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Old 10-26-2008, 10:36 PM   #1
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A++++ libel, would sue again

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Posted in Music and Media, 24th October 2008 21:20 GMT


An eBay shopper may face libel charges after posting negative feedback about a seller on the auction site.

Chris Read, a 42-year-old mechanic from Kent, wasn't satisfied with the Samsung phone he purchased on eBay, reports the Daily Telegraph. For one thing, it wasn't the right phone. It was also described to be in "good" condition and arrived rather worse for wear, he claims.

He returned the phone to the seller, Joel Jones, 26, of Suffolk, and requested a refund. Read then posted negative feedback for him, writing the "item was scratched, chipped, and not the model advertised on Mr. Jone's eBay account."

Read did get a refund, but also received an email from Jones claiming the negative feedback was damaging his business. Jones threatened to sue unless the comment was removed.

"Obviously I was shocked," Read told the Daily Telegraph. "I replied saying I stood by my comment and would go to court if necessary."

Afterwards, Read received a pre-court letter demanding he agree the comment was unreasonable. Jones' letter warned that if it wasn't signed in seven days, he would be taken to court and face "substantial" legal fees.

Jones argues that sellers with negative feedback appear lower on the screen in auction searches than others. Jones sells electronics on eBay under the screen name "onsalexuk." His account currently has a 98.7 per cent positive rating with 587 customers offering feedback.

"If you don't like the goods then you get a full refund," Jones said, defending his actions. "Surely that is great customer service and deserves positive feedback."

He told the Daily Telegraph his business "could go under" because of the negative comment and is left with no option but to sue.

Read said he's prepared to fight the legal action.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:36 PM   #2
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OK first of all I buy and sell a lot of misc. items on ebay. This is not the only non-positive feedback on the guys profile. And saying your business is going to shut down because of 1 dis-satisfied customer is total BS.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:42 AM   #3
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OK first of all I buy and sell a lot of misc. items on ebay. This is not the only non-positive feedback on the guys profile. And saying your business is going to shut down because of 1 dis-satisfied customer is total BS.
He probably sends that bullshit letter to everyone that gives him a negative. Any judge would laugh him out of court, or I would hope.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:48 AM   #4
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I'm woundering what ebay has to say about this.
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:46 PM   #7
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I'm woundering what ebay has to say about this.
If ebay has half a brain they'll stay out of it.
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