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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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Ever had problems with Ebay bidders?

I'm selling an item on Ebay and have my doubts about the current high bidder. They have a very generic bidder id and only a (1) for history rating (from 3 years ago). They've also bid many times in small increments on the item. I sent them an email with an easy "prove you're not a computer" question. Hopefully, I hear back, but what would you guys recommend if I don't? I've never had to cancel someone's bid, but I want to make sure the REAL people bidding have their chance to win.

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Lots of folks bid cheaply, and every one of us started with low numbers.
I would give him the benefit of the doubt. He is the one risking his money. You don't have to send it 'til the check clears.


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If you put in your max bid the comp will bid for you in small bids.

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Let it ride. THe only problem is that if it turns out to be bad faith bidding, you have to wait like 4 days befroe you can file an unpaid item claim, then another 2 - 4 for ebay to do their thing before you can relist the item and get a refund on the final value fee. When I first started using eBay, I had a lot of my bids get cancelled becuse the sellers wouldn't accept bids form new users. On the one hand, I can understand their point, but you can't get out of a zero rating unless people let you buy stuff. I eventually just started looking only at "buy it now" items and bough a bunch of little stuff to beef up my rating.

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I have been an ebay member since 2004 my rating is only a 17 I just dont buy a lot.


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Thanks for the comments guys. Don't get me wrong, I do remember when I only had a 1 rating. I don't have a problem selling to someone with a low rating, because like you say, it's pretty low risk. I receive payment, I ship the item, easy. I've never had a problem before. Just the combination of the reasons listed above made it seem a little fishy, I'm not worried about somehow not getting paid, just that other people may be participating in an auction they can't win.

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First (hopefully last) time in the shop:
Carb rebuild New brakes front and back New radiator fan
I've done:
Spline Lube New (used - non-leaky) Gas Tank New Fork Seals New Pirelli tires New Yuasa Maintenance Free Battery
Fresh Dexcool coolant Upgraded Shunt-type R/R (Relocated) Headlight Bypass Stator tested - PASSED
Clutch Swap - EBC Street Racer Frictions with new eBayed steels ACCT to MCCT conversion
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Am I the only one dyin' to know what's being bid on? Gotta link? Is not like, your crack pipe or something is it?
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LOL, no no no, I only sell crack pipes outta the trunk of my car!

I'm selling my luggage rack right now.

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First (hopefully last) time in the shop:
Carb rebuild New brakes front and back New radiator fan
I've done:
Spline Lube New (used - non-leaky) Gas Tank New Fork Seals New Pirelli tires New Yuasa Maintenance Free Battery
Fresh Dexcool coolant Upgraded Shunt-type R/R (Relocated) Headlight Bypass Stator tested - PASSED
Clutch Swap - EBC Street Racer Frictions with new eBayed steels ACCT to MCCT conversion
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^ Ahh, I see. Maybe I should have checked the 'sell or swap' section before posting. Good to know I can score a crack pipe from you too if I can ID your car...
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I'm not worried about somehow not getting paid, just that other people may be participating in an auction they can't win.
I am not sure I understand wht you are saying.

Seems to me nobody can win an auction unless he is a sniper. That is what eBay has devolved to.
It makes no sense to bid early, you'll just drive up the price. Wait until the last three minutes, throw in your highest bid, and eBay will offer a nice little bid in your name that is a dollar over the highest bid. The other bidders have to bid their penny-ante bids trying to just barely beat you. Good luck.
A seller can't win. But it is not set up for sellers to win.

As a buyer, I kinda like that. I used to hate snipers, and now I am one.


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