Originally Posted by kaldaniels
I just had a little tiff on eBay with a buyer (I sell DVD's and CDs I've watched or listened too, so I'm not an Ebay tycoon)...but he was mad I waited to give the buyer (him) feedback until he left my feedback...I told him it was simply to protect me and next thing I know he gives me positive feedback with a comment however that I held his feedback hostage.
Whats the proper ettiqute on this...I feel its debatable/and or just a difference in philosophy, but if someone doesn't leave me feedback, I don't care or whine...I just move on. That said, I wait until a buyer does leave me feedback, and I then ALWAYS give them awesome feedback.
I know his little remark won't hurt me at all, but I'm just annoyed.
First. According to eBay. Feedback isn't mandatory.
Also, according to eBay you should leave feedback for the buyer once he/she pays. DON'T DO IT.
Very few sellers do that, since reputation is far more important to the seller than to a buyer.
A buyer with a poor reputation can always "snipe" an auction at the last minute, since the only way to exclude bad buyers is to specifically state something in the auction (no newbs or x% rep required) or eliminate their bids and/or block them. Once an auction is over, you have to sell to them.
I recently had an "undesirable" buyer who sniped an auction. (dude gave out loads of negative rep...nitpicking for scratches or bumps) and contacted eBay to nullify the auction and couldn't. I sent him an email stating basically telling him I was on to him and that I had contacted eBay about him and offering a full refund if the item wasn't to his satisfaction. So...everything went fine.
1) State your feeback policy in you auctions or follow ups.. I usually tell buyers to leave feedback to know that the product arrived and checked out...and I'll do the same.
2) Comment on this guy's feedback. (He'll probably comment on yours...but what the heck). Neither you or he can change the rating of the feedback.
...BTW...I am ONEUPPER on eBay also, so bid with confidence!