I was doing a couple of transactions on ebay this week, and I've noticed a few things that really seem to have broken the system. The proliferation of bootlegs and the misleading listings (scams involving ebooks/pyramid schemes) are some of them, but I think what really wrecked ebay is the feedback system. Ebay makes a big deal about their feedback system, and in theory it's a great idea. You can leave comments about a transaction, and other users can decide to deal with you based on your previous feedback. It's open, and you can say almost anything...as long as its not negative. I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but leaving feedback on Ebay seems to be a game of chicken. Nobody wants to leave feedback first, since if the other person leaves a negative, you'll have no chance to counter with a negative of your own. A single negative comment (or even a neutral) is regarded by many in the Ebay "community" as a plague marker, no matter what the circumstances. Feedback also tends to be so ridiculously superlative ("A+++++++ buyer!!!!!") that it has lost almost all meaning. As far as I'm concerned, once a seller has received payment from a buyer, they have no excuse for not leaving feedback right away. As for buyers, they should do the same once their item is received. I have to say though, that I'm glad they finally added the option to limit searches to all of North America as well as just Canada. It seems to have cut the number of bootlegs in a given search down significantly.