How important is the sellers rating to you when buying or biding on ebay?

@apples99 (6564)
United States
March 25, 2009 11:00pm CST
Iv been learning how to sale on ebay, and of course since I'm new I dont have a seller rating yet, and I'm wondering just how important the sellers rating to you when you are buying or selling on ebay, and have you ever taken a chance on someone who didnt have a rating?
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@fasyahime (634)
• Malaysia
3 Apr 09
very important..i always shop from seller who has 99.7% rating and label as power seller.so far, all item that i buy is from high rating seller...i never buy from newbies because i am not sure either to trust them or not and also depend on the item offered.
@fineartist (1217)
• United States
1 Apr 09
Hi, A seller's rating or feedback is extremely important to me, when purchasing items on ebay. I will not purchase anything from a seller who doesn't have feedback or who doesn't have excellent feedback. But, I must tell you, that everyone is not like me and many, many buyers do not even bother to look at a seller's rating. They just make their purchases entirely based on whether or not they want the item that is up for sale. Good luck to you!
• Philippines
28 Mar 09
Hi there. I've had an e-bay account for quite some time but it's only now that I have started buying and selling there for real. I actually rarely buy from sellers with less than 99% rating, especially when we're talking about something that will be shipped internationally and I know that most e-bayers share this kind of mentality. Which is why, as a new seller, I always try my best to show prospective buyers my trustworthiness so that they wouldn't have any qualms purchasing my item even if I don't have a seller's rating yet. I'm more of a casual seller, though - selling items that I don't really need or am no longer interested in so I don't really expect my seller's rating to go up that much but I do hope that I could reach a rating which would allow people to be comfortable enough bidding on my postings.
@EliteUser (3971)
• Australia
27 Mar 09
Hi, Well if you use eBay regularly, you shouldn't actually buy items off the seller if they don't have a rating. People who don't have a rating either are really new to eBay or if they would have sold an item, no one would have left any feedback. Personally I NEVER buy anything of eBay unless the person has a rating of probably above 99%. This would be the minimum rating I would buy an item off a person. If it would be any lower, I wouldn't even bother to look at the item they are even selling, since it is far too risky to buy something. It would be 100% risky if you were to buy an item off a person who has no rating, so my recommendation is to never buy off someone who doesn't have a rating. Have a great day!
• Malaysia
27 Mar 09
seller's rating is very important on ebay.This is due to a lot of fraud cases that happened in ebay.a few years ago i was selling on ebay too.since you are new seller maybe you could start buying some cheap things from other sellers first in order to get a few ratings.there are a lot of scams in ebay which the same person register different id to cheat people. that is why buyers are beware of new sellers with zero rating.let's say today you are the buyer you will take some precautions too when buying from ebay.eventhough a seller receives many good rating you need to check those negative comments given by other users too.i was cheated once when buying stuff from china people. he have a good ratings but it happened to be he asked the buyers rate him before he deliver the product.this is very sound fishy and suspicious.i knew it when i emailed some of the buyers who gave him good ratings
@Humbug25 (12551)
26 Mar 09
Hi ya apples99 I usually check the person's percentage not their selling power. Just recently I bought something from ebay and the feedback a buyer had put for this person was that they had never recieved the item. That was feedback from a year ago and their recent feedback was quite good so I gave them the benefit of the doubt and recieved the item yesterday. I did have to email her to ask her if she had sent it yet but she said that she hadn't because her daughter hadn't been well. I couldn't understand why she didn't send me an email telling me that!! Good luck with it apples Next month I am going to sort some things out to sell on ebay too so I am going to need all the luck I can get for myself!
• United States
26 Mar 09
Are you talking about Detailed Seller Ratings (DSRs)? In my opinion, I believe the average ebay buyer is looking at the feedback score rather than DSRs. The DSRs are primarily important for powersellers who are trying to maintain a 5 or almost 5 star rating, so that they can get a discount on there fees. Obviously it looks bad when you are not in the 4 or 5 star range. A way to improve that is to ask your buyers to leave you 5 star ratings, and if they can't to contact you to let you know what can make their experience a 5 star rating.
@chookie1971 (2277)
• Australia
26 Mar 09
When I have bought from ebay, I have looked at the rating. If the rating is less than 99.7% I don't tend to buy from them. I also look at the negative comments to judge if I want to buy from a seller who has 99.7% or higher.