I saw this interesting article on how easy it is to inflate your Ebay rating. The gist of the idea is that by selling an e-book for pennies on Ebay, you can get a lot of positive ratings, which are crucial on Ebay.Â Since it is possible to sell a nearly infinite number of e-books, the cost is a one time expenditure to create the content of the e-book.Â The result is a small investment that can lead to a big reputation.
This shows a glaring loophole in Ebay’s grading System. Ebay’s ratings should reflect the amount of the transaction in such a way that micro-transactions would have a minimal effect on your rating. While it is possible to review the the ratings, it’s difficult for people to review all the items that a person has previous sold.
What should Ebay do? They should post the average selling and average buying price of each item reviewed. This way if I sell 2000 e-books for a penny and 25, $50 items, it’s obvious that I’m inflating things.
Have you ever run into an inflated eBay ranking? Is this really a prevalent problem or am I just making it out to be more than it is?