|Re: Is legal to do this in Ebay?|
Message #6 Posted by Ron Ross on 13 Apr 2005, 9:52 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by John Macy
If no one has made any bid on an item, I believe the auction rules allow the seller to make any changes they please. I suspect coburlin is exploiting this ebay policy. This is probably a legal requirement of auctions, ie it is supposed to be for the auction an extra incentive to entice a bidder, once a bid is placed, the transaction item is now frozen, but prior to a bid, in an auction, the seller usually is at liberty to toss in more goodies or make a better description. That coburlin is using it to switch before a bid (no one has entered a bid, so no contract is imminent) he is entitled to do so. That he is downgrading his auction is unusual (and may even be not ethical) but it is allowed. If he were to switch after a bid is place is probably not possible (ebay freezes the ability to change an auction after a bid is placed, I believe.).
Myself, I despise ebay, not because it has lead to the sky high prices of our collectables, but because of how it is administered. It is very biased towards the seller. I would like the format changed just a little to somewhat level the playing field. As it presently is, you are arm twisted to leave positive feedback for normal service. Normal feedback is taken as an insult. Red is war!
I would like the seller to have to leave feed back when he recieves payment or at least be unable to leave feedback once the buyer leaves feedback. It is the buyer who risks his payment for an item. He is the one at risk. If he is satisfied, he will leave a glowing response. I admit this may sound somewhat Polyanna, but if I were selling, I would hope that I would take care of the buyer in a way to earn a positive response instead of the current trend of extorting a positive from the buyers that is so prevalent on ebay today.
As it is, much feedback is not worth looking at. I carefully bid only on the best feedback, realizing most sellers on ebay require feedback before they leave feedback. I have abstained from their auctions and only bother to leave feedback after it is left for me. Fortunately I have always been very lucky (until recently).
Until ebay modifies this, I won't use ebay extensively (and I am thinking to just quit). But ebay is not paid for by the buyers, but from the sellers. And ebay doesn't want to drive away this customer. All seems swell from their perspective, so no need to rock the boat.