email address to which such problems could be reported. Nor an online form for the same purpose.

I'm reminded of the amusing photograph of a cat with small candy boxes over its ears, captioned "Can't hear you...can't hear you..." ("Bad Cats" from Workman Publishing)

It seems to me that Ebay has fallen into the trap that Microsoft pioneered so splendidly, assuming that they know what the customer wants (needs?) without bothering to ask. [At this point readers can insert the anti-MS rant of their choice.]

It faintly amuses me to visualize these huge dinosaurian corporations writhing in pain after falling on the sharpened bamboo stakes at the bottom of the pitfall. But, alas, so far no such thing has eventuated.

Coat'n'hat because I've rambled and the moderator is going to get on my case if I don't clean up my act Real Soon Now.

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My £0.02

What ebay needs is for sellers to leave their feedback first - as they have been paid by that point - and they don't get reciprocal feedback until they do.

This solves the main problem of dodgy sellers on the site. As others have said, the odd negative from a nutty buyer is annoying but not likely to affect a high volume seller as their rating will quickly recover.

As a victim of retaliatory negative feedback I was really disillusioned by the pathetic disputes procedure. I got a full refund but am stuck with that feedback.

What we should have is a system where *either* party can mark feedback as retaliation. If this was less than, say 2% of transactions, it would be disregarded. That way feedback would work as it should...

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@Mark Fenton

Forcing the seller to leave feedback before the buyer can leave feedback for them has always seemed the logical approach to me as well. After all the buyer completes their side of the deal first as soon as they have paid so it only seems fair.

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It's a good thing

For too long ebay sellers have had the upperhand... Here's a quick run down of the most common issues.

1: Sellers who refuse to leave feedback until the buyer does (I'd say 80% of power sellers use this tactic). The solution is simple.. once the buyer has paid for the item, their end of the deal is completed and sellers should be forced to leave positive feedback (kinda like ebay are suggesting with these changes). The buyer has upheld their end and should be rewarded for it.

2: Sellers who vastly overcharge for postage - ebay now give you the chance to rate them on several areas... I've yet to give more than 3 stars for postage costs. The reason they do this is simple... They avoid paying ebay as much in fees because postal charges are not included in the final listing value. So sellers offer something for £1 and charge £10 to ship it... but post if for about £2.50, thus making £8.50 on the sale and only paying ebay a percentage of the £1 + listing fee. 99% of all business and power sellers on ebay seem to use this tactic in my opinion... and it's a global issue not a UK one. US sellers are the worst, one guy tried to tell me it was going to cost 120 US dollars to ship a package about the size and weight of 2 dvd's... I asked if it was being wrapped in gold and told them where to stick it.

I could go on with more of the tactics used by ebay power tossers, but it bores me... I have been on ebay for about 9yrs and still only have a rating of 53 with 1 neg (retaliatory from a lying tosser who tried to rip me off)... I have however left probably over 100 positive feedback as a buyer and sellers can't even be bothered to do the same.

So now I refuse to leave feedback as a buyer until they do... and I tell them upfront that this is my policy and exactly why. Any decent and honest seller will understand and leave feedback... those that don't won't benefit from me and if they mess up.. you'd better believe I'll neg them.

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Paypal, just the limit....

I agree with most of the comments regarding sellers feedback, I've always done it this way ie left feedback upon despatch/collection, what I find disturbing is the limits being introduced on the amount of money that you can recieve from paypal £1,700pa is a bit of a joke especially if you sell your old highend hi-fi equipment (due to lack of a proper job,in my case), god help you if you sell your car, I can see many legitimate sellers recieving a visit from HMRC, just to filch some more tax into Darling's coffers, just because his Master made such a mess when he controlled the purse strings..

I've just had to jump through paypal's hoops just to prove that I'm not a business, or a money launderer, but I'll just use my wife's account to spread the load around, as £6ph just doesn't keep the wolf from the door anymore, especially with prices of everyday items(food, fuel, local taxes) rising astronomically...

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Good thing !

Nothing is wrong with this. I wish, they had done the same for US users.

