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I think they got it wrong with the negative feedback thing. The way I read it elsewhere is a seller can't leave negative feedback in response to negative feedback from a buyer. But they can mutually remove it if a buyer leaves one.
I just thunk of something.
Maybe eBay is doing this feedback thing to take our attention off fees.
They might not be planning to do the FB thing but want to be able to pull our attention off the fee thing and then when it comes time to implement the FB thing they will say well we decided to listen to our sellers. Then maybe it will make sellers happy and the fee hit wont feel so bad. At least to their thinking.
Either way, I think this is the beginning of the end to eBay as we know it.
I think everyone is a little too hung up on this negative feedback thing. A negative feedback isn't the end of the world or will it put you out of business. Its inevitable that you are going to get one sooner or later. If you look closely at the negatives people get, you can see that most are unfounded and given by buyers with very low feedback scores. A seller with 300 negatives but 56,000 positives is not going to make me not purchase something that I need or want. Does anyone else feel this way? I feel its still a good way to sell your goods but it certainly isn't the only way. I'm not ready to totally bail quite yet.