I've just bought a bed for £1.42 but

(62 Posts)
ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 12:21:18

The seller (eBay) has contacted me this morning saying they cannot possibly sell the bed for £1.42 as they bought it (years ago) for £500. Personally I wouldn't have paid 500 quid for it not then and not now. I have other beds in my 'watch' list which I like better but may go out of my budget. I agree that £1.42 is beyond bargainous. However, I wouldn't pay more than £20 for this bed.

The seller has asked me to pay £75 for it plus I have to go collect the damned thing.

Wwyd? They have 100% feedback on 250 odd transactions incidentally.

I don't want to pay more, I don't want to negative feedback them particularly, but I am cross.

windsurf74 Sun 14-Oct-12 12:23:23

Well then, they should have started the bidding higher than 99p then shouldn't they?!

If you want it, and don't mind paying more, then by all means do that.

But you won it fair and square for £1.42, so go ahead and give bad feedback if they refuse to sell for that!

NatashaBee Sun 14-Oct-12 12:23:31

Their own fault - they should have put a reserve on it. You could mutually agree to cancel the transaction, or report the seller if they refuse to sell.

They have entered into a contract so are obliged to sell it to you. Either turn ip to collect, or leave it and give negative feedback. They should have put a reserve on it. Their fault.

BlameItOnTheCuervForHumanBlood Sun 14-Oct-12 12:25:03

Their own fault and ebay will find in your favour.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 12:25:24

Well you see I'd normally offer a bit more in this situation but I wouldn't dream of doing so if the seller asked me to hmm

That's out of order

They made a mistake listing it at such a low price, it was their mistake, if they don't want to go through with it then suggest they cancel and relist - but yes I'd leave negative feedback stating why.

I thought that the winning bid was in.effect a contract between buyer and seller.

You are under no obligation to pay more.

I agree that they should have put a reserve on or higher start price if they wanted more for it!! I would hold out for it if I were you, and give negative feedback if they refuse to sell.

Tuttutitlookslikerain Sun 14-Oct-12 12:29:12

I agree with the others, TBH.

What they paid for the bed has no revleance on what it is worth now. It's their tough luck, they should have started the bidding higher, or put a reserve on it.

imtheonlyone Sun 14-Oct-12 12:29:23

They should honour the fact that it has sold for £1.42. If they wanted at least £75 for it, they have the option to set a reserve for the item or even set the starting bid at a certain level.
Personally I have no time for people like this. You can raise a dispute with eBay - really they are not in a position to ask any more money for it because it has sold at £1.42. I would defo raise this with eBay because people like this make a mockery of the whole eBay process.
Also, I would absolutely leave them negative feedback - it is totally inappropriate what they are doing.
Please raise a dispute with eBay - they are totally unreasonable!
Good luck!

YeahBuddy Sun 14-Oct-12 12:29:56

That's not your fault - if they wanted £75 for it then they should have put a reserve of £75 or Buy It Now. I would contact eBay and get their advice, the Live Chat thing is very good for issues like this.

Catsmamma Sun 14-Oct-12 12:31:02

cheeky gets! ....too bad for them

I'd offer £20 and ask if they'd deliver. <evil>

Ponders Sun 14-Oct-12 12:31:53

ebay would look askance at a buyer trying to up the price outside ebay, wouldn't they? they lose their cut that way.

very naughty of the seller. definitely dob them in, tight gets grin

GhostShip Sun 14-Oct-12 12:33:34

Tell them they should have put a reserve on it and you are now the winning bidder, and it is a binding contract. Put a case in with Ebay NOW, because they'll read the messages back and forward. Its just because the seller will use some cop out like it's damaged so they can't sell it...

ShatnersBassoon Sun 14-Oct-12 12:35:27

More fool them for not understanding auctions, stick with the price you bid. It will be awkward going to collect it, but they shouldn't use ebay if they won't take the rough with the smooth (or work out how to set a reserve!).

