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Offline shadow67

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Cancelled bids on eBay
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:27:01 PM »
Is it normal to be winning on an eBay auction, only to have the seller cancel the auction and repost at a much higher price? Does anyone else see this or am I just a lucky one? Seems to be happening to me more often recently. I would think if you offer something for bid, if you don’t state a reserve price you should take the highest bid. Grrr

Online Jack Ryan

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Re: Cancelled bids on eBay
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2020, 11:13:59 PM »
That happens.

Some sellers have a stress if it looks like their items will sell for what they think is a low price.

Probably never bothered to work out how to set a reserve.

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Offline FABphones

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Re: Cancelled bids on eBay
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2020, 02:16:56 AM »
I have seen this happen many times. The trend amongst bidders is to bid in the last few seconds, if the seller loses their nerve (because the bidding price is lower than they want) and pulls the auction early, they don’t get to see that happen.

Another seller ruse is to cancel a sale after the auction ends because ‘item is damaged’. Have had this happen a few times too.
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Offline tubaman

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Re: Cancelled bids on eBay
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2020, 04:31:14 AM »
Personally I think it's very bad form to do this. I always set the start price as the absolute minimum I'm prepared to accept for an item. I know this isn't as attractive to buyers as a £0.99 start price, but I don't think it's acceptable to pull an auction because the item doesn't go as high as you want it to. Years ago I managed this by setting a reserve price, but when the minimum allowable reserve became £50 I stopped (and you get charged a fee of 4% of the reserve price even if you don't sell).
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Offline countryman

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Re: Cancelled bids on eBay
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2020, 06:27:25 AM »
Cancelling auctions does not happen "here" any more, since a German court has decided that the seller owes the item to the last bidder if he cancels the auction for no reason.
Reserve prices aren't as attractive on the German eBay, too. Most sellers now use realistic starting prices.
A lot of offers have resorted to eBay classified ads. There all kinds of asking prices can be found... If it's too high, it never sells, simple as that  :)

Offline shadow67

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Re: Cancelled bids on eBay
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2020, 08:42:11 AM »
I inquired to the seller, who replied they were “tired of being low-balled on phone prices”. If a bidder wins an auction they are expected to pay up when the auction is over. If a seller puts up something for bid they should be expected to honor the highest bid. Ok rant over. It is what it is. Thanks for all the replies.

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Re: Cancelled bids on eBay
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2020, 09:25:21 AM »
I inquired to the seller, who replied they were “tired of being low-balled on phone prices”. If a bidder wins an auction they are expected to pay up when the auction is over. If a seller puts up something for bid they should be expected to honor the highest bid. Ok rant over. It is what it is. Thanks for all the replies.
You can contact eBay about it. Buyers have rights too. That message he sent back to you would make a good case in your favor since he has no valid reason for not completing the sale.
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