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looking at all the comments here

the article title would be more appropriate if it was "eBay gets positive feedback about ban on negative feedback".

I agree with the majority here that last few decisions from new eBay management seem to be steps in the right direction, i.e. penalize excessive postage, VAT inclusive final price, concrete addresses for business sellers, end of feedback extortion. Well done.

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@ AC

"and good luck trying to sell anything in future when you get feedback saying you sell counterfeit goods"

That's libel. If someone tried to pull a stunt like that with me, they'd be a defendant in a lawsuit as fast as I could get it filed.

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not perfect, but a step in the right direction

The address thing is fine. If your not a business then you wont be displaying your address, if you are, then like the majority of other businesses, get insurance against being burgled. I suspect a lot of the power sellers don't even keep stock but simply act as the middle man and order it when it's sold. Some people wont be happy, but those will be people that are using ebay to run a home business without wanting to admit to it to the tax man/benefit office etc

With regards to feedback, I like the idea suggested in above posts for the seller to leave feedback before the buyer. The current system doesn't work. Yesterday I looked at 4 items from different power sellers, all had 97+ feedback. I checked the negative feedbacks, all fair comments in my opinion (no business pleases all it's customers) but I then looked at the feedback of people that had left the bad feedback, ALL of them had perfect ratings except for one negative, you've guessed it, a negative from the power sellers saying things like "avoid at all costs". Although this had the effect on me of not wishing to deal with a power seller that couldn't handle a complaint without being childish.

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Online Tat Bazzaar

Who even uses this service?

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Good for tat.

Personally, the feedback is next to useless. Buyers occasionally have very unrealistic expectations -- don't read the description, don't read the terms, don't talk to the seller when not happy, or somehow think the seller is their rich uncle and will happily foot the bill for the return postage when they don't want what they bought. Tit for tat feedback is the seller's only defense against an absurd quirk of the ratings system where bad buyers have too much power. "Cooling off" periods are just plain stupid. If you don't think about your purchase before you bought it, then it isn't the seller's responsibility to wipe your arse for you.

I'm a power seller, but I can tell you that all of the handful of negative feedbacks I've gotten over the past 6 years (a total of 3 out of several thousand feedbacks) were from people who it is simply not possible to please. If they could rate me badly without repercussion, more would take advantage of the situation. It's just a negotiation tactic, then. I do my best to be fair and treat people right, describing my auctions as accurately as possible, and offering the fairest possible terms. The way I see it is, if they're happy, then I'm happy, but if they're not happy and want to take a dump in my back yard before trying to work things out, then two can play that game.

I'd say the vast majority of fraud on ebay originates from people who happen to be stupid. It's mostly either not being cautious enough to investigate the item and its description and buying something that anybody can see is garbage, or volunteering to send money to a 'second chance' offering that isn't real. Generally, I report the second chancers to ebay and let ebay drop their accounts. However, greed and thinking with the lower brain takes some people over, and they'll mail off their money to the wild blue yonder.

PH, because tat isn't particular.

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Stupid Idea

Well, I'll never be selling anything on eBay again. I've been a member since 1999, and have about a 50/50 buy/sell ratio. The only time I've ever had to give negative feedback is for buyers who didn't pay. What's to stop people from bidding on multiple auctions, and then only paying for the one that ended up having the lowest ending price?

Couldn't they just as easily make it so either a buyer or seller can't leave negative feedback after the other has already left negative feedback for them? That seems much more sensible.

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Too little, but a start

Ebay to me long ago quit being a site to get kewl stuff and more a place I use because I have to, there's simply no other auction site that is worth the effort. I only use it now for old/hard to find items, and often wish it would return to it's roots as on online garage sale for hobbyists rather than a bazaar for the gray/surplus/whatever markets.

My worst experiences have been with those power sellers doing business out of their living room, and over surprisingly trivial items--hence the reason I just buy the cheap stuff today from real stores and not these losers.

