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eBay Protection and Feedback Retaliation Trick

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In my eBay experience, I’ve learned a couple of lessons. The most important one of all is to watch your back! This goes for both buyers and sellers. Have an edge or a safety measure over the person with whom you are dealing in an eBay transaction.



For buyers, this is easy.

Sellers, it is a little more difficult to protect yourselves. I mean, the “customer is always right,” right?

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For both buyers and sellers, there is a common, equal leverage that each party possesses. That power is character defamation, or the feedback system. All eBay users have a feedback rating. Initially, after signing up for an account, everyone starts at 0. Each party in every completed eBay auction gets the opportunity to rate the other positive, neutral, or negative with a comment.

Caution

I try to abstain from leaving negative feedback because I know how hard it is to raise a good score and how easy it is to ruin it. But, there are times when leaving negative feedback is a must. The problem is that 9 times out of 10, the other party will retaliate and do the same thing back to you.

Trick

There is an easy way to avoid this seemingly-inevitable situation. Though, it requires a lot of patience. Basically, you wait about 90 days (it may have changed) after the bad eBay transaction. On the 90th day, leave negative feedback. The next day, the other party will be unable to retaliate and leave a bad comment because eBay has a set time window for leaving feedback.

Just like in last-second eBay auction bidding, you’ve got to “snipe” feedback in order to get what you want.

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Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2006

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