The issue is larger than simply buying aged accounts with pre-existing feedbacks; this is just one of a number of reasons that the Feedback is flawed and loses much (some would argue all) of its value. eBay
faced a large problem when it startedů how do you get buyers to pay for something sight unseen, from an anonymous seller, potentially in a country where they buyer has zero legal recourse. In other words, they needed to tilt the playing field in favor of the buyer and do whatever they could to build buyer confidence. It was the only way the entire platform would work, without buyer confidence the business model fails.
So they titled the playing field in favor of the buyers and also implemented a buyer confidence building tool, the Feedback system. It is meant to build confidence in not knowing who you are sending your money to and hoping they will send you what you think you are buying. eBay
is saying to buyers, 'don't worry, we and other buyers have vetted these sellers'.
But truthfully and as we now know, eBay
has no feasible method for vetting a seller. You could setup your dog with an online bank account and get him an eBay
account. Even worse, eBay
is the fox guarding the henhouse; an actual feedback system would be controlled by a third party without a vested interest in making the scores look good. Anyone who has ever done any kind of retail business knows full well that it is impossible to do 50,000+ transactions without a single negative review. No matter how good you might be, bad reviews happen all the time. As we know, eBay
removes negative feedbacks, especially for the high volume sellers.
And it works in the other direction too. If I have 40-50 eBay
accounts (and many of the 'bad guys' do), then I can maliciously trash your feedback easily. It might cost some money to buy 5-10 of your cheapest listings, but you would never catch on that the buys and negative feedbacks were all coming from the same person. And keep in mind that that a person can do this to your eBay
seller account for reasons beyond eBay
(like they do not like what you posted in a forum, they think you had a lust filled look at their wife at a stamp show, or do not like your success). eBay
is pulling the wool over the eyes of people with a Feedback system that has holes large enough to drive trucks through it. They don't care as long as it falsely builds confidence with lots of people.