With one power seller in particular I had won several auctions from him at once, but on one he sent me the wrong item and didn't reply for over a week until I finally left him negative feedback, where he suddenly "came back from vacation." He then refused to send me the correct item unless I withdrew my feedback, which didn't sit well with me. The result was I got negative feedback on all the items I had bought from him.

In the private flame fest that followed the power seller told me he knew whatever I'd had to say would be lost in his thousands of feedbacks, while he had severely damaged my reputation since I had under one hundred. So I say go for it, take out the crutch from these power sellers and make them learn real customer service, and register as a business and pay their taxes.

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I remember ebay...

My ebay login is about to hit its 10th birthday in May, and has seen very, very little use in recent years. The site/phenomenon/culture has just become so big and so complex that I feel left out. I've lost count of how many questions must be answered when listing an item for sale, and it seems like there are so many more things to keep track of and be vigilant for when buying. It doesn't help that it always feels like ebay is desperate to get you to use their other services (paypal for example) in the course of doing something quick and simple.

I always looked at feedback as a minor, optional activity. Sure, nice to read it and get some sense of who I'm dealing with, but I never thought it was a big deal if I forgot to leave it for anyone, and vice versa.

Of course, much of this is easier when dealing in person as I can use all of my senses and intuitions to decide whether or not to make a deal, but on ebay I'm still only given text, images and a cursor to interact with. The workload has increased while the power of the toolset has remained constant, and that leaves me disinclined to shop or list on ebay anymore. The tools only half-work. Ever try and find items offered by non-power sellers who accept payment other than paypal? How do you even search for that?

Something that was fun and interesting (albeit potentially risky) when it was all rolled up into blind trust has now become a chore with far, far too many checkboxes and no real, open automation support to help clear through the clutter. Now we haven't got the same sense of trust anymore, and we still haven't got clear access to live help resources in the event that anything goes wrong.

No thanks! Just not a deal worth doing anymore- I'll let the powersellers keep peddling to each other, and find some other marketplace that operates without as much hassle.

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Bleedin stupid

I agree with Liam O'Flaherty among others there. This will just open the doors to a new wave of rogue traders who're currently rubbing their hands together at the prospect of ripping off hundreds of buyers who now can't view any comments about the trader's previous sales.

If I bought a computer from a local retail store and was told they'd taken my money but "don't sell this model any more and tough luck, bye", you can be damned sure I'd be writing to the local papers and news sites and even standing outside with banner & mic in true hippy style to warn others not to go near the store. Seller protection? What about the buyer protection???

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Not sure about the feedback change

Why is it just sellers that won't be able to leave negative feedback?

I had a nasty surprise a couple of years ago when I was selling a bunch of books. Quite a few went unsold, but the winner of one of my books contacted me and pretty much demanded that I sell him a few of the unsold books. I told him I was just going to relist the books and the deal suddenly went sour. He said that he only bid on the one book because he assumed I'd sell him the unsold books and that he'd save on shipping. So in the end he pulled out of the deal.

Now who deserves negative feedback there? Him, surely. Of course, I didn't have a single negative feedback and was quite keen to keep it that way. So I let him pull out gracefully without kicking up a fuss. And what did he do? Apparently set himself a task to log back in three months later--just at the limit of leaving feedback--and leave me negative feedback. When I logged back in to eBay a few months after that, it was too late for me to do the 'retaliation' thing eBay is trying to eliminate. I don't sell often, but have bought and sold a number of items over the years since. My feedback rating is about 145 with still just the one negative.

So what's this show? Negative feedback can be abused by buyers just as easily as sellers. And sellers risk more. Buyers can close and reopen a new account. They a high positive feedback rating isn't that important to them, but for sellers it's imperative, especially if they're selling items where of high price or where their condition makes a difference.

So why is eBay treating the feedback system as if only sellers abuse it?

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@Ed

""and good luck trying to sell anything in future when you get feedback saying you sell counterfeit goods"

That's libel. If someone tried to pull a stunt like that with me, they'd be a defendant in a lawsuit as fast as I could get it filed."

