I'm sure I'm not the only who has noticed & experienced this growing trend, so I'm asking for advice on what to do about it... if anything even can be done. I'm referring to the annoying & equally dishonest practice where sellers will not & do not immediately leave feedback even after you already won & promptly paid for their auction, but instead choose to wait until the buyer leaves feedback first, thus ensuring they can retaliate if the buyer expresses anything negative about the transaction or product received. It's bad enough if they don't leave it at all, but it's ten times worse when they wait for the buyer to do it first - the same person who already fulfilled their part of the deal by paying in the first place. This way of doing things enables the sellers to essentially blackmail their buyers. If the seller takes forever to send something out or sends product that isn't as described and the buyer says as much, the seller can then leave falsified negative feedback about the buyer - something the buyer obviously doesn't want reflected on their account, subsequently forcing them to follow the process of doing a mutual withdrawl of feedback. So that means the buyer gets NO positive feedback as rightly deserved, while the dishonest seller gets the luxury of not having their rating come down a point as it should. This is a MASSIVE loophole in eBay's system of operations, and I'd love to know if anything can be done about it. I mean, somebody there (at eBay) must realize this is a growing problem. There should be a new process that upon payment - if made immediately, within the specified timeframe and/or without reminders being sent to the buyer - the seller has NO CHOICE but to leave immediate positive feedback, whether it's on their own accord or done automatically on their behalf by eBay. This has been a thorn in my side for a long time now, but it's a newly opened wound again after bidding, winning & immediately paying for 5 separate high-price auctions, none of which the sellers have left feedback about since the auctions closed as long as 2-3 weeks ago. One of them even had the balls to say they'll leave positive feedback AFTER I do when I sent a request about it. The only quasi retaliation I seem able to do is just not leave them any feedback at all since it's a guarantee that if I leave negative or neutral, they'll do the same in return. But either situation doesn't help me with my own rating, which just doesn't seem fair. Bleh... just had to get that off my chest even though it'll do nothing to actually improve the situation. And sadly, I've actually seen the same thing happen with certain sellers here as well... which is just as unfortunate.