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Feedback manipulation policy

Policy overview

eBay's Feedback system allows members to rate each other after a transaction. It's a way to earn a good reputation as a buyer and seller on our website.

To make sure this system runs as smoothly and as fairly as possible, we have rules on how it's used. Of course, we don't allow manipulating Feedback or detailed seller ratings (DSRs) in any way (see our guidelines below for examples and more information).

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

These guidelines also apply to digitally delivered goods and Want It Now ads.


  • Having the word “Feedback” in a title if that word is part of the item's name (for example, describing a book called “Reduce Feedback in Amps”)

  • Saying that you'll leave Feedback after receiving Feedback from other members

Not allowed

  • Exchanging Feedback for the sole purpose of increasing your Feedback score, getting website privileges, or enhancing your reputation

  • Including the word "Feedback" or any reference to eBay Feedback in a listing title (except when that word is used to describe the item for sale)

  • Manipulating another member’s detailed seller ratings (DSRs) through a combination of repeat purchases and low DSRs to reduce another user’s Feedback scores, or showing a pattern of leaving positive Feedback with consistently low DSRs

  • Offering to pay members for their user ID

  • Offering to sell, buy, barter, or give away Feedback

  • Working with other members or registering multiple accounts to artificially increase your Feedback score

Reporting a violation

Help us make Feedback and detailed seller ratings as fair and honest as possible. If you see a violation of our policy, report it to us. Be sure to provide the member's user ID, the item number (if applicable), and a brief summary of the situation. Here's where you can file a report:

  • Report members who are artificially increasing their own Feedback score.

  • Report members who are trying to damage your (or another member's) Feedback score or detailed seller ratings.

Just like the real world, you earn a reputation based on your actions and how well you treat others. The eBay Feedback system works pretty much the same way. We want to keep it honest and fair for all members, and our rules help us do that.

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