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Negative feedback on eBay can get you sued

submitted on May 27, 2012 by YanBz in "Member's Lounge"
In April 2010, NPR aired a program about a curious case of a Florida man who purchased a $44 item on eBay, left a negative feedback, and got sued by the seller.

Just a few days ago a local Florida newspaper reported a similar story where another Floriday man got sued for leaving a negative feedback after attempting to buy a $6 luggage tag from a seller in Boston.

The funny/sad thing is that this article mentions the case from April 2010 as well:

Mike Steadman was sued by a Miami man who claimed Steadman’s negative feedback ruined the seller's reputation. But Steadman said the clock he bought arrived broken, and the seller wouldn’t replace it.

Steadman thought the lawsuit was frivolous, but three years later, his attorney is now preparing for trial, ready to argue the sellers agreed to accept feedback, which is how eBay works.

I guess the takeaway from this story is this: if you leave negative feedback on eBay then be prepared to fight it in court. Twisted

Read more:

The NPR story from 2010:
1. Have you ever left negative feedback on eBay?
2. Does the news make you reconsider your eBay shopping?
 It changes nothing for me (sue me! :-) )
 I will not be leaving feedback
 I will not be leaving negative feedback
 I will not shop on eBay
 or See Results 


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    Posted by CouponNut on May 27, 2012
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    When I buy on eBay if I'm unhappy I file dispute with Paypal and let them resolve the problem, so far its been very effective in communicating with the seller.
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    Posted by Solstice on May 27, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Wow. Just plain wow. I think eBay gets worse with each passing year.
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    Posted by Robert on May 27, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    I only buy from sellers with a 99 or better rating. But if people are afraid to leave anything but good feedback how can we trust that? I have always had a good experience shopping on ebay so far. I have a 100 feedback on 54 purchases. I have never sold on ebay.
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    Posted by equipurple on May 28, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Can we sue for neg voting on buxr? Mr Green

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