There's a bit of hyperbole here. For one, a buyer only has 30 days to file for a return through eBay. They can go through PayPal after that if they are aware, which has nothing to do with eBay. Also, eBay currently has nothing to do with payment processing. PayPal handles all chargebacks, and as a seller, you are protected against them through PayPal. PayPal fights chargebacks for you. It sounds like you are referring to a forced refund, but calling it a chargeback. If someone "returns a turd in a box" back to you, there is recourse to be reimbursed by eBay.I freaking hate eBay. They side with a buyer no matter what. A buyer can basically return any product back for any reason and in any condition for up to 60 days and you still get hit with charge backs as soon as the tracking number shows delivered back to you. It's crazy because the person could literally return a turd in a box back to you and eBay doesn't care. I now only use to eBay to sell $100 or so items. Anything more and I am putting it up on Agon, craigslist, offerup, etc.
I do understand your frustrations though. eBay is getting harder to go to as a means to sell. Every new policy change seems to always benefit the buyers, and makes using the site harder on sellers. It's been going this route for 10+ years. That's what happens when you have basically no competition in the market.
If you sell more than $500 or so a month, paying for an eBay store makes more sense. When you have a store, you only pay 6.15% to sell electronics.yonson: The fees are ebay are like extortion... Even if your a buyer now you get hit with a tax on some items, even if they are used which is total BS. I now use US Audiomart mostly, as people are gravitating towards it because Audiogon fees have gone up.... At least they are not hitting them up with taxes... Ironically if you buy tee shirt or some other less expensive gear you don't see the taxes, but ebay will loose business because of this. Used items should be taxed, and our lovely government is now double dipping and some times triple dipping....
eBay was doing everything they could to get people to send letters to their local Governor's before the legislation was passed. They made it easy to just electronically sign a document, and then it got sent to your state Governor. Believe me, they didn't want to be forced to charge sales tax. They are also making it easier on sellers by collecting sales tax and submitting it to the state it belongs to. Imagine, as a seller, if you sold items to all 50 states annually, and then had to file and submit sales tax to all 50 states separately.