SoupDragon Sun 14-Oct-12 12:35:45

The reality is that you can't force the seller to let you have the bed for £1.42

If they refuse to do so, I'd raise a case with Ebay and leave them damning negative feedback.

HarlettOScara Sun 14-Oct-12 12:39:41

They can't be forced to complete the same now but it's bad form not to. You should riase a non performing seller report and leave appropriate feedback. E-bay can impose sanctions against repeat offenders. If they ask you to agree to a mutual withdrawal from the sale, refuse.

The seller has obviously listed at 99p to avoid paying listing fees. I really hate sellers that are too stupid to be on e Bay in the first place.

IDontDoIroning Sun 14-Oct-12 12:41:30

As posters have said it is a contract but in reality you cannot force her to sell you the bed.

She should have put a reserve on it - but that's not your fault and she can't ask you to pay more. She should have used gumtree or freeads and put a fixed asking price.

If you really want it you could offer more but that's up to you and it is against the eBay rules.

Otherwise just put in a non performing seller strike on her and leave negative feedback.

ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 12:42:49

I have to say I agree with all of you. The only thing making me hesitate is that it was perhaps foolishness rather than them chancing their arm. There were only 2 bids during auction so clearly nobody else wanted it or thought it worth hundreds of pounds. They have said they realise they should have set a reserve. I can only assume over-confidence in the desirability of their item meant they didn't.

I don't want to make anybody miserable for the hell of it. At this stage for me, all I've lost is a little time on this. But it does seem unfair on future buyers to not expose this occurrence by way of leaving neg. feedback.

I would honour the sale if it were me, and thrash myself about the head for being such a tool when listing.

SoupDragon Sun 14-Oct-12 12:45:13

Are you prepared to pay £20 for it? If so, offer them that if you want the bed. Otherwise, report and leave negative feedback.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 12:45:30

You could offer them a compromise - say 20 - if that is your limit, but then leave neutral - which I think is fair.

Or you could agree to cancel the transaction.

Don't pay them £70 or whatever it was they asked for.

Just don't - if you are without a bed, they should be without a buyer.

Really out of order on their part.

ENormaSnob Sun 14-Oct-12 12:45:37

I would contact eBay.

No way would I offer any more.

They should've put a reserve or starting bidding higher if they wanted a minimum amount.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 12:46:16

Oh and if they relist it they'll probably get no bids - I am desperate to see this valuable bed now smile

ENormaSnob Sun 14-Oct-12 12:47:31

I would leave negative too.

izzywizzyisbizzy Sun 14-Oct-12 12:48:09

Nope I would pay - I'd just cancel transaction tbh.

purplehouse Sun 14-Oct-12 12:49:37

Forward the email to eBay without tipping off the seller. They have broken the rules.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 12:50:02

Actually scratch that. If you agree to mutual cancellation, they will get their fees back. If you refuse, they'll lose them.

So say you're not interested in paying them what they want for it, and then ignore their requests to cancel. Or refuse to cancel when the email from ebay arrives.

Stuff them.
Though I'm not sure if you van still leave feedback if you cancel/they cancel/whatever? Might be worth looking up.

GhostShip Sun 14-Oct-12 12:50:12

Pay the £1.42

Once you've paid that bed is yours. Technically.

Then open a case with Ebay, because obviously they'll not let you have it

safflower Sun 14-Oct-12 12:51:46

do a completed listing search. I have found it. antique french childs bed.

I once sold a pair of brand new golf shoes. Got 99 pence, cost me 12 quid to send. Kicked myself and never did it again. BUT I never thought i wouldn't honour the sale. My fault as the seller entirely. Lesson learned. Buyer muse have died laughing at the cost of potage when they received them. But hey ho that is life.

I think they need to do the same.

safflower Sun 14-Oct-12 12:52:47

oh the golf shoes were 45 quid new and i had paid that for them and never worn.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 12:53:27

Oh gosh I wouldn't look without the oP's say so (or linking)
I was just being nosey

Coincidentally I have an antique child's bed I don't want if anyone's interested!! Probably too far away though.