Luckily the little fella in HK that i bought the GENUINE Gucci watch for £7.99 from for a lady friend at xmas has yet to take me to court!Lets face it theres still loads of counterfeit stuff on there which you can spot a mile away and the sellers are still happily getting away with it.Im off to have my genuine watch revalued and then off to sothebys with it.....im putting a reserve of £8.50 on it! ;-)

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@Good for tat by AC

"If they could rate me badly without repercussion, more would take advantage of the situation."

So basically you are saying that the only reason you get good feedback is the fear the buyer has of receiveing negative feedback from you.You've just given the best argument in favour of taking this stick away from sellers.

Good job you remained anonymous because with an attitude like that I doubt anybody would ever want to buy from you.

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EBAY Ministry?

So when did Ebay become a branch of the government and get to decide what is and what is not a business?

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@Rich2

Sorry i just use ebay to unload unwanted stuff every so often, so calling it a business is probably a bit much. But anyhow heres some of the key emails, it was for a record value around £20

"Received the record, i don't like it return my money immediately or i'll say you sell fake broken goods"

"Ok, i dont normally do refunds but if you send it back i'll refund the bid amount"

<thinking it's better just to sell it to one of the other people who bid>

"F**k you, i want all the the money back and if you want the f**king thing back you better send me £20 for the f**king postage and hassle of me having to have s**t stuff from you"

"No, sorry if you want the bid amount back you can"

"I know where you f**king live and i will come round a f**king burn you house down and f**king kill you"

and a few more like that with harsher language, he apparently lived fairly locally (found out the address was actually a B&B), half an hour away, which probably explains how he sent a picture of my house

anyhow that kind of thing, although he probably was an ascii bandit, does kind of take the shine off ebay

but positive feedback all round

"A++++ great buyer, although threatened to kill sellers family"

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The Business on Business

"eBay is full of people who sell odds and ends out of their home"

Such people are NOT being asked to display their address.

However, ebay is even more full of people who insist blind that they are not running a business, despite it being extremely obvious to anybody who cares to look that the 35 sandisk cards they put up for sale every week aren't unwanted presents or used family possessions.

Anybody who makes or buys to sell *is* by definition running a business, and the laws relating to business quite rightly don't exempt "sole traders" working from home from disclosing that they are business and displaying the business address.

Nobody forces anybody to become a sole trader, but those who do need to KNOW they are doing so, that they have legal responsibilities (under SOGA etc) for the fitness of their goods and people like trading standards need to be able to track them down.

For once, what ebay is doing is right -- though it is confusing the situation slightly by implying that only high volume sellers need to register as a business. Everybody who makes or buys to sell, however occasionally they do it, has legal responsibilities and if they CHOOSE to operate a business activity they have to accept the legal requirements, including displaying an address.

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A thought for the Faults

"From time to time I've wanted to point out to Ebay technical shortcomings of their site"

Can be done at the bottom of the page: http://cgi1.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?SiteMessageSummary&category=5

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cooling off period ??

WTF. I thought ebay was an AUCTION site.

There is no such thing as a colling off period in an auction - once you win you are committed to buy.

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have you ever actually USED ebay??

what a complete load of crap.

people saying obvoiusly the seller is ok - they dont send out goods until you have the money.

evidently they have never had a paypal dispute. i have had paypal REMOVE money from my paypal account, because they decided the buyers was in the right (apparenlty they claimed their account was hijacked) - AFTER i had already transferred the money out of paypal - thereby sending my paypal account WAY WAY into the red!!! (of course paypal woudl have just resorted to legal action/debt collectors to get my account back to zero)

as for whether you are a business or not - i thiknt hey rules governing whether the distance selling legislation applies to you or not are something along the lines of "if you are selling multiple copies of the same item - and for a profit - then you are a business and Distance selling regulations apply"

so *I* was out of pocket - even tho as several morons on here state "you already have the money"

the ONLY negative feedback i have receieved was from a buyer - who it turned out i was unable to contact because his REGISTERED ebay e-mail address (AND paypal address) - he no longer owned!!!! when i phones him (mobile only!) to ask him to verify his actual address in some way - he refused adn started demmanding a refund - at which point i explained he had legally bought the goods, and as soon as he supplied me with evidence of his address i was very happy to despatch them

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It's all a storm in a teacup!

