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WIBU to accept eBay offer

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laluna Sun 17-Jul-11 20:53:57

just sold an item on eBay - payment not yet received - and I
receive an email from not the winning bidder offering £15 more than the final price. Says that she was bidding and her computer crashed. Tempted by greed but am I correct in thinking that I wouldn't be able to accept this, even if I wanted to?

browneyesblue Sun 17-Jul-11 20:58:23

YWBU - someone else won the auction, and you have an obligation to them!

The email sounds a bit suspect anyway - a bit too good to be true

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Sun 17-Jul-11 20:58:49

Don't accept, it's an offer outside the ebay rules and should be reported. If you accept it and she screws you over payment wise you will not be covered by any of ebay's payment protection things.

laluna Sun 17-Jul-11 21:00:38

Thanks - did think it a bit cheeky! Surprised that someone would expect that!

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Sun 17-Jul-11 21:09:08

In fairness, it may be genuine: but ebay has rules for a reason and this person clearly needs educating...

mx5hairdresser Sun 17-Jul-11 21:46:08

accept it, just make sure you get a cleared cheque/postal order and NOT paypal!

pigletmania Sun 17-Jul-11 21:49:03

Don't accept it, you have to do the decent thing as a seller. Another person won the auction, so you should honour your contract with them. As well as what Trina has said.

lady007pink Sun 17-Jul-11 21:51:28

Why should OP not take PayPal, mx5?

squeakytoy Sun 17-Jul-11 21:55:19

You could accept it.. but you are risking your reputation as an ebay seller by doing so.

ZillionChocolate Sun 17-Jul-11 22:35:01

Unacceptable. Surely your integrity is worth more than £15? wink

YellowDinosaur Sun 17-Jul-11 22:38:28

I'd email them back saying something along the lines of 'obviously I cannot accept your offer but if the winning bidder doesn't pay within 7 days (or whatever the terms of your auction are) I will be in touch and give you first refusal on a buy it now'.

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Sun 17-Jul-11 22:39:56

Ebay should automatically offer second chance to buy to the second highest bidder - is the extra £15 being offered by that person do you know?

YellowDinosaur Sun 17-Jul-11 22:40:00

Oh and the other thing to consider is that if you cancel the auction at this stage (and you would be able to along the lines of 'item lost / damaged' or however ebay word it, the winning bidder can still leave you feedback.

YellowDinosaur Sun 17-Jul-11 22:41:35

Trina that is just not true. If the winning bidder doesn't pay the seller can offer a second chance offer to whoever they like, whether that is the second highest bidder or anyone else, but ebay cannot make any second chance offers off their own bat like you suggest.

Fecklessdizzy Sun 17-Jul-11 22:41:54

Don't accept it. Even if you do get paid and it's not a scam what are you going to say to the real winner? How would you feel if someone did that to you ... Are you really so skint you're going to fuck someone over for a poxy £15? Sheesh.

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Sun 17-Jul-11 22:43:46

Ah ok, misunderstood on that one, sorry! smile

AuntiePickleBottom Sun 17-Jul-11 22:47:19

if i won an item and then the package was not delivered to me, i would do a negitive feedback.

op don't do it, the winner won fair and square.

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