Thank you for the insight. Very helpful! I agree with the majority of your points. However, I would like to offer two alternative perspectives on a couple of your points. 1. Re: your comment about not buying from a seller who has no sales history...would your position be different if the seller was new to the platform? I’m new to the platform and haven’t had any sales yet, but I certainly hope to in the near future. Everyone is new to the platform at some point...and everyone has zero sales when they first start. To warn people against doing business with a seller who has zero sales seems a bit harsh, especially if you consider new sellers. 2. Re: your advice to avoid sellers who use stock photos. For a few of my items (not many), I have elected to use stock photos in addition to my own photos. In each instance, I’ve used stock photos because the item is a.) brand new and factory sealed in a nondescript box OR b.) the box is descriptive, but I still want to include a photo of the item as opposed to only showing a sealed box. I think it is completely acceptable to have some photos the seller has taken of the box, plus some stock photos of the actual item. I’ve occasionally used this strategy on other platforms, have never dropped below 100% positive ratings, and absolutely remain focused on the quality of my listings and the items I sell. I think it is too over-arching to advise buyers to avoid sellers who use stock photos. Again, I certainly appreciate your perspective and am happy that you shared it...I hope my comments can provide an alternative viewpoint to consider. Life is rarely so black and white...it’s usually shades of gray.
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