I've been using eBay for over a decade, sold hundreds of items, paid thousands in fees, 100% seller feedback and never had an issue but I notice their rules are completely ridiculous and fees are unprofitable for seller. Also, I listed items here that gets hidden every month from audience. If my listings truly got full audience, eBay wouldn't have to nag me to lower my prices constantly (which in turn is getting pennies on the dollar). They also wouldn't have to nag me to accept offers especially at 50% of the item's cost. They always fine ways to milk money out of you.
Also, the scammers on this website are unbelievable. I never had an issue until I sold a digital code, where eBay doesn't CLEARLY specify that it's prohibited. In fact, tens and tens of individual sellers sell codes and upon listing, eBay doesn't say it's not allowed, their help page was confusing. I sold a digital code, buyer left feedback, and I sent the code to him via eBay messages (in eBay's platform). Days later, he files a dispute with his original payment. Upon research, I find out that the buyer was a scummy 12 year old kid who made an account, hid his feedback (yes, they can make feedback private now) so no one could see he only buys digital game codes and then does chargebacks on them. In other words, this buyer preys on sellers yet gets away with it. Imagine a platform where the company cares so little that 12 year olds are on there scamming honest sellers? This is so embarrassing for me.
There's no way to leave buyers negative feedback and now they're even allowed to hide their feedback. Also, he's still allowed to have his account after he made a chargeback. EBay refused to help me because I didn't have a tracking number. Apparently, eBay doesn't "recommend" selling digital codes but they don't flat out ban it. Yet the buyers are allowed to buy these codes, scam and sellers can't do anything about it. We're living in 2021 and this is how eBay is set up which is unbelievable.
Not only that, but eBay's pages are all confusing, their website is different designs, mixed up and completely impossible to find real info. Seller central is a mess. Some of their help pages still say "Paypal" this and that yet eBay has ditched Paypal some time ago. This website has been outdated and customer service is useless and won't help if you're scammed. EBay doesn't flag these scammers–both buyer and seller. I reported scammer accounts, nothing was done.
Also, the "local pickup" concept is very confusing so be careful. If a buyer contacts you to buy your items outside of eBay, but doesn't actually buy it on eBay to "pick up", it's an automatic temporary ban on you, eBay will give you a defect, can't sell for two weeks AND eBay will take the final value fee for that item. How does eBay justify this? They have a bot that picks up messages between buyers/sellers and if you end the listing of the product around the time you spoke to the potential buyer, eBay will assume you "sold it" even if you didn't (and sold it elsewhere).
Lastly, avoid buying from Chinese and foreign sellers. I was scammed by one. The item's shipping time was about a month and it never came. I contacted the seller, but the next thing the seller said was that s/he shipped another one out but refused to give a tracking number for it. I stupidly waited because I thought the seller was honest, but it never happened. I waited and contacted the seller constantly who kept saying the same thing "hold on, we'll check your order", which isn't true. I realize the seller purposely delayed just to get out of Paypal's refund window. So basically, Paypal refused to help me (at the time) and I couldn't leave negative feedback for the seller. The seller also continued to sell and wasn't penalized.
Paypal is no longer used on eBay but now eBay can directly take money out of my bank account whenever they feel. Sell your stuff anywhere else. There's plenty of other platforms.
High fees! They said their fees may be less after leaving Paypal but instead, it's been the same flat 12.5% which eBay can now hold for more interest. It only deposits on "business" days, so if you're waiting on that money to pay for shipping or need it immediately, tough luck!
I rather just sell on Amazon even though Amazon has plenty of bad buyers too. At least they have a wider audience and Amazon bans buyers with too many returns, cases, disputes, etc. Ebay just lets this happen over and over. If you're a seller, be careful and don't sell to people who have no feedback, new account or hide their feedback. For buyers, ask all questions before buying and do research. If it's too good to be true, then it is. Lastly, how silly are buying scammers on eBay to pull a scam after they provided you their full physical/shipping address, name and everything. So insane!