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January 17, 2012, 03:21:06 PM
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I like this site but the feedback model is completely outdated and risky to yourself. What if I leave negative feedback and claim the guy scammed me. Ebay had to get rid of 'negative feedback' because of legal threats. The seller can launch legal action against you with a few lawyer forms from some fly by night Florida internet lawyer and sue you for defamation of character for the negative feedback.

This is inaccurate.  A few years ago eBay got rid of negative feedback from sellers towards buyers, thus giving buyers one more opportunity to fuck over independent sellers on eBay (who do not generally have the resources or margins to coddle problem child buyers.)  This change was heralded (by eBay) as a huge step forward in consumer protection, and that no longer would eBay buyers have to be afraid to leave negative feedback when they got ripped off or were otherwise disappointed. The eBay selling community kind of shook its collective head and said, "Wait, what?"   But aside from that, the practical response was that eBay sellers started suing buyers over feedback -- cases have been few and far between, but you can find them via a Google search, and the unifying feature among the cases is that they seem to have all come about since feedback from sellers to buyers was eliminated.   


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January 17, 2012, 10:41:44 PM
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Just use ebay, and put "bitcoin accepted" in the body.

Other than that, the forum works well as an auction site.

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January 17, 2012, 10:58:33 PM
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Just use ebay, and put "bitcoin accepted" in the body.

Other than that, the forum works well as an auction site.

Wait! What? You talking about the BitcoinTalk forum being used as the auction site?
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January 18, 2012, 12:25:25 AM
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Just use ebay, and put "bitcoin accepted" in the body.

Other than that, the forum works well as an auction site.

Wait! What? You talking about the BitcoinTalk forum being used as the auction site?


I have bought and sold things in the auction section of this forum. It seems to work well.

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January 18, 2012, 07:04:24 AM
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I'd keep an eye on this page.   eBay is actually quite draconian about payment methods; although they have backed off a little bit since then, for a while they had a long list of alternate currencies specifically named as prohibited.  It wouldn't suprise me if they added Bitcoin to that page at some point.  Of course, that sixth item on the "Payment methods not allowed on eBay" might well be interpreted to include Bitcoin. 


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