ken at seefried.com
Thu Feb 8 20:37:41 CST 2007
From: Richard <legalize at xmission.com>
>> As an aside, INMHO E-bay feedback is seriously broken, in that you can
>> bet seller will give you negative feedback if you give him negative
>> feedback, no matter how poor the product, how misleading the discription,
>> how promptly you paid, etc.
>In fact this seller tried to blackmail me saying "if you remove your
>negative feedback, then I will remove mine,
I've not had this, but I've had a *lot* of sellers (almost always big ones)
who have sent me mails to the effect "I'll leave you positive feedback after
you leave me positive feedback". I don't leave any feedback for them.
As a slightly amusing aside, the only negative eBay feedback I have was from
this Canadian douchebag dentist-in-training who was pissed I left him
neutral (not negative) feedback that it took something like 3 weeks to ship
two small packages. Not only did he leave me negative feedback, as some
sort of juvenile "payback" attempt, he tried to subscribe me to a couple of
dozen random mailing lists. Of course, every one sent me a "reply to this
if you want to subscribe" email, which I ignored.
Now, as it happens, I was a principle information security architect for a
Very Large Telco at the time. There's a certain amount of pull associated
with the job.
Not being real bright, our eBay dork didn't notice some of the mailing lists
involved were hosted at .gov sites. They we're more than willing to supply
me with date/time/IP of the attempt to sign me up. Very easy to track back
to some jerk in Canada rather than me in sunny Atlanta, GA. This resulted
in a few personal calls to his school and ISP to the effect "I'm a senior
security guy at Very Large Telco, but I have a little personal issue I was
hoping you could help me out with...here's the issue, here's the evidence".
They apparently had a really good time dressing this little putz down.
Moral of the story...don't try to screw random strangers. You never know
what kind of pull they have.
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