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Potential buyer has asked if I would consider a buy it now offer

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Should I? Can I?

I've just listed my first things to sell on ebay today (have bought a bit before) so fairly new to this and so any advice appreciated.

Have listed today for 5 day auction an old but unused phone and have had this request. Can anyone tell me how this would work and whether its a good idea? I have put a fairly low start price in the hope that will get people interested so wonder if buyer thinks I will sell for that price?

I never do buy it now unless I have specifically listed it as an option on the advert. If bidding has already began you cannot do buy it now anyway.

I guess its upto you if bidding has not started. You could agree a price and end the listing early but if you have just listed it the potential buyer may see it as an opportunity to grab a bargain before everyone else sees it.

Sorry - not much help really! grin

rubytutu Sun 13-Jan-13 09:21:57

I agree with sparkle, I recently bought something via buy it now on the same day it was listed by contacting the seller and agreeing a price, it was something i really wanted. I think if you give them the opportunity to buy at a price you want for it then you will see if they really want it or just trying to get a bargain from you. If they don't agree then your auction will still run and potentially they may buy it anyway albeit at a lower price.

NuclearStandoff Sun 13-Jan-13 15:53:04

generally people will request buy it now from you if they think the item will achieve a higher price in the auction.

That is why I don't usually accept them.

Of course , there is always a risk that it won't achieve that price, but that's never happened to me.

vintageviolets Sun 13-Jan-13 20:20:13

Hi this has just happened to me this evening.

I don't know what to do.
Item started at £500
They have placed the one and only bid. It still has 6 days.
They have messaged to ask a buy it now price.
I need £1500. I'm desperate.

Im really confused too OP.
Will eBay find out, I suppose they will through PayPal.

fergoose Sun 13-Jan-13 20:32:05

you would do a buy it now via ebay - an off ebay sale isn't permitted

Tell the buyer you want £1500 for the item I guess? Are there many watchers, is the item likely to achieve that price. Depends what it is I guess.

Viviennemary Sun 13-Jan-13 20:39:40

I thought it was against ebay rules/agreements to accept a buy it now offer unless the item is listed with the option to buy it now. So just say no. As it's against the rules.

fergoose Sun 13-Jan-13 20:52:42

no it isn't against the rules to change an auction to a buy it now. It is against the rules to do an off ebay sale.

vintageviolets Sun 13-Jan-13 20:56:17

It's a car. I've looked at his history, he buys & sells them.
I'm just trying to see how to change it to buy it now.

Sorry OP!

fergoose Sun 13-Jan-13 21:01:12

if there are any bids cancel them and then add a buy it now price

And only accept cash for it too

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