We once won a tumble drier for 99p. Seller got shirty but my H (now ex) turned up anyway for the drier with his dad, and they ended up giving in.

TomDaleysTrunks Sun 14-Oct-12 13:01:24

I just stupidly sold a brand new pair of startrite shoes for 99p. I'm kicking myself but will still honour it. Someone got a bargain - lucky them!

ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 13:12:11

Yes it's THAT French bed. Its nothing special in my opinion but it's sweet enough. I have a Corbeille double which dd was going to have in her room (we've just moved) but it doesn't fit so we're trying to find something similar for her on a tight budget but obviously smaller.

Very good advice on here. Thank you. I've not mn'd for yonks - I may be about to become re-addicted! (I've inadvertently name changed)

Have emailed seller to say I am mulling this over, and asked why they didn't set a reserve. Out of curiosity mainly.

ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 13:14:01

Ed, where are you and is your bed beautiful and not a 500 pound item of luxury?

Unacceptable Sun 14-Oct-12 13:20:13

Ridiculous people...no way should you pay more and they are so rude for asking you. If you arrived at their home to collect and said 'here's £20 item was woth that to me' then that would be a lovely gesture but as they've specifically asked I'd give them the winning price to the penny.
I have 3 things ending today on ebay-one of them is a really cool smart cycle thingy and is easily worth more than 99p but if that's what it goes for then so be it. I was well aware that could be the case when I listed it without a reserve. I wouldn't dream of asking anyone more than the amount they won any item for. If they wanted £70 they should have taken steps to ensure that they got that!

Unacceptable Sun 14-Oct-12 13:25:07


XandaPanda Sun 14-Oct-12 13:28:17

I'd take a case up with eBay as it is a legally binding contract, don't offer them anymore money, Tell them you will have the bed for what you won it for or you will open a case and they will end up with negative feedback, if they don't want to receive negative feedback then they will more than likely let you have the bed for what you won it for

ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 13:33:47

DP just said he sold some designer jeans that went for 99p despite being worth more. You win some you lose some. I sold a wrought iron cot not so long ago for less than I paid for it and was mildly disappointed but didn't try and back out of the sale. It goes both ways. I've made mega bucks on a couple of things which were re-ebayed baby items. When that has happened I've been ultra accommodating through the transaction, rounded down the pennies, etc. when the buyer collects... I'm just not hard nosed enough and this is probably why I am not a millionaire and never will be smile

BlathersNightOfTheLivingDead Sun 14-Oct-12 13:35:26

Not your fault they're too daft to have put a reserve on the item.

I'd report them to Ebay too otherwise they might try this again

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 16:47:56

We're in the S E...it's nice, it's an old pine one with sort of scalloped sides, three foot wide, about 6ft long with specially made mattress as it's a bit shorter than usual.

It currently has no slats though. Not sure it's 'beautiful' either! I will go and look for yours and see if it is anything like.

TheMonster Sun 14-Oct-12 16:50:37

We had a similar situation a few years back with a dining table. I contacted eBay and they contacted the seller and pointed out how they were breaking the rules. We got it for the 99p and the seller was really snarky about giving us the 1p change.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 16:51:08

Ok found it. It's nice, but £500?!!!

Ours is almost identical but it's unpainted, just wood - and the ends are a bit less fancy.

I paid £50 but now have got a cot bed, so we don't need it...well anyway. You'll probably get this one for 20 or less! smile

ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 20:55:20

Now, we have a reply which furthers the dilemma. Seller has graciously conceded that the fault is theirs entirely and that they will live and learn and thus sell to me at the price I won the auction.

I'm very pleased that this seller is now being completely reasonable. As a result I feel I should offer them some concession, bearing in mind I shall be virtually stealing their beloved bed from them (I'm bring poetic, I realise I justly won this auction at a very good price).

Shall I let them re-list, offer a bit more (anti-eBay policy so for this reasonnot keen to do this otherwise probably my preferred course of action) or just turn up with my coins and go?

ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 20:56:44

I think the seller is a mnetter :D

BlathersNightOfTheLivingDead Sun 14-Oct-12 20:56:48

You could turn up and give them £20 if you were feeling generous I guess...

GhostShip Sun 14-Oct-12 20:56:57


You won it, you take it for the price you won it for.

Its their mistake, and they should have to pay for it.

They're probably being reasonable in the hope that you let them relist it or give them more

germyrabbit Sun 14-Oct-12 20:57:48

offer more, would be nice of you. people make mistakes

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 20:59:47

I'd offer 20 probably.

Look at it when you get there - sometimes things are not quite as great as the photos pretend...and make a judgement once you've seen it. If it's scruffy then give them the exact money, if not then a bit more.

BellaVita Sun 14-Oct-12 21:05:16

Tell them to piss off and report them to eBay.

They have listed it at 99p to avoid insertion fees because they are bloody tight. If they wanted more they should have started it higher and put a reserve on it.

We have a table and chairs on eBay, started at 99p, if it had gone no further than the first bid then so be it, lucky buyers.

TheMonster Sun 14-Oct-12 21:05:22

No, don't offer more. They were trying to avoid paying for a reserve price and it backfired.

NorbertDentressangle Sun 14-Oct-12 21:11:24

I was going to ask if they were new to ebay and therefore a bit naive and inexperienced but I've found the listing and they're not new to it by any means.

The silly thing is if they'd listed it this weekend they could have started it at any price for nothing as its free listings!

Ponders Sun 14-Oct-12 21:17:50

were you planning to use the (used-by-2-children-for-the-last-11-years shock) mattress? I mean even though it is an odd size, surely you'd rather get a new one?

if you weren't, maybe offer them £20 just for the bed & let them dispose of the mattress (but have a good prod of it/turn it over first just in case you think it will be ok)

Turn up with your coins. You won it fair and square.

twitchypalm Sun 14-Oct-12 21:42:43

I wond a toddler bed on ebay once for 99p it was a teddy design one so easily worth more. it was about a 1hr 30 min drive to collect but def worth it. We gave the seller £5 for it as i felt cheecky paying 99p for a bed the seller was really shocked that we paid higher than it went for but it was def worth it and she was a lovely seller so i didnt mind. If she had asked me for more money i would have just reported her to ebay.

Ponders Sun 14-Oct-12 21:49:55

Give them £1.50 & tell them they can keep the change wink

izzywizzyisbizzy Sun 14-Oct-12 22:07:02

I'd offer them £20 cash - if that's what you want to pay.

Otherwise let them relist

Unacceptable Mon 15-Oct-12 08:33:11

Go get your bed and pay what you won it for.
I clearly jinxed myself with my earlier comment as my item went for just over a quid!!! The point is we know what the possibilities are with ebay so can always advertise on gumtree or similar if there is a particular price we want.
Pay your £1.50 and enjoy the bed
(and Hi there to the mumsnet ebay seller...don't you fancy joining the thread wink )

imtheonlyone Mon 15-Oct-12 14:07:57

Absolutely pay the price you won it for .... She may have back tracked now but has probably realised that you would report them and they would end up with negative feedback! The reason she is being so nice now!!!!

You won it fair and square at £1.42 - turn up with your pennies and get the bed you won!!!! Don't feel bad - their mistake; not yours!!!

Smile every time you lay your little one in your beautiful bed at a truly bargain price wink

Campari Mon 22-Oct-12 16:03:19

Obviously it was a mistake on their part, so maybe you could both agree to cancel the transaction and forget all about it.

....Or if they don't agree to cancel, definately leave negative feedback.

Did you get it in the end?

I once won a sofa for 99p, traveled a few miles for it and gave them £1 and told them to keep the change! grin

MrsFruitcake Sun 04-Nov-12 08:51:56

I sold my very beautiful welsh dresser for £3.44 in this way. I wasn't upset though, had only paid a fiver for it in the first place and wanted it gone!

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