I'm one of the very lucky ones who has done extremely well using Ebay,but only as a buyer, and never as a seller! I have also had the really wonderful added bonus of having made some extremely close friends through buying antique and old children's books and art glass from Australia, UK and America! However,I do agree with a seller friend of mine from when I began buying my treasures,when he told me that for sellers,the name should be FEEbay!!! He now sells on Ruby Lane,a site I LOVE browsing on!
I have been selling and buying on ebay for the last 10 years.
I have still got 100% positive feedback.Having said that it takes some time to work out the 'vibe'.
I have sold many of my painting on there, clothes, china,you name it.
Also I have bought from them too....I go on 1-2 times a week, and all the people except say 3 have been wonderful.
I bought last month a little notebook, and it never came for 21 days.
So I sent a nice reminder to the seller.
Turns out she was busy having a baby :) so people do also have busy lives, and forget at times.Even if someone has done wrong by me....I just don't leave any feedback, for them.
I treat people nice, and I think they know that....even if they have made a mistake.It has happened a few times, and I just wait.
I also bought 2 bracelets, and they were broken....ebay stepped in, and gave me a full refund, 10 days later.
The money went straight into my Paypal account, and I didn't have to do a thing.
I must say I have met 4 quite odd people, and I have met some really nice ones too. :)
ebay is not for everyone.
I used to buy and sell on eBay quite a lot - though never sold with great success..... then I had a really bad experience with a seller who sold me some fabric that absolutely REAKED of cigarette smoke when it arrived. I left feedback saying this and she went ballistic, sent me very abusive messages, saying that if I had told her and not left the feedback she would have given me a full refund.... which explained why there was no mention anywhere in the other feedback about smoke! I stuck to my guns as I think there is no point in the feedback system if people aren't honest - if just one other person had said about the smell, then I wouldn't have been tricked into buying something I couldn't use. Internet buying depends on feedback so it needs to be honest and unbiased. I felt after that I couldn't rely on the feedback for sellers - 100% positive doesn't guarantee a good transaction! - so I stopped using it.
I did use it a lot in the past but now find Cudo and Catch of the Day to be far better places to shop. Catch is extremely fast with processing and delivery of items. Cudo is sometimes a little slower because a lot of the items listed go for a long period of availability before closing and then delivery but they are upfront with this.
My husband is very happy buying on e-bay. (We've never tried selling anything on line) Only once our order didn't arrive, & we were given a refund straight away, although we would have rather had the order!