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eBay is attempting to clean up their site by making changes to the feedback system. Sellers will no longer be allowed to leave Neutral or Negative Feedback for buyers. This new Feedback rule is opening the door to bad buyer fraud! 😡
Scamming and Extorting Buyers have been a serious problem for car dealer vehicle sellers for years. If a buyer had good feedback or was a seller any threats of extortion were somewhat negotiable. Example “You neg me – I’ll neg you back.”
Doc thinks back to when he sold automobiles on eBay Motors. He remembers paying out around $3,000 extortion money in a year. He traded a check for positive feedback. eBay was no help – they took the sellers fees but wouldn’t do anything to protect sellers!
This guy was the postal worker from hell! Trying everything possible to get $1000 back from Doc on this gorgeous 1973 Lincoln Mark VII. Doc managed to turn his threats around by filing a complaint with the post office.
The whole idea of this posting is – eBay is wanting to brown nose their buyers – while tossing the sellers to the wolves! Doc thinks this new feedback policy really sucks!
We’re not talking about Beanie Babies or Gently Used Undergarment sellers. The eBay vehicle seller is in a whole different world than eBay core. Doc fears that this new feedback policy will have dire consequences on eBay’s vehicle sellers.
Sleazy buyers will flock to eBay Motors looking for a great deal – and then will hold the seller hostage for $$$ in lieu of negative feedback.
eBay Motors needs Car Dealer Staff experienced in the trade who can mediate situations that arise and help both parties come to an agreement.
Doc once discussed starting an arbitration panel to mediate vehicle disputes. It would work by volunteer Motors car dealers helping buyer and seller come to an amicable situation. Automating this process with a bot will not solve the problem.
Oh well.. Just our two cents worth on the subject. 🙄
Former eBay Motors PowerSeller and retired licensed Florida used car dealer with over 40 years experience in the business blogs about eBay, and shares helpful advice for motor vehicle buyers and sellers. Have questions or need help? Ask Doc!