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Tue 5th February 2008

eBay to ban negative feedback

Filed under: Internet and Technology

What on Earth?  Yes, that's right.  eBay are planning to completely overhaul their feedback system and ban sellers from leaving negative comments about buyers.

But, crazily, they are still going to allow buyers to leave negative comments about sellers.

In my opinion, this doesn't make a bit of sense.  It's madness.  So, essentially, you could go round buying anything off eBay, never paying and other sellers would not know that you are a complete waste of time.  Then, as well as wasting the sellers time you can also leave fraudulent negative feedback.  But don't worry, the seller can't do the same to you - you're untouchable!  Great!  Hours of fun to be had.

So, then, if eBay decide to go ahead with this plan, what is the point of a feedback system at all for sellers?  Also, as a buyer, if you have very few feedback comments, does that mean you cannot be trusted?  How can you build up a reputation if people think your feeble feedback score is a reflection of how you conduct business?  The fact that you are an occasional user seems as though it's going to count against you.

Reminds me of the old saying: "If you've got nothing good to say, don't say anything at all."

Come on eBay, think about what you are doing here.

More at the good 'ol beeb and El Reg.

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