Back in 2007 I wrote this article about transferring your ebay feedback to alternative auction sites. The trend is still going, and more and more auction sites now offer you the chance to transfer your ebay feedback when you register as a seller with them.
Recently I’ve received some questions from a reader about this subject, seeking clarification on whether feedback transfer is authorised from ebay and if the article is still relevant.
Q. If it’s against ebay policy to transfer feedback to another website, how are some of other auction websites like ioffer.com and bonanzle.com have feedback transfer programs? Do they have some special agreement with ebay?
The latest ebay agreement still states that you are not permitted to transfer your feedback to any other non ebay site. I consulted Bonanzle customer services over the issue, who openly admitted that “We have no agreement with eBay for this, nor does the other alternatives who also import feedback from eBay and other marketplaces. We have had zero instances of trouble with this”
Q. How do these programs verify that you are the correct person? I don’t want somebody else using my ebay name to get my feedback.
Most of these services ask you to verify it’s your feedback by entering your ebay username and password – this should never be stored by the alternative auction site so it’s important to read the terms and conditions first. If you’ve any doubt or concerns about the security of this, simply avoid the issue by not transferring your feedback.
I’ve heard no reports of ebay closing individual accounts who transfer their feedback to alternative auction sites, and it’s good to know that ebay are not pursuing those auction sites yet. However it’s important to be aware of the risks - however minimal they are, that your ebay account could be closed. I’d love to hear your thoughts on transferring feedback to other sites? Have you done it and would you recommend it?