A Trade Me spat has brought out the worst side of a seller - but also raised two broader issues about the way the site does business. Specifically, the difficulty in viewing negative ratings, and arguably unnecessary hurdles to establishing a professional seller's identity.

Auckland woman Lee Harris wasn't happy after buying a foldable camping shower on Trade Me.

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It wouldn't fold.

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When she raised the fact it wouldn't fold with the seller, she got this unhelpful - and not to mention sexist - response:

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