eBay For Dummies, (Updated for 2020)
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Yes, eBay loves the stars. When you first join eBay, it seems like everyone on eBay has a star next to the user ID except for you. It’s so unfair isn’t it? Well, not really. The stars of many colors are awarded based on the amount of your feedback rating. When you receive a feedback rating of 10, you get a bright new gold star (just like in school).

So, what do these stars mean exactly? You may notice stars of other colors — even shooting stars. As a buyer, these stars are there to help you, and you will increase your chances of a successful transaction if you do your homework.

Star Feedback Rating
Gold star 10 to 49
Blue star 50 to 99
Turquoise star 100 to 499
Purple star 500 to 999
Red star 1000 to 4999
Green star 5000 to 9999
Gold shooting star 10,000 to 24,999
Turquoise shooting star 25,000 to 49,999
Purple shooting star 50,000 to 99,999
Red shooting star 100,000 and higher

After you have a star and you reach a higher level, you will get a silly tingly feeling of accomplishment. Very silly, yes, but it's all part of being an active member of the eBay community.

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