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Old 08-27-2007, 09:28 PM   #1
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Question about Ebay

Okay, I have my bike on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...MESE:IT&ih=001

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The high bidder(and only bidder) makes me nervous. He has no feedback and he sent me a message that said "looks nice.....--xxxx" It was relieving that he did leave a phone number so I contacted him today. I told him I was selling the bike on ebay and he said "ohh, which one are you selling" I explained and I told him he was the high bidder. He replied "well I really just want to come look at it" I said you are the high bidder and you are more than welcome to see it but you know that if you win you do have to buy it he kinda mumbled and somewhere in there he said yeah. I gave him my address and asked him to call me back when he planned to see it, he hasn't called me and the auction ends Wednesday. Now, he lives in Houston and I highly doubt he will actually pay if he does win after the way he acted over the telephone. Here's is where I'm stuck, do I call him and say something like "Hey, just wanted to check back and see when you plan to come look at the bike" and also flat out ask him if he's definately going to pay if he wins. Or do I just leave it alone and hope someone outbids him? If he doesn't pay, would ya'll reccommend legal action(IE: small claims court if I can track down who he actually is), the fact that he is local and that it would be a great lesson for me on how courts work makes me want to take this type of action. I want to hear what everyone thinks. Remember, this is a 'what if' situation but I am curious to everyone's opinion.
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Old 08-27-2007, 09:32 PM   #2
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Don't let him meet you at your house. Go somewhere else nearby
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Don't let him meet you at your house. Go somewhere else nearby
I thought about this but with 3 roommates I decided to go ahead and give him my address. Someone is ALWAYS home and I'd rather shoot him at my house then have him try and jack me at a gas station...
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Contact ebay. Im sure they have dealt with this multiple times.
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Old 08-27-2007, 09:54 PM   #6
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don't worry about it until the auction ends. why would you take him to small claims court if he didn't pay?

should he not pay, just relist and move on (free to relist). i've never heard of people taking others to court over ebay, unless the seller was a scammer.

and i am not sure of the "have to buy" at end of auction, especially when it comes to vehicles, because there's the possibility that everything wasn't listed...plus i believe he still has plenty of time to cancel his bid as well.

relax. besides, someone will probably outbid him.
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don't worry about it until the auction ends. why would you take him to small claims court if he didn't pay?

should he not pay, just relist and move on (free to relist). i've never heard of people taking others to court over ebay, unless the seller was a scammer.

and i am not sure of the "have to buy" at end of auction, especially when it comes to vehicles, because there's the possibility that everything wasn't listed...plus i believe he still has plenty of time to cancel his bid as well.

relax. besides, someone will probably outbid him.
I'm not sure if it is free to relist(may be, just not sure) I know I'll get the $50 transaction fee back but not sure on the relisting fee. Bids ARE a legally binding contract, that's why buyers are encouraged to come view items before bidding. It's not that I'm extremely hard up for the money(I do need it, just not immediately), it's just principle....why bid on something if you don't plan on buying? I've had it happen plenty of times but this guy happens to be local, so I don't see the harm in going after what is rightly mine...
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ya, but that's what makes ebay the community that it is.

it's free to relist (only once)...

i've never read the fine print, but i don't think it will allow you to really go after the person and force them to pay.

anyhow, good luck with it, i saw your ad on ebay. looked good.
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thank you sir.
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i think you're making a big deal out of something small....if you don't like the bidder....don't allow him to bid.

if i were you, i would've made it clear that people with 0 or negative feedback may not bid. works for me 95% of the time.
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i think you're making a big deal out of something small....if you don't like the bidder....don't allow him to bid.

if i were you, i would've made it clear that people with 0 or negative feedback may not bid. works for me 95% of the time.
Yeah, most likely. For some reason I just can't stand getting screwed online...I do so much business online that goes flawless that when I get screwed I am too defensive. I generally set my auctions so people with 0 feedbacks must contact me first but I guess I was in a hurry this time. I have a feeling someone will just outbid him and I will have worried for nothing but I have no idea what his top bid is set at :/:

I guess what I should do is give him the benefit of the doubt like every other buyer and wait till the auction ends Wednesday to even worry about anything I actually have NEVER had an issue with people through Ebay so I am trying to get an idea of what to do, but like everyone said, if it does go south, start over and just use it as a lesson.
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retract his bid....and say goodbye to the deadbeat bidder.
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retract his bid....and say goodbye to the deadbeat bidder.

Not sure if i can once reserve is met....I'll look into it. I think I'll speak with him on the phone tomorrow and ask if that is what he wants me to do. Although, on the other hand if I did that and nobody else bid then I couldn't relist for free
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Just like Houseofpains said, shoulda have minimum rating requirements. Just like you said, you have been dealt with this situation before just cut your lost and relist. Taking the guy out to court is wasted of time and money even if you won. Where the would a dead beat comes up with the money? Will you give him the bike since he won it but haven't pay up? Ebay is a system of points like credits, the more you have the more you are trusted in selling and buying. Besides, the auction isn't ended until Wed. and he might shows up with the money if he won the auction.
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:33 AM   #15
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did you try listing it on craigslist?
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If you want retract his bid, but usually ppl don't bid until the last few hours. I'm sure he will be outbid. But bidding on ebay is a legal contract from what I understand.
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It is, and basically all they can do is give you a 'non paying warn' ... if you get 2 or 3 they ban your account.

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yeah, but it's not worth the hassle to go after them. just retract his bid. and see what happens. IMO to many flakes for big $ items on ebay, 542+ feedback.
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I have 100% feedback and 40+ feedback ...

but I still wouldn't trust anyone with less than 50-75 feedback ..

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I think i have like 95, that includes buying and selling. I would have done locally. Much less hassle. Whenever I sell on ebay I also list locally. I put a buy it now price and add that I am selling locally and have the right to end the auction at any time. I actually think it kind of persuades ppl to buy it now. lol
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