As a seller and a buyer myself on ebay, this is how I feel.
For a buyer I feel purchases are very safe now a days on the buyers end. What you need to do before any purchases are made is look at the sellers rating and come up with a number you are comfortable with.
I first started out on ebay as a buyer, and used to purchase items from sellers who have 98% positive feedback or higher.
I later started selling a few items, and found out all the details good sellers need to jump though to maintain a "Top Rated: Seller with highest buyer rating"
As a buyer if you purchase a item from a top rated seller, you most often can return it, but read the fine print of each purchase.(Some sellers offer free returns, others do not). If a case gets open because the item is defective, damaged in shipping, or not as described, you the buyer are going to win the dispute .Good sellers will also insure high dollar items, as they have that option though the shipping companies.
Most sellers with succesful accounts are going to want to protect there rating above anything else, and will make sure to keep you the buyer happy.
There are lots of good sellers out there, and e-bay provides the buyer with the tools to find them. As a buyer I somtimes I pay a few bucks more to select the seller with the higher rating,
I have always purchased Items from sellers with a high percentage of positive feedback and who also have over 100 sales in the last year, and never had a problem.
If you want to weed things out even futher buy from a seller who has 100% positive feedback, as this means they place customer service first.
As a buyer I would also pass on just a 10% savings, but you could always send the seller a lower offer by ebay messages, and they might accept.
As a Seller I have accepted many offers, even though I do not list it as a option. For me it all depends on how long I have had the item, how many watchers it has, and how eager I am to sell it.
Edited by Mbinoc, 03 May 2019 - 06:19 PM.