Q: negative feedback on ebay can get you sued

rd995
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this was on the local news yesterday when i saw this i though it was a joke but its real so be careful of what feedback you leave on ebay because it can get you sued  http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/orange-county-man-sued-over-negative-ebay-feedback/nPCqn/
rd995 posted May 24, 2012
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erick99
We have no real disincentives for frivolous lawsuits in the U.S.
erick99 (rep: 17.1k) posted May 24, 2012
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arsiel
That is ridiculous. Makes me so mad D:
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted May 24, 2012
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encorez
E-bay needs an overhaul....
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted May 24, 2012
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gangstabarbie
good cause i quit ebay
gangstabarbie (rep: 9.67k) posted May 24, 2012
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bbattag
So far it's just a lawsuit. Until they get somewhere with it ,I dont think anything of it
bbattag (rep: 6.75k) posted May 24, 2012
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erick99
Unless there was actual libel they won't be successful.
erick99 (rep: 17.1k) posted May 24, 2012
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docdst
Actually I have seen people sued over eBay feedback several times on the tv court shows, Judge Judy and The People's Court...
docdst (rep: 50) posted May 24, 2012
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anuragcs
Time of ebay is over. Ebay is not customer friendly.
anuragcs (rep: 118) posted May 24, 2012
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Acidbaby
Who shops on eBay anymore anyway? This isn't 2000 when it was cool and you got a deal. eBay is a joke and has been for years since the fees have skyrocketed.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted May 25, 2012
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lancescape
Apparently nobody shops on eBay anymore...

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47076238/EBay_Earnings_Revenue_Top_Forecasts_Shares_Rise

A wasteland.
lancescape (rep: 145) posted May 25, 2012
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bbattag
Ebay is the best place to quickly and easily find most items at great prices. Personally, if I need something, I check ebay and Amazon first. Especially on low priced items, ebay is the place to go.

For example, I just bought nail clippers for my dog and got a much better price on ebay than amazon or walmart had.

Their stock has been increasing since it hit the bottom in mid-2008, so they obviously aren't doing too bad.
bbattag (rep: 6.75k) posted May 25, 2012
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fluffy
I recently bought a pair of electrical connectors as a guest via Ebay, and it arrived with a "thank you" note that was more of a threat. It implored me to leave only full 5-star feedback, do not open any cases against them, and do not leave any negative/neutral feedback.

Ebay should totally ban this kind of crap.
fluffy (rep: 2.17k) posted May 25, 2012
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akaricke
Lol, we need to be able to sue people on here for negative feedback ;)

SLANDER! Ill see you on Judge Judy! LMAO :D
akaricke (rep: 159k) posted May 25, 2012
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massageval123
I have been selling on ebay since 2004. There have been 2 times where a buyer claimed the item was not as described (both were expensive electronics, so I would tell them to mail it back and i would give them a refund. NOW you cant leave a buyer a negative feedback. So they can bid and purchase anything they want, but you are stuck with ebay fees when they dont buy it. So the buyer would complain to ebay, get their refund, Never send the item back. and leave a negative feedback. i just got off the phone with a lady from Ebay yesturday. Even though the item has not been shipped back and the customer received a FULL refund including Shipping. Ebay wont change feedback unless there is profanity in it.

IF Ebay would do their job and mediate ;then the legal system wouldnt and definately shouldnt be involved! They are lazay crooks! If they dont start supporting sellers we are all gonna go somewhere else!
massageval123 (rep: 20) posted May 26, 2012
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dealwagger
@bbatag, actually, hiring a lawyer and paying all the filing fees is definitely going to leave a mark, even if you win. So I am very concerned seeing this! I shop at ebay first too, but I'll think twice now. A number of good deals is not worth even the stress of litigation, much less the costs.

@akaricke, LOL, $500 for thumbing down!!!
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted May 26, 2012
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zoneric
I never knew about this. Being sued because of negative feedback...this means that you CAN'T say what's REALLY on your mind...in a dozen years, we won't talk at all, of fear of saying something that can be used in court :|
zoneric (rep: 25.9k) posted May 27, 2012
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fluffy
The threat of a lawsuit in return for one's opinion is also the reason that many employers will not provide any sort of job performance info when called as a reference. My own employer will not provide anything more than verification that the person did work for them and the dates they did so.
fluffy (rep: 2.17k) posted May 27, 2012
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encorez
as soon as my lawyer comes back from vacation, I am going to sue all you people.......lol
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted May 28, 2012
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