Online Auction site's built in reputation systems are virtually
useless, no-one who's used online auctions for any length of time would
leave negative feedback for fear of a retaliatory negative. Giving a
negative is almost a guarantee that you will get a negative in return;
even if your part of
the transaction was perfect the other person will most likely do it to prompt a mutual withdrawal of the negative you left.
Reputations are critical for buying and selling on online auctions however the built in systems simply do not help.
OhRep is different, it allows buyers and sellers to leave anonymous
feedback for their transactions and is not restricted to a single line
OhRep will provide a much more honest feedback rating for you to check before parting with your money or goods.
All systems have flaws and potentially OhRep is open to abuse however
the motivation for abuse is very low and the benefits are virtually
nill, even with massive amounts of effort.
In general OhRep reputations will be significantly lower than the
online auction site's feedback ratings due to OhRep more likely to be
used when someone has a grievance they dare not raise on the auction
feedback system. As a result it is critical that the feedback listed on
considered in conjunction with the auction sites own feedback and
considers the seller or buyers volume of feedback. Some bad feedback is
acceptable and OhRep feedback should always be considered as a
percentage of the whole picture.
For example a seller with 1000 positives and no negatives on eBay but 5
negatives and 10 positives on OhRep could still be considered a good
seller. Especially compared to a seller with 1000 positives and no
negatives on eBay but 50 negatives and no positives on OhRep.
You should also remember that some people are never happy with any
level of service so even the best sellers on eBay will get some
Remember, it's your money that's at stake, you deserve to have access
to open and honest feedback on the people you are trading with.
If you have a good or bad experience with any online auction trader
then please enter it on Oh Rep!, the more you put in the more you will
Oh Rep! also allows anyone to leave comments on Traders that they see
are trying to scam people without actually dealing with them. If you
see an auction that is clearly a scam then comment on it here, although
online auction sites have facilities for reporting scam auctions in
many cases they simply don't act unless the auction is so bad it makes
it into the press.
If you believe you have been wrongly given a negative on an online
auction then you can also use Oh Rep! to explain the circumstances
fully, please quote the item number and give details in your own
Even if you were wrong you can explain the mistake, being open and
honest about circumstances will give buyers an opportunity to overlook