I bought a G-Shock from "buysaleitems" on eBay. I sent payment via postal money order within 48 hours of the end of the auction. The seller received my payment 7 days later (Texas mail must be the worst), and I received notice today that the watch was being shipped.
I wrote and asked the seller to please leave me positive feedback, since he had received my payment. He wrote back and stated:
"We have automatic system where feedback will be left once we get the feedback." That is, once I post feedback for them.
I replied as follows: "Ah, isn't that a little unfair? After all, a buyer's payment and a seller's shipment are two different events. I think I'm entitled to positive feedback when you receive my payment."
There has been no further comment from the seller. Now, am I out of line? I always left pos-feedback for a buyer as soon as I received payment. This "automatic system" almost seems like an insurance policy for the seller's reputation.