In a world where sellers can no longer give anything but positive feedback doesn't it make sense that buyers who choose not to pay for items and receive unpaid item strikes shouldn't be able to have 100% positive feedback ratings? Am I over simplifying things? Why wouldn't EBay make that simple adjustment to protect sellers? I am approaching my 1 year anniversary as a seller on EBay which still makes me a little green I guess but here is what I have learned from my experience so far.
First a few fact:
1) I have sold approximately 350 items on EBay
2) I have 323 feedbacks or 345 depending on where you look (I will have to figure that one out later)
3) 268 of those feedbacks are for items I have sold
4) I have had 1 item returned
5) I have received 1 neutral feedback
6) I have received 1 negative feedback
7) I haven't had anyone try to hold me hostage by threatening to leave negative feedback if I didn't do something for them.
8) I have had 11 unpaid item claims
Now for the math:
1) 268 / 350 = 76.571% of my buyers have left feedback
2) 1 / 350 = less than 1/3 of a % (.285) of my buyers have returned their items
3) 2 / 350 = a little over 1/2 of a % (.571) of my buyers have left neutral or negative feedback
4) 0 / 350 = 0% of my buyers have tried to scam me
5) 11 / (350 + 11) = 3.047% This number does not work out so nicely since the 11 weren't actually buyers but I guess that what can be said is that I had to deal with 11 non paying buyers as part of selling 350 items which is roughly 3%
These numbers would seem to support those sellers who claim that nonpaying buyers are one of the biggest problems for EBay. Wouldn't common sense suggest that someone who doesn't pay for items they bid on shouldn't have a 100% positive rating?