An Ebay seller doesn't really have much choice in who buys the items that they are offering, they list it and someone buys it, deal done!

A buyer on the other hand has a choice who to purchase from and will probably steer clear of low feedback rated sellers.

A seller leaving negative feedback is a pretty useless exercise TBH, it doesn't make any real difference to the buyer as they can still go and purchase from whoever they like in future, and it makes no difference to other sellers as they have virtually no control over who buys from them, thus making it virtually pointless for a seller to leave negative feedback.

Surely a good seller will receive good feedback, which is important as it attracts more customers for them. Leaving negative feedback for their customers doesn't have any benefits for them, but receiving it is bad for business and so should discourage dodgy sellers.

Also, it's about time high volume sellers started paying tax!!!! i don't see why power sellers should be able to make a tax free living when they are trading as a business in all but name. I have to pay my dues, so should they.

Cough it up you bloody tight fisted tax dodgers !!!!!

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Negative ratings - worth more than positive ones

eBay need to work out what's more important to them - having 100% positive ratings or acting as a selling medium. I have bought on ebay many times and ALWAYS check the sellers ratings. Not perfect but if there are reasonable negative comments, gives an indication of their status.

However, I do think that ratings should be changed. As has already been said either hide until both have been entered or make the seller add first. As a buyer, I always pay in good time so from a sellers perspective, am a good customer. Nobody rates a seller until the goods are received & tested and if they are faulty, will be come obvious quickly. Any disputes after shipping / receipt should be dealt with outside the ratings as these are there to comment on your reliability as a buyer / seller, not necessarily the goods.

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I agree with ebay

I both buy and sell and would recently have left negative feedback on an item I bought, if I had not been bothered about getting a negative myself.

Symmetry in the feedback system is flawed, customers need to know more about sellers and hence the new system will help.

Okay it means a lot of sellers will see their ratings fall, but buyers will have to get used to a lower % rating not being as bad a sign as it was before, and sellers will still be able to comment on the negatives they get which will still allow the customer to apply judgment.

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@ Caffine Addict

Been there, done that.

I suggested this in the Powerseller forums last week, after 3 pages of abuse about my wifes username it turns out it's been suggested many times before and eBay aren't listening. You're right though, this would be the best solution to the problem, ensuring honest feedback.

Oh well... eBid it is from here on then, luckily created a lifetime membership with ebid for 25p about 2 years ago, time to use it I guess.

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There are easier ways to find physical addresses!!!

Physical addresses of businesses and companies are freely available in local newspapers, Yellow Pages, The Phone Book, Companies House website, and many other sources. Is there anything particularly special about eBay requiring companies to display their physical address?

What exactly is the problem?

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This is a stupid idea

The positive comments are about as useful as most positive product reviews. They don't give you the real story. It's only the negative comments that give you vital information like "He forgot to mention an $8 shipping fee if you live in Canada" etc. Besides, when you do get scammed by someone and eBay refuses to do something about it, what else are you supposed to do? Leave everyone else to continue getting scammed?

example:

http://www.jeremyduffy.com/computers-internet/high-density-ram/

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Where is Google Checkout ?

As always at a time like this when a business wants to commit suicide its the time for a rival to submit its appeal to the public for more business Nudge and wink towards Google Checkout

Obviously any online business is not without its own Risk ebay is not an online Shopping mall its an online auction house (rule 1 buyer beware)

and good sellers prosper

If you think that constantly allowing nearly annonymous bidders to leave Impossible to remain annonymous sellers negetive feedback is fair then your as crazy as the idea of fraustrating the sellers on a site where only the sellers make you money.

