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EBAY SELLER’S FEEDBACK RATINGS

Posted by ebayprofitmaster on August 22, 2010

Almost on time this week, let’s get straight into the importance of checking on the feedback of eBay sellers.

When you purchase anything from a seller on eBay, you are taking the risk that they will actually give you the promised item in return for your money.

Regardless of the guarantees and promises of safe trading that eBay make, there are still risks. There are still people who join eBay as sellers with the intention of conning others.

This is why you always have to check the eBay seller’s feedback rating. Their feedback rating lets you see quickly their history as an eBay seller, and allows you to make the decision of whether to buy from them or not.

(The feedback system is not a guarantee in itself though. It is only a guide to what you should expect from the seller. I myself once purchased a SCRUBS DVD from a seller with fantastic feedback, and a long history of importing large quantities of brand new stock into the UK for sale on eBay. Unfortunately, the seller suddenly decided to make lots of sales in one week, without any intention of sending out the goods. As a result of this, myself and other buyers were left out of pocket, and the eBay seller suddenly stopped using eBay.)

So as you can see buying on eBay always carries a higher risk than buying from a recognised high street shop or even a quality website, and you want to reduce that risk.

You reduce your risk level as much as possible by closely checking on an eBay seller’s feedback ratings. The eBay seller’s feedback ratings can be found next to their username, either on the item description page, their “about me” page or their “myworld” page.

There will also be a coloured star next to the username, provided they have earned at least 10 positive feedback comments.

Any eBay seller that has a “shooting” star next to their username is a seller that you should be able to trust, as they have truly massive feedback (after all the coloured stars have been achieved by a seller, they then go all through the same colours again, but this time the stars are called “shooting” stars).

You should take notice of all the comments, both positive and negative that is shown on their feedback profile, which you access by clicking on the feedback number next to their username.

Basically, the higher the number the better, although what really matters is what percentage is positive. Just don’t buy anything from someone with a percentage below 99% as this means that there is a problem once out of every 100 transactions this member is involved in.

Not all negative feedback may be the fault of the seller, in all fairness. Sometimes buyers with little patience don’t like having to wait for items delayed by postal problems, and leave unfair negative feedback that is out of the sellers hands.

Just go through all the comments, replies to comments if any, and use your own judgement as to whether you really want to take a risk with that particular seller. If not find the same item from another eBay seller with better feedback.

Next time we should take a look at the different auction types, as this is something we haven’t looked at in much detail.

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