Dealing with Negative Feedback

In: feedback

3 May 2009

Many eBay users are zealous about their feedback ratings. Although it’s a good thing to want to build up a high rating, some users get quite obsessive about it.

For that reason, you want to be very sure of yourself before you leave negative feedback about a user. Some overly zealous users might retaliate by leaving negative feedback about you even if it wasn’t warranted.

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do if you receive negative feedback; under normal conditions, feedback comments cannot be retracted. (There have been some exceptions, when the feedback has been obscene or slanderous in nature.) What you can do is offer a response to the feedback, which you do by going to your My eBay Feedback page and clicking the Review and Respond to Feedback About Me link. When the feedback comments list appears, click the Respond link next to a particular comment and then enter your response. Your new comment is listed below the original feedback comment on the Feedback Profile page. Just try not to get defensive; the best response is one that is calm, clear, and well-reasoned.

Feedback Tips:

  • You can use feedback ratings and comments to judge the trustworthiness of other eBay users.

  • For quick reference, different levels of feedback ratings are indicated by a different color and type of star.

  • You can view other users’ feedback by clicking on the feedback rating numbers next to their user names.

  • At the end of every auction, you should take the time to leave feedback about the other useralthough you should be cautious about leaving negative feedback.

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