IMO I think Google Checkout need to bring out its Auction House and i am sure we will see serious changes to eBays attitudes towards its main money makers the good sellers trying to make a fast buck

The Tax man should consider people like the Chelsea owners to ask for serious tax or hedge funders people who are making serious wedge and rubbing tax mans noses in it

I Hate people who think ebay sellers are here to get away with Tax payers money obvious they are small minded people stuck in a small corner office hating on anyone making money not Stuck in a small corner office too

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@Jim Adams

If you are trading on Ebay and have Powerseller status then you must be selling quite a bit of kit in a manner akin to a business, not just selling on a couple of surplus belongings.

You are getting away without declaring income to the tax man and I don't see why anyone should be able to make a living tax free while the rest of us have to pay up!!!

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Making a petition to Google

I have today made a http://gauctions.wordpress.com/

where people can go and make a comment and when i get a total number in the next two weeks i will send it to Google HQ so their guys can start considering if they think this market that needs a Big Competitor needs their input

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@ glenn

Actually glenn thats where your wrong if you sell items totalling more than a couple of hundreds you qualify for powerseller status

Example you sell your car after selling a couple of Unlocking for mobile phones does that make you a business ?

Its people like you glenn that make these rules we are all moaning about they take an angle and abuse it so much you start to think if there isnt another angle at all

if you sell 1 £5000 car and 10 mobile phone unlocks you are instantly a power seller cause you will qualify for total spend over 3 months just by the one sale

Please go and read ebay terms and conditions to powersellers before trying to be mad at powersellers cause you dont know alot of information about it

Also why do people from abroad bid on your auction try to scam you and many times eBay refuse to give you your listing fees back

When i listed my watch on ebay an african scammer won it and was never going to pay me i contacted ebay for my fees and they told me to file a non payment dispute which would only give me my final valuation fees not the near £100 listing fee

Glenn you need much more expericence on ebay before you will understand why so many are actually upset from the outside looking in you dont have a clue yet

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Going out with a bang

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140205210628

Read from the “payments” section onwards.

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@someone:Going out with a bang

Wonderful, thank you. Being an honest man this kind of thing never crossed my mind.

After all these wonderful tips, I am now going to bid on all sorts of high value electronics and make myself very, very rich indeed.

Please post me your bank details: card number, account number, sort code, security code on back of card, full name and address, the maiden name of your mother and the names and ages of your children if any so that I can share my riches with you.

Thanks in advance

adnim

For those who maybe reading with an IQ significantly below average I am joking. Honesty and integrity to me are far more important than money. Money does not make for true happiness, it is just provides a temporary distraction from the misery of the consumer based, market driven economy in which we live.

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Straw, camel's back

As a seller and buyer on eBay I've had more grief from buyers from me than sellers to me. I've had buyers tell lies to get refunds and keep the goods and a virtual flame war from a buyer not willing to wait a few days for a proof of delivery - a scam that from his feedback he had performed tens of times.

How are sellers supposed to spot these people now?

Those of you who think sellers hold feedback 'hostage' until your feedback is left - I started doing this after I got negative feedback from a buyer whose goods had not turned up. At no point did it occur to him to let me know this so I could offer a refund.

Sadly many of the people buying on eBay are lacking basic intelligence: frankly otherwise they wouldn't buy most of what is on eBay, as you can buy much of it online, new, for less.

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Real Problem

The real problem is rather than sort out this gathering of bad buyers eBay wants to silence the betrayed Sellers by gagging them

I blame all this on BBC Watchdog show and if you look into it you will find that it was after they did that show eBay scraped it's Jury program

IMO eBay has long been top of this auction trade as there is no proper named competitor the minute one comes out i am certain its Goodbye eBay

Please Visit the Blog make your verbal donation so that google knows we are all really tired of eBay and they try to act

Another thing anyone else noticed how you now a days cant list an item with out selecting Paypal as the only payment method i think this is really Unfair to people who dont really wanna use paypal or have boycotted paypal since being scammed they are now forced to return to the site

I am also certain that is abusing the Monopoly rules or somthing as eBay is now stopping payment for items unless its via Paypal

http://gauctions.wordpress.com Register your opinion to get an eBay alternative remember if you dont say anything we might as well give up and sign up to eBay now

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Burgle the goods from the seller?

