Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday's Ebay Selling Tip: There will always be haters. And that's okay.

Many of you worry about your ebay feedback...the seller star rating system...the emails you get from buyers.

Ebay is just like life.  You can't please everyone.  You can't and you won't.

There will always be haters.  And that's okay.

Right now, my feedback is over 2,000 and I don't have a negative feedback (yet).  It will happen, I know it will.  That day will come...I might be sad for a moment, but I will get over it.  Life will go on.  I will still need to refill the sippy cup.  There will still be laundry to fold in the dryer.  Dinner will still need to be made.

Here's the deal.  Be honest and fair.  Do the best you can.  Don't be bullied, or pushed around (because some buyers will try to push you around) but be kind, respectful, and understanding.  If a buyer wants a refund or to send something back, even if you say you don't accept refunds, give em' a refund or let them send it back.  It will be okay.  If a buyer sends you a nasty email, insults you, chews you out, threatens to leave you negative feedback...it will be okay.  Go make dinner.  Give your baby a kiss.

Truth is your worth is not tied up in what some random joe schmo buyer from anywhere, usa thinks of you.  No, negative feedback or not, you have worth because you were created by an almighty God who knit you together in your mother's womb, knows every hair on your head, has ordained every one of your days before any one of them ever came to be.  You have worth because God loves you, cares about you, and has a plan for your life...a plan that is sure to involve hard times, trials and difficult circumstances...feedback both negative and positive.  When others put you down, look up.  God loves you and cares about you so much that he sent his son, Jesus, to take the ultimate negative feedback that we deserved.  He lived a perfect life, we did/do not...yet He suffered death on a cross.  In our place.

All because we have great worth in the eyes our our Creator.  All because God loves us and cares for us.

So, don't let the idea of negative feedback hold you back.  And if you get a negative feedback, pick yourself up and keep at it.  'Cause you're worth it.


  1. Thank you for this. I just started selling on ebay and have been a little worried about this. Your blog has been so inspirational to me! JESUS is my Lord too.

  2. Thanks so much for your advice in the email you sent the other day it really helped me out. I really appreciate you taking the time to write this!

  3. Love it! I use to do that with negative feedback. It would make me feel so awful, but now I just let it roll of my back. It's not my favorite thing to get, but I'll live and go on.

    God is my everything! Awesome post!

  4. Such timing! I just e-mailed back a buyer who was wondering why I hadn't shipped her item yet. I stated (like you said) that i would ship within 5 business days and it's only been 2. I'm waiting on payment for another item before I ship. I'm hoping she'll be nice...:). Thanks, and you are right! God loves me with and without negative feedback!

  5. Thank you for being so open and encouraging!

  6. Well Said! Thanks for the encouragement!!

  7. You are so right! I have yet to jump into the Ebay selling (a little nervous) but just sold my first item on Craigslist. Your blog has really been helpful as I'm in the process of selling some of our stuff as well as considering purchasing items to resell. Thanks, too, for your boldness here--Jesus is my Savior, too. God bless.

  8. GREAT post,YS mommy! The first neg is painful, but honestly, you are so right - everything in perspective. Seriously, it's only ebay. There is real suffering in our world today, and getting your first negative doesn't quality as "suffering." Like you said, if you were honest and did your best, realize there are still going to be nit-pickers who never gave you a chance to make it right. Life goes on.


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