This is a literal cut and paste of part of a message I got from the trader:-
"I CAN (Bus Controller Area Network) GIVE YOU A Â£5 CASH-BACK for the inconvenience caused if you willing to revise the negative feedback to positive with good star rating. "
As I understand and interpret that message, I am being offered a financial inducement, receipt of which is CONDITIONAL upon me changing feedback from negative to positive. There being no material change in the situation which caused me to give the initial negative feedback.
If I am correct in my interpretation, then the seller is attempting to bribe me, albeit with a small amount, by making the offer of recompense for inconvenience conditional upon my action.
This is, in my view, precisely what is laid out in the Bribery Act 2010 Chapter 23 1(2)(a) and (b)(1).
According to a chat I've just had with eBay's "help" staff:-
a. It is extortion, not bribery
b. It is not even that as the trader is "just trying to compensate me for the inconvenience".
When I raised the point that the inconvenience would be the same whether the offer of recompense was conditional or unconditional, I was told that the seller had "Acted within the selling policies" and the chat was summarily terminated by the helpdesk.
Clearly, I have totally misinterpreted what the trader said... or have I?
The devil in me wants to present the facts to the CPS and see if they think there is a case. Clearly, my views on the matter are completely subjective