Lots of comments along the lines of "The obvious concern is that even if this is done, a criminal can look at an address for a seller with, say 3 Wiis or whatever, bid, win, get the address and either use the information they receive and cancel their bid under the cooling off period, or even pay and pop 'round and rob the seller before they're shipped."

As this rule change applies to businesses (and lets be honest, once you start moving a certain amount of goods on a regular basis you *are* a business whether you like it or not), I don't see what the concerns are here; you can look in a shop while it is open and return once it is closed to steal things. You can also find lots of people who run 'traditional' businesses from home where you could do the same.

So this has been possible for years yet some people seem to think it's magically become a new and scary thing because someone's figured out how to tie teh internets to the problem? hrmph!

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@Rob

You do know that its not for Business only this rule applies in the following way

If you sell a Car and 5 other items within a space of 3 months you qualify for a powerseller

this means you now have people not even doing business with you that will get your address and details

Now i will worry for anyone selling High Value goods from time to time and is actually not a Business and doesnt have good security

Cause your details will be available on eBay as if you were typing it here

its not like the person would even need to enter a transaction with you

I think when this change comes to effect there will be many people looking for the alternative Big time

Even big companies that sell on ebay and dont really wanna pay taxes will move on too

You have to be crazy to think all the tax dodgers will stay on ebay when their details become visible to all.

Dont forget realistically the people that will pay for all these changes is the Buyer as item prices will go up as less people will sell on eBay

IMO BBC watchdog should now be very happy with itself after all it was actually going to be a jury program for unfair feedback till BBC went and did that very One sided show No doubt bbc doesnt sell anything on ebay to begin with but of course they would buy loads on their just to give the site a bad name and ebay deciding to buckle have taken the U turn and are now missing what is important THE SELLERS

http://gauctions.wordpress.com Register your opinion to get an eBay alternative remember if you dont say anything we might as well give up and sign up to eBay now

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Bunch of wimps

I agree that leaving feedback hidden until both parties have posted it would solve a lot of woes.

As for the people who are whining here that their "perfect" record of selling hundreds of items was "ruined" by some nasty nasty person leaving feedback, or that they were "scared" to leave negative feedback in case they got negative in return, please grow a pair.

That 1% or less of nutters who give you negative feedback for no reason are not going to impair your overall ability to buy or sell. Of course, if 50% of your feedback is negative (and you've bought/sold more than 2 items), that's not going to be too promising.

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Feedback problem easy to solve

I don't see why Feedback should be such an issue. Allow both seller and buyer to leave feedback - whether negative, neutral or positive. But until both seller and buyer have left their feedback, don't display either, or add them to totals.

After a determined cut off period, if either party has not left feedback, then they lose the option, while the other's feedback is implemented.

This makes it impossible to leave negative feedback in retaliation.

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Ebay - PIA

Unfortunately its been screwed up by E-bay & its partner in crime (fraud?) PayPal, who seem to have made things ridiculously easy for a fraudulent operator & ignore the legitimate traders.

So Im dumping my account.

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power sellers != businesses

Let's take for example a university graduate, one who has accumulated 4 years of text books but no longer has a use for say, 100 of them, these books sell new for 70 - 80 each, assume 50% value for 2nd hand sales, so that's 4000 they could net, they also want to sell their old car as their new job comes with one, this may have a value of 2000.

This would make them a power seller, and force them to register as a business. No problem you may think. However, their new job involves marketing and sales strategies and their contract includes a clause which specifically prohibits them from operating a business while in the employ of the company. Bang, by trying to recycle goods they no longer have a use for, and pay off some of their student debt they can be dismissed from the company for running a 'business' simply because ebay demand that powersellers become businesses.

If they were to sell the same items via loot or another classified ad system, they would not in any way, shape, or form be classed as a business, why should ebay be any different?

Paris? because only she would be dumb enough to think of this idea for ebay. Or conceive of a way to stop people from saying 'this buyer kept me waiting for 2 weeks for payment by saying 'the check is in the post, haven't you received it yet?' before leaving negative feedback for me not shipping the goods'

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