I've used eBay for a few years, mostly as a buyer but sold a few things too. My feedback is 100% and I have always paid promptly.
I recently bid on and won a cooker. For various reasons I am worried that the seller is a bit dodgy and I have concerns about the safety of the item (obviously thought about this too late.)
I really wish I had never placed a bid. I contacted the seller to ask to cancel the sale and he replied that he is opening a case.
Fair enough, I understand that I made a mistake and should never have bid on this item. I don't want the seller to lose money. I am just wondering what the consequences of an unpaid item case will be...
You broke contract dont know how your views changed as you didnt see item or really know if seller dodgy. You have have to live with it. Agree why buy on e bay when a retailer will sell you one for nothing and deliver it.
I cancel the sale if the bidder messages me and asks me to. (They normally say my child bid on it by accident etc) which I know is probably a lie, but they won't pay because they don't want it. So I don't see the point in seller escalating it to a case because it's a long drawn out process for him in the mean time. It's sellers discretion to honour a cancel sale if buyer requests it, as the cancel tab is right there for us next to the item sold. So in my opinion he is being difficult. But at the same time you can't keep bidding on things then changing your mind. It is annoying for sellers. He doesn't know if it's your first time or if you constantly do it. But if it's a regular occurrence ebay will penalise you for it.
Ah so he could just choose to cancel the sale rather than escalating? Based on the feedback he left for others (which I only discovered after winning the cooker) he seems like a bit of a tricky guy - lots of issues/accusations flying around.
And the same cooker had already been sold once before a