More Ebay Stupidity

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  1. Carl Miller

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    Is a sellers ability to keep their feedback profile a recent change to Ebay? You can see the numbers, but not the comments. I don't remember ever seeing this option as a seller or buyer before.

    I saw a rock & roll poster I've been after for several years, but what would make me want to do business with him?

    Aside from keeping his feedback profile private, forcing bidders to e-mail him to view it, he also;

    Doesn't accept PayPal or credit cards.
    And holds all sales final...an absolute no-no with these items due to authenticity concerns.

    I just don't understand what the hell Ebay is thinking making feedback profiles presentable on demand at the sellers discretion.

    And I really don't understand what type of seller would use this option unless they had something to hide.
     
  2. Seth--L

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    eh, Ebay has always been buy at your own risk...
     
  3. Brian Johnson

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    I was for sure this thread was going to be about this guy selling a bag of "Hurricane Isabel"
    Sad part the bidding is up over $100.

    A fool & their money.

    Oh. the link: Clicky
     
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    Gee Carl, I don't know why you'd have any reservations buying from that guy. [​IMG]

    I'm unaware of eBay allowing sellers to keep bidders from seeing feedback comments. Seems counterproductive.
     
  6. alan halvorson

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    I saw this for this first time last week. A seller who I'm familar with made his feedback private. Good thing too, as it was awful - this guy was a real jerk. Fortunately, the item he was selling, which normally goes for $75-$150, went for under $8.

    I will not deal with anyone who makes his feedback private, and I tend not to deal with anyone who makes his bidders names private also.
     
  7. Brian Lawrence

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    What is the point to having feedback if it can be hidden? I don't care what number of postive Vs. negatives a person has, If they are hiding their feedback, that tells me I do not want to deal with them.
     
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    Carl, I sympathise, but I think the message is clear - let buyer beware.

    I think an exact analogy is this. Suppose you went into a store and asked the store manager if previous customers had been happy with a particular product. If the reply you got was 'I'm not telling you', would you buy from that store?
     
  9. Carl Miller

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  11. Dennis Nicholls

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    Another thing I've seen lately: sellers who place a low-starting bid but a high reserve. What gives? For example, one item had a $100 starting bid but the seller in his text said that the reserve was $350. Why not just set the starting bid at $350???
     
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    I personally feel that Ebay should revoke this private feedback option. Too much potential for abuse. All of the private feedback people I ever saw were scammers (one got me), and soon ended up Not a Registered Member
     
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    The only point I see is porn. If you sell porn, maybe you don't want anyone else to know. And if you're buying porn off eBay, I can understand why you'd look for a guy with private bidders in auctions. A few years ago, a friend of mine would go to a normal porn store, buy some tapes, then sell them for more on eBay. I know he doesn't do it anymore, so I'm guessing it's no longer the case, but talk about being stupidly embarrassed.
     
  14. Matt Gordon

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    Dennis reminded me of another eBay issue of mine: reserves.

    I once sold a rare jukebox I owned on eBay. I had a reserve price, and a couple of people who hadn't bid emailed asking what it was. I emailed them back and said I would be happy to reveal the reserve price when I see they are the top bidder for the item. One guy bid $1 more than the current bid (didn't make him the top bidder), and I never heard from him again.

    It doesn't cost anything to bid, so why not try it out? If that bid meets the reserve price, you'll find out as soon as you bid. Just don't bid more than you're willing to pay for it. If I wanted to make the reserve price public, I would have just put that as the minimum bid or put the reserve price in the auction listing.

    Eventually, the jukebox went for $300 more than my reserve when someone took the "buy it now" option.
    Yeah, I'm the guy who wouldn't take PayPal, either. [​IMG]
     
  15. Grant B

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    I stopped dealing with paypal after they started that "verify your bank account" with 2 small deposits".
    I don't understand their point but my bank account is none of their #$%^&*( biz.
     
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    Yes, actually, it is. If those two, small deposits bounced back, they would know the account does not exist. That's what they are learning. They don't give two shits about what's contained therein, instead they are verifying information that is essential for them to authorize an account. Would you like to be the guy burned by a fraudulent bank account? Doubtful.
     
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  19. Dennis Nicholls

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    Here's another all time classic scam:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=38108

    Another "private auction" with one very high bid - suppose it's the seller shilling? [​IMG]

    This crudely made piece of junk isn't worth $50 much less $3000. Notice how the top appears to be paper-thin. Notice how indistinct the purfling is.
     
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