to be pissed off at idiots who ask for a Buy-It-Now Price price on eBay auctions

(45 Posts)
PrettyHairClips Sat 17-Nov-12 13:44:05

WTF. If I had a Buy It Now price, I would have put it on the auction FFS. What's up with these people?? Don't they know that sellers have to option to put a BIN price, and if they don't chose that option, it means THEY DON'T WANT TO.

Smeeeinit Sat 17-Nov-12 14:02:06

Wouldn't say your BU but it can work in your favour...
I recently sold a handbag for £75 more than I was willing to sell for from a buyer offering a B.I.N price grin

Item worth easily £50

Will you take £15 inc p&p?

No, no I won't


PrettyHairClips Sat 17-Nov-12 14:11:56

Why do they do it though? Are they really that impatient?

Umm, you may have put a bin, but the minute somebody else bids, the bin is removed.
E.g, 99p start, or £50 bin. Someone bids 99p, bye bye bin price. Hence people asking.

Try and understand how it works before you get your knickers wedged between your arse cheeks.

HellothisisJoanie Sat 17-Nov-12 14:17:43

thats bollocks, I often get stuff that way

Mousefunk Sat 17-Nov-12 14:24:03

I've only ever done it once. The item didn't come up that often, I was desperate for it and it was a ten day auction. As it turns out I got it for about £20 less than they go for in auctions and she threw the p+p in there for free! So I was elated.

I'm happy to accept a buy it now price when I sell if it is a reasonable one. I had a cheeky bugger ask me if he could buy 3 babygrows (incl. The no added sugar sleep thief one) for £10 incl. p+p shock dream on mate.

What annoys me is people who ask stupid qs about the items. If I haven't mentioned any marks then it has none.. and I really cba digging around to find my measuring tape to measure the arms on the coat for you.. I gave you the dress size and that should be enough! If I buy a coat in a store I don't wander around measuring arm lengths.. Grr rant over!

TraineeBabyCatcher Sat 17-Nov-12 14:32:28

Yabu. Many sellers will accept BIN even if they don't set them initially.

I set an auction always, if someone requests a buy it now with a decent offer I normally accept.

I8toys Sat 17-Nov-12 14:36:13

YANBU - Let them wait with everyone else. We always say let it go to auction. Some idiot said oh what I shame I was going to give you £20.

Keep your money mate - I'd rather it go for 99p.

cloudpuff Sat 17-Nov-12 15:06:56

Sometimes I ask for bin if I'm going to be away when the auction ends and missout on bidding, as I dont take laptops,iapds etc on holiday with me. Sometimes they say yes, sometimes they say no.

Yanbu but I dont think its unreasonable for people to ask either.

loopylou6 Sat 17-Nov-12 15:22:18

Idiots? Really? How rude. I've asked for a bin before when my fridge died and I found someone selling locally, they where happy to help.

pigletmania Sat 17-Nov-12 15:25:07

Yabu if you don't ask you don't get. Wht wrong with it anyway, peopl want to see if they can get a bargain. If its something they really wan an don't want other bidders to get their grubby paws on like designer handbags for instance grin

pigletmania Sat 17-Nov-12 15:26:22

Exactly trainee if the offer is good why not. In the uk we are too civil

SweetSeraphim Sat 17-Nov-12 15:27:20

Blimey, I think you're being pretty rude actually. What's the harm in asking? There are loads of reasons why someone might ask that question, you can say no! Sorry asking a simple question presents such a hardship for you hmm

I8toys Sat 17-Nov-12 15:27:28

Pigletmania - nothing wrong at all with it - its when you say no sorry its going to auction and they get abusive. Blocked straight away.

pigletmania Sat 17-Nov-12 15:28:57

Oh no if a seller to,d me it was going to auction fair enough. I both buy and sell

lljkk Sat 17-Nov-12 15:30:42

You usually pay fees for offering BIN. So I never offer BIN even though I might be wiling to accept if offer good enough. It's only a question.

Have you written in CAPITAL TALL GLOWING NEON letters "I will not be offering a Buy It Now" option in the description? Maybe best to do that in future.

pigletmania Sat 17-Nov-12 15:30:43

I have got some fabulous bags at a bargain because I asked fr a BIN, at auction they can go way over the top as people get carried away

pigletmania Sat 17-Nov-12 15:32:14

The sellers fees are dreadful, even at auction. I guess hen your selling high end bags like Dior, Prada, miu miu I will be

tethersend Sat 17-Nov-12 15:34:08


I have asked in the past (when there are no bids), quite prepared to pay what the item is worth- as the seller has refused, I have managed to get the item for a fraction of its worth when the auction ends.

There's no 'I' in idiot wink

LeBFG Sat 17-Nov-12 15:34:20

Er, BIN for 20 quid or wait for the auction to get 99p - and you prefer 99p???

If I have an item I particularly want, I often ask for a BIN price, or even ask for several items as a one price bundle. You only have to refuse. Everyone I've asked have given a price (except one which already had bids on so didn't want to pull - fair enough).

If info is not mentioned in the add, I ask questions too. So if no mention of marks, I'll ask for marks. THe problem is with your description. THe worst ads are: babygrow, 18 mo. No make, no indication of whether the clothing is from a with smokers/pets, well used/like new etc. Plus, I always ask some questions - it's a good way to test the seller (may sound odd - but I've had questions go unanswered so I assume they aren't really arsed about selling).

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Sat 17-Nov-12 15:35:48

YABU I once sold something I almost gave away to someone who offered me £300 BIN

pigletmania Sat 17-Nov-12 15:35:59

Exactly I would rather £20 than 99p who's the idiot!

I8toys Sat 17-Nov-12 15:45:03

Not me -The potential buyer was abusive in his response to us that the answer was no. It went for a lot more than the offer of £20.

treas Sat 17-Nov-12 15:49:31

What an ignorant attitude Mousefunk - if you are trying to sell an item surely you try your upmost to help.

Why is it silly to ask about arm length on a dress you've given just the size for? It stops people having to try an return items and giving you bad feed back - duh!

tethersend Sat 17-Nov-12 15:50:01

Oooh, are congratulations in order, izzy? smile

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Sat 17-Nov-12 15:53:05

they are indeed - out little christmas miracle due Christmas Day

ENormaSnob Sat 17-Nov-12 15:53:40

My friend asked for a bin price on a car.

Women selling refused and left it to auction.

Friend got it for 900 quid less than she offered bin grin

squoosh Sat 17-Nov-12 15:58:56

I sold a brand new ipad 2 on ebay, some cheeky git asked if I would accept £180 including p&p.

I understand 'you don't ask, you don't get' but my motto is 'you ask a cheeky price, prepare for a very cheeky reply from me'

pigletmania Sat 17-Nov-12 15:59:53

Well not everyone who puts their item up at auction minds being asked about a BIN, the might not be sure. Just be ause you don't like being asked does not mean other sellers feel the same. To call them idiots s just hmm puts you in a bad light. Yes teir is nothing wrong withaskng about the dimensions of something if you have not included it. It saves the hassle of returning and refunding. A good seller will not mind being asked questions, those that do I don't buy fro. As a seller myself I really dont mind I would rather the buyer be absolutely sure before bidding

pigletmania Sat 17-Nov-12 16:01:17

That is cheeky. I always say in my listing all sensible ffer considered

JaquelineHyde Sat 17-Nov-12 16:08:23

PrettyHairClips before you start throwing the insults around maybe you should read up on how BIN works.

The only person being an idiot here is you.

I feel sorry for any well meaning hapless buyer who makes the mistake of contacting the OP. You are rude and aggressive and exactly the kind of seller that gives ebay a bad name.

tethersend Sat 17-Nov-12 16:15:38

Ah, izzy- that's lovely!

Congratulations smile

Peanutbutternutter419 Sat 17-Nov-12 16:20:18

My DH is one of these annoying people who always asks if the seller will take a certain amount for something on eBay, although it back fired on the seller when we purchased our pram as my DH offered them £200 a few days before the end of auction and they didnt get back to us till the last minute when they saw that it wasnt making anywhere near that on the auction....we said we'd wait it out...and we got it for £146!

So although a seller sometimes it may work out better for you! wink

MyLittleFireBird Sat 17-Nov-12 17:17:27

Don't they know that sellers have to option to put a BIN price, and if they don't chose that option, it means THEY DON'T WANT TO.
Not so. I often ask people if they will add a BIN and I've had 100% success rate. No-one has said 'No, sorry, I only want auction'. I don't actually make a specific offer though. Just ask if they will do BIN and how much they'd want. So I imagine these WTF-ing Idiots like myself do it because most people will actually consider BIN even if they didn't use it originally. If it traumatises you so much, maybe you should add something in the description about it.

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Sat 17-Nov-12 18:29:55

Thank you, I dont use BIN, because there are charges and I always list on free listing days - I am happy enough to offer it if asked though, I always ask the buyer what they are looking to pay, and if I am happy to sell for that price, then I do, if I am not I let auction run.

McChristmasPants2012 Sat 17-Nov-12 18:33:32

if it something i really want I will ask if there is a BIN price. I ask in a nice way.

lljkk Sat 17-Nov-12 18:52:29

Free listings for 30 day BIN supposedly, this weekend.

HyvaPaiva Sat 17-Nov-12 19:09:14

I don't mind requests for BIN and the offers are always, for me, much more than the auction price. I agree as long as there are no existing bids on the item, of course. What I hate are the demanding emails: e.g. when the item stated in description 'please note I only ship to UK due to past tracking issues' and I got an email from someone saying 'post to Estonia'. Ask nicely, damn it! I've also sold with the disclaimer 'no returns accepted' and had the buyer - after paying - say 'if I doesn't fit me, refund'. hmm

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Sat 17-Nov-12 19:31:16

yes the 30 day BIN is free listing today I have put some on

britmodgirl Sat 17-Nov-12 20:30:10

OOOOooooo YANBU gets my goat too

Does my head in when you have an item clearly worth £100 and person offering BIN thinks you have just fallen out of a tree and offers £5

SantasStrapOn Sat 17-Nov-12 20:50:49


I often ask if they'd consider a BIN, I'm often lucky. If it's something I really want, particularly if it's a one off, I'm happy to pay over the odds. What's the harm in asking nicely? Don't ask, don't get imo.

BlueberryHill Sat 17-Nov-12 20:53:11

It depends, I've had people ask me, but the offers weren't high enough so I didn't accept. I have also asked someone, he very politely turned it down, which is equally fine. Why are you getting so het up about it?

Whoever won't add dimensions if asked. In a shop I can try an item on to see if it fits. Amazingly I cannot do that on ebay and I cannot return it to you if it doesn't fit. I wouldn't bid on an item even with a size unless I know the brand and which size fits me, sizes vary depending on the shop. If I'm purchasing from a proper on line store they have a returns policy, the service for that is reflected in the price.

pigletmania Sat 17-Nov-12 22:07:08

When I ask for a BIN iask the sekar nicely of course what or ice they would sell the item fr. I onl do this on something I desperately want like a designer bag grin

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