I'd like a way to respond to negative feedback

I just received my first negative feedback. I certainly earned it, as I listed an item as MNH, and the buyer tells me that it is hinged (I believe the buyer is telling the truth). I've since sent a replacement to the buyer, but the negative feedback has already been left.

I'd like to see the ability to add a comment after the negative feedback, to let people know that I'm willing to "make right" any mistakes that creep into my listings. Is there a way to do this currently? If not, is it something that could be added to the wish list?




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  • It's to bad the buyer did not contact you first. I am with you for the ability to leave a comment.
  • Here here, 'replacement stamp sent' money refunded' hell of an idea....(please add six likes to his score, thank you)
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  • edited November 2016 1 LikesVote Down
    In the grand scheme of things, it shouldn't make a difference. But it does tarnish and it stings when you have an otherwise "perfect" record. Rather than just a comment to respond, another idea would be to have the ability to have a follow-up score, sort of like the BBB. Was the issue brought about to a satisfactory resolution? Mistakes happen, but what I see as more valuable information is how a seller resolves the issue, not whether or not there was an event. There are some curmudgeons out there that will never be happy no matter what you do, but most of the time, it's probably a good news outcome and it would be good to find a way to communicate that if feedback was already left. And instead of "negative", perhaps it would be best to rank them as "issues" or "no issues". I think this would be more enlightening. It's not so stark. We could even have categories, such as missed faults, packaging issues, etc. with space for details if an issue were to be reported. As a seller, I would rather have feedback data that would help me improve (such as packaging didn't work as intended) versus all positive feedback if the issue wasn't severe enough to cause a buyer to make a negative feedback rating. It has too much stigma. And for those who are just @$$es, i think their complaints would run hollow in light of the other more constructive ones.
  • edited November 2016 0 LikesVote Down
    Just to provide an update on the need for this ... I e-mailed the buyer, apologized, took responsibility, refunded his money, and sent a replacement stamp. The buyer e-mailed back, and accepted my apology (along with my solution).

    I'm comfortable with accepting the responsibility for the error that I made. I'd like to be able to point out in the feedback area, though, that I've provided the buyer with an acceptable resolution.

    The argument against this concept is I could be a really bad seller, get bad feedback, and respond with lies every time one shows up. Then it becomes meaningless.

    I welcome other suggestions on what functionality could be put in place to deal with this kind of issue.

  • I like the star system over at Feebay. Give positive feedback, but you can knock them in the lacking area.
  • I like Doug's idea the best so far. Giving me positive FB is always making me think I did every thing correctly. Giving me a positive critic reassures me that I've done it well. i.e. packaged well, arrived on time, speedy delivery, got what was pictured, etc. But, if the buyer was not happy, please contact me FIRST, let me try to make things right then leave a positive FB because I did correct the error. I'm human and stuff happens, please don't fire at me because I had a Senior Moment. We all have them, that's why we invented post 'em notes!
  • The issue I have with the feedback system is that so many sites ask for feedback.I know a
    lot of people only leave feedback if they have had a negative experience. It's interesting how people put so much importance on a feedback rating but don't take a second to let buyers know that you did a good job. I know as a buyer I don't put a lot of stock in a little negative feedback anymore. I think the new sellers are the ones that really get hurt by it. Could there be a way the buyer could be given a chance to edit their feedback? I think that it may better than a seller's response. It would mean more to have the buyer say we solved an issue than for the seller to say the same thing. That's all I've got

  • This is one reason I had indicated I wish there was a way (like there was on Bidstart) to block buyers who do this. I had a buyer on Bidstart who purchased about 100 items - 2 of the items he said did not meet his criteria (they were cheap stamps) and he gave me negative feedback immediatel. He did this without the courtesy of sending me a message first because I would have gladly refunded him for the two stamps. Instead I was left with some negative feedback and there was no way to respond on the feedback system but I was able to block the buyer so he would not do that to me again. I just know this will happen to me again here and I would not be surprised it will be the same buyer who finds me again ! Steve
  • I think that people need to learn how to feedback, period.

    I had a customer a few years back who left me neutral feedback, "As stated in listing." Now I am not trying to read between the lines, but that to me is that he received exactly what was represented in the listing. He never contacted me beforehand.

    I checked his feedback for others, and out of 17 feedbacks, he had left 6 negative, 8 neutral, and 3 positive, all with similar comments to my feedback above. I simply responded with a neutral feedback of "As stated in listing."

    He left the site after a couple of weeks, but in the mean time I did not want to deal with this person again, so I used the Block Buyer function (hint, hint).
  • I don't think you should be able to change feedback. While your heroic efforts to save a customer are noteworthy and the customer's actions seem obnoxious. Who gives negative feedback over a .60 stamp because of a hinge mark. I think most sellers would agree blocking in this case.
  • This is one of those rare times when I would like to have the option to respond to feedback! I hadn't checked my feedback since November, but just did so and found a buyer had left over 30 negative comments in December for a large purchase we cordially agreed to cancel in early November! He said,

    "There was a problem with the seller's Paypal and after waiting weeks for him to relist the stamps I bowed out. Doesn't seem to care about selling his stamps."

    While this buyer was in my store, he said the HipStamp site froze for 20 minutes. However, he was able to complete his shopping when access was restored. He completed the purchases and paid via PayPal. However, when I went to PayPal to print a shipping label (this purchase required insurance), The PayPal system informed me they had no mailing address for the individual and couldn't print the label. I initially thought it was just a temporary problem with the PayPal system. after failing several times to get the PayPal system to find the buyer's address, I contacted HipStamp about the problem since there had been some sort of technical problem while the buyer was shopping in my store. HipStamp was already working on the PayPal problem and said it might take a while to resolve. Given that uncertainty and the fact the buyer was preparing to leave on an extended out-of-state visit, we agreed to cancel the order and re-do it upon his return home. I offered to delay re-listing the stamps until he returned home and he liked that idea. I expected him to contact me when he returned at which time I would relist the items at a time convenient to him.

    I didn't hear from the buyer for a few weeks, but my time was devoted to more serious family matters and I wasn't concerned. When I finally found some free time, I contacted the buyer to ask if was back home and still interested in the stamps. He was definitely still interested, but I explained it would probably be a few days before I would have time to relist the stamps. He didn't have a problem with that. Then, a few days later, before I got the stamps relisted, the buyer sent an email to express his displeasure with my not yet having listed the stamps and said he was no longer interested. No problem. I later relisted the stamps and thought nothing more about it.

    Then, a short while ago I found the 30+ comments from this buyer on a transaction that we cordially and mutually agreed to cancel due to: 1) a technical problem beyond our control; and 2) his imminent departure for an extended out-of-state family visit! He knew PayPal was having a problem with his transaction and that HipStamp was working on the problem. He didn't contact me upon his return home. I took the initiative to contact him! It never occurred to me he would leave feedback of any kind for a transaction we agreed to cancel, much less negative feedback for a problem neither of us created nor had any control over. Inexplicable behavior!
  • Actually, I think you should contact support to have it removed, period.

  • Another reason why I like to be able to BLOCK Buyers from my store like we were able to do in Bidstart. !
  • I had a similar situation,customer never contacted me first and left a long feedback note. I stated on the listing I would resolve any issues before any negative feedback and told him why he had done that,he just said to deal with it. I would never leave negative feedback without first contacting the seller. Maybe its this polar vortex driving ppl insane.
  • Obviously some buyers expect immediate perfection to match their own godlike perfection at all times (sounds like my demented mother). As a buyer I realize that mistakes can happen. When it does, I contact (that means COMMUNICATE) with the seller to advise of the issue. I give the seller time to correct the problem. If the seller handles the matter and makes it right, the seller gets positive feedback from me. But them, I don't expect immediate perfection at all times. I expect others to do their best, and to make it right if something went wrong.
  • I agree Michael sellers must be held responsible and at least given a second chance. At the end of the day we are a big community and we must considerate of one another buyer and seller we are all this together.
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