What’s Defective With eBay Defects System

On Friday I received message from eBay letting me know there was a "not as described" case opened against me.  I went to the case to see what the buyer was upset about, and here is what the buyer wrote:

"Hi! I thought I ordered this item in L (or even XL if you have it). I received it in a size M, but that won't fit me. How can I get a size L or XL? It needs to be 18", nude, size L or XL. Thank you for helping me. "

I know what you are thinking… "why did she send that poor woman a MEDIUM, when she wanted a large or extra large?"  After I read her complaint, I thought the same thing too.. until I read the description and item specifics, where it states the item is a Medium.  There is even a PHOTO of the tag, where it says MEDIUM.

If you are not familiar with eBay's new "defect" system, ANY open case, for whatever reasons, counts as a DEFECT. If you are a moderate volume seller  that sells in a clothing category, you just might get a few cases opened against you for "not as described" when in all actuality the item doesn't fit the buyer. (True story it is happening to me.) 

**Also if you read my blog, you'd see this post about how buyers are basically encouraged or pointed in the direction to open a case INSTEAD of message the seller first.

If you're not a seller, you may be wondering what all this means…. If you have more than a 2% defect rate, you lose your "Top Rated Seller" status, which means to me, that I will not receive a 20% discount in my fees each month and I will not place at the top of "best match" searches.  If you have more than a 5% defect rate, you could lose your selling privileges.  

Did you know there are sellers with 100% positive feedback that are at or close to the 5% defect rate?  That seems crazy right? 

This is what a defect means to eBay:

Opened case = unhappy buyer  Unhappy buyer= bad seller   Bad seller= Needs to be coached into a better seller OR  removed from the site.

This is what a defect means to a good seller:

Open case= Defect  Defects= less site visibility which = less sales.  OR  you could be removed from the site all together.

Currently the way eBay has things set up ALL CASES OPENED for ANY REASON count as a defect.  This just blows me away. How and why do they think this is a good idea?  It is OBVIOUS that I've done nothing wrong with this case, and that the buyer did not read the description, look at the photos or pay attention to the item specifics… yet some how *I* am responsible for this.


If you are wondering how I responded to this case, my response is below:


As of today, the buyer has not responded back to me. :/

Why the United States Post Office SHOULD NOT Be Part of the eBay Defect Rate

You may know that eBay is currently judging sellers on how quickly the post office handles the package.  If the item I sent is not handled correctly, I may get a defect.  Too many defects, and I can not sell on eBay.  Here is an excellent example of why eBay sellers should not be judged on how well the shipping carrier handles the item.

ponottrusted3This may seem normal to you if you do not know Kansas very well.  Below is a map of where this item went… Do you see how this item was "out for delivery" in Oskaloosa, KS?  Oskaloosa is not even the NEXT zip code over, it's 70 miles away from my post office.



This map shows how it went from Morristown, TN to Knoxville, TN then to Kansas City KANSAS, to Oskaloosa, Kansas then sent to Kansas City MISSOURI then to Rantoul, Kansas. 

This isn't even the best example.  I have packages that show items going to California and they were sent to Florida.  This is just one of the reasons eBay needs to re-think their defect ratings.