In particular sellers are far too reluctant to give it on payment, instead waiting for you to tell the world how nice they are.
This will shortly no longer be an issue. Starting in May, sellers will no longer be able to leave feedback for buyers.
I thought about this for a while and wasn't sure whether it would be a good thing, but a recent experience I've had shows it is.
I bought a diecast model. The listing stated it was "MIB" (Mint in box), both in the header and within the listing. It stated this more than once. Several previous buyers had bought the same model, under the same exact listing.
When I got the thing, the model was indeed brand new, but there was no retail box included. I contacted several of the previous buyers of that same model and listing and, of the ones that responded, they confrimed they also had not gotten a retail box.
Apparently, the manufacturer shipped the item without a retail box, which is what the seller (as well as some of the previous buyers) told me after I contacted him/them. In other words, this seller thinks that because the manufacturer shipped the model in a cardboard shipping box insted of a proper retail box, that he can advertise it as "Mint in box".
Sorry, but that is not the way it works. On ebay, the term "MIB" or "Mint in box" refers to the item being in a traditional retail box, as it might be displayed on a store shelf - not a cardboard shipping box. This cannot be questioned or argued.
Now the thing is, why couldn't he have just stated that there is no retail box in the listing?
He didn't because he thinks by doing so, the item would receive lower bids - even though that is the way the manufacturer shipped it.
Some of the previous buyers of the model stated to me that they didn't care that there was no box. That is besides the point as far as I'm concerned - I want a proper retail box, not a cardboard shipping box, especially since the item was advertised as "MIB".
This seller unquestionably deserves negative feedback for misrepresenting the item. He has yet to leave feedback for me, quite obviously because he's afraid of a negative and wants to retain the option of retaliation. I have 90 days to leave feddback and will wait until early May to see whether I can still leave it then, provided he can't retaliate.
It is because of questionable sellers like this that ebay is changing the feedback procedure.
This seller is typical of many of the so-called Power Sellers who deliberately use misleading - or downright false - wording in their listings to try to fool buyers.
< Message edited by BoredStiff -- 3/18/2008 8:37:35 PM >
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