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?
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'.
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.
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.
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.