MC999 Your eBay buying privileges have been restricted
Hmm.. Looks like the days of my online shipping are numbered. I was quite shocked when I received the above email for 2 reasons: 1) my last purchase was more than 1 month ago on the 8 February and 2) I have always been "critical" when it comes to giving feedback. To me there are only 3 scales: 1 star for sucks, 5 star for meeting what the sellers promised, and 3 star for neither here and no there. I have been using the same standard since my first time using eBay in 2010. There has been no problem until now. I have a feeling that this is because of me starting to sell a few items using eBay US about 2 months ago. Otherwise, where does the "disrupt your competition" come from?
Anyway, I just think that eBay is dumb and this makes me agree with the sentiment that eBay wants to get rid off the "small-time" sellers. Is there even a competition in the first place when the items I am buying and the items I am selling are so distantly similar? In addition, I have history of purchasing from sellers everywhere: USA, UK, Australia, Japan, India, Nepal, China, Korea etc? And what's the point of having feedback when I am being penalised for leaving honest but negative feedback? Do I have to give a 5 star if item is not as described/pictured? Can't I give a 1 star if item does not arrive or arrives damaged and the seller refuses to help or refund? Am I wrong not to give a 5 star to a seller who sells on eBay US but unable to speak even the simplest form of English? Get real man!!
I also smirked at the "contact the seller and try to work things out". Does it mean that I still have to leave 5 star for timely shipping when seller ships the item late but seller already contacted me and apologise? Do I have to leave a 5 star when item is not described and seller sends a partial refund as a resolution? The stupid drones behind eBay should learn open their eyes big big. Even when a problem is resolved, it does not mean a perfection. A perfection means that there is no problem in the first place and only that deserves a 5 star rating.
No wonder eBay is full of scammers with thousands of positive feedback even though when I bought items from them, I got shit items and shit service. I mean blocking me is one thing.. but to remove the genuinely bad feedback for the bad sellers? Hmm hmm hmm.. Too much isn't it?
Ultimately, I think blocking me as a buyer is just plain dumb. How on earth they are making money if not because of buyers? The selling fee is "quite" cheap and auctions are free. The certain % from every purchase is bigger than that, isn't it? No idea how their business work. Anyway, not really a big deal to me as I know that eBay items are overpriced, eBay protections (both for sellers and buyers) suck, and the customer service is non-existent. Sigh.. If only my Rinoa and my FF VIII ArtFX GF are sold, this will be the perfect time to bid farewell to eBay.
However, I still have to say thanks to eBay for helping me to get a lot of my childhood wishlist items :) Tee hee.. And as compared to sellers, even if my account is suspended, I can still make new account everytime I see an item which I can't find elsewhere. So no big deal. In fact, if I am really suspended, it is a sign for me to start saving up. Lol.