My comment is about Ebay's new policy about final value fees being charged if an item is not sold when taken outside Ebay. I constantly get buyers ask me if I have an item that is not listed on Ebay. I am selling off my personal collections and have multitudes of collectibles, the majority not listed because this isn't a full time business for me. I only sell an amount of items I can handle. Now the tricky part...since the buyer can say whatever he likes, if I tell him I cannot sell to him anything he wants unless it's listed or redirect him to a website or forum, what's to stop him from reporting to Ebay that I tried to take a sale outside Ebay? I have run into my fair share of vindictive buyers before as every seller has and we are unable to warn other sellers since the elimination of buyer feedback. And will Ebay be setting up sellers and trying to sting them into taking the sale outside?
This sounds very troubling and borders on practices not condusive to a good selling environment. According to Ebay's new policy, that report by the vindictive buyer can lead to me being charged a final value fee on an item that wasn't sold. Also how does Ebay extend it's power to charging fees to everything in your stock including items you don't have listed on their site 'because you could have taken the sale outside Ebay'? Many sellers use other avenues to sell their items like their own websites, collector forums and even their competition Amazon. To me, this policy is sure to open up a bevy of disputes, non-applicable fee charges and may not even be a legal practice forcing every seller to agree via their policy. I wonder if Ebay legal has thought this through? What are your thoughts about the new Ebay police that may charge you a final value fee when a sale hasn't been made?