I am selling a large buggy, so potentially an expensive item and I have had a request from a potential buyer to come and have a look at it tonight.
I can kind of understand wanting to check something out before you buy but he hasn't even bid yet - plus he's not that local. Ebay says he is in the next county which means 1/2 hour to an hours drive away. So why come all that way for something you might not even win?
My immediate thought is that once here, he will pressure me to sell outside of ebay ....... or maybe I am being overly paranoid.
Depends how much you're selling it for. If it's on for a few hundred quid then it's reasonable to want to see it, but make it clear that the sale goes ahead through ebay and definitely have someone there when they come round. I've sold high value items on ebay and had people view them before bidding. If he wants to travel that far, that's his lookout.
just make sure buyer pays cash only if they collect - never take paypal for collection item
i think it is fair to have a viewing of an expensive item before purchase - the only problem with completing an off eBay sale is buyer has no protection, but you save on final fees if you do decide to end the auction early and sell to the buyer now.
From what I've read on EBay, be wary if a buyer wants to collect and pay by paypal - they can cancel it apparently. But, if he offers cash on the spot I would say yes - you may not get any other offers as they'd have to collect and so have to be near enough. You'd then have to cancel the listing which is easy enough. If you've had offers you can't do that obviously.
I'm with betabaker. If he offered you a good price for it there and then I'd say yes. You save the ebay fees and all you have to do is stop the listing. I have done it before when I sold my nursing chair and the lady offered me the price I had in mind, so it was a win-win situation.
I don't think its unreasonable of someone to ask to view an item before bidding. My DH does this all the time with high value items and will happily travel up to an hour to view something to avoid making an expensive mistake.
However its entirely up to you whether you agree to it. I know that my DH has only ever been refused once by a seller who was quite chippy about it - if you're not happy just reply and say "sorry, no viewings" but you might lose a sale.
Just because someone wants to have a look doesn't mean they're out to con you, my DH will still bid through ebay as normal unless the seller offers to cancel the listing for a quick sale.