posted on Sep, 8 2008 @ 09:32 PM
I felt a need to post this becase I have been a dealer shipping both in state and also overseas. I deal in mainly high end antiques and
When I heard Skepticoverlord had renamed this thread and moved it from abovepolitics.com to above top secret I knew it was time to post my
As I mentioned, I'm a dealer in mainly antiques. I sell on Ebay and have been doing so since 1998. I have managed to make a decent living and
although I'm not rich, I manage to stay ahead of the game even though my health is not what it once was.
Many of you may have heard about the strange changes that have been taking place on ebaY. The new CEO has changed the format so much that it has
become almost impossible for even good sellers to continue to sell on the auction site.
The changes have to do with a new system called the DSR rankings. That means detailed seller rating. Let me briefly list the changes ebaY has done to
make selling so hard for millions of Americans who use the auction site.
First they made the feedback system totally one sided, by taking away the sellers ability to leave apprporiate feedback for their buyers. Where before
sellers could leave either a neutral or negative feedback if a buyer failed to pay or was a slow pay, now they can only leave positive feedback even
for buyers who failed to pay. After the sale, the buyer has a choice of choosing from 1-5 stars as a rank for the seller in four categories:
1) Item as described
3) Shipping Time
4) Shipping & Handling Fees
On the surface, this appears to be a way to ensure that only the good sellers will be around to sell on ebaY. However, ebaY has implemented a policy
whereby all sellers must maintain an average of 4.3 stars in every category, or face a 30 day suspension for falling under that, and if it happens
again, the seller account would be permanently suspended.
The way this ties in to my conspiracy is ebaY tells the buyers that a rating of four stars out of five is good, yet they will suspend any seller for
anything that falls below 4.3 stars? Why on earth would ebaY tell the buyers that 4 stars are good, yet punish sellers who fall below 4.3 stars.
And that isn't the only thing. If a buyer failes to pay, the seller must file an UID or Unpaid Item Dispute to receive credit for ebaY fees. When I
filed recently on a man who failed to pay, he became irate and sent a very curt reply in all caps. This buyer had received a total of 6 negatives, and
7 neutrals in the past 12 months prior to the all positive feedback change. I knew he would probably leave me negative feedback and also give me 1
star on all my DSRs in retaliation for filing an UID, nd that is exactly what he did. Ebay says buyers who fail to pay receive strikes each time a UID
is filed, but if they contact ebay with an excuse, any excuse why they didn't pay, they do not get a strike. Supposedly, three strikes against a
buyer leads to a 30 day suspension, but again, if they reply with any excuse, they don't receive any punishment.
On top of that, ebay even allows buyers who fail to pay to actually still rank the seller in all four DSR categories, and even leave negative feedback
on the seller??? Why is ebaY allowing this if it isn't an effort to actually drive EVERYONE off of ebaY, thereby ending the livlyhood of millions of
At first I thought it might be an inside job to actually bring the compasny down in order for another very similar auction company to offer refuge to
all the fleeing sellers. But now I'm not so sure. So far, no one company has offdered any viable alternative. Many of the other auction sites are
slow to load, and confusing to navigate. So for now, most sellers are trying their level best to do whatever it takes to remain above 4.3 stars.
Ebay has also made it manditory that sellers can no longer offer the option of money orders or checks, and has made it manditory that
sellers must either offer their company owned payment service Paypal,
or a merchant account, which most stay at home sellers can't afford.
Couple this with the new policy that Paypal has of refunding a buyers money for any reason even buyers remorse, or remorse over import taxes, and you
see why I think this could be an effort to bring many of the online sellers to their financial knees.
[edit on 8-9-2008 by TH3ON3]