Originally Posted by gdl203
I don't condone fraud - of course - and fraudulent buyers should be punished/banned/sued just like fraudulent sellers. I'm just saying that, in the normal course of business, buyers are not encouraged to leave honest feedback because sellers use feedback as a retaliation tool. Overall, it doesn't help anyone as feedback scores lose their value and don't protect the honest buyers and sellers.
I imagine we may have to reconsider what counts as very good/great feedback. I don't think you'll see as many sellers with 100 percent feedback, or close to. Buyers will feel free to leave negatives, even over trivial issues. Fraudulent sellers, meanwhile, will still artificially inflate their feedback. Ultimately, it may become harder
for buyers to determine the reliability of a seller.
As a seller, I don't like the new rules, and as a buyer, I'm not so sure I'm crazy about them, either. If someone had a major problem with a seller, I want to hear about it. But if the complaint is that a seller took three days to ship instead of two, well, that's a waste of my time. And I'm continually amazed at just how petty many of these eBay disputes really are. Some of the feedback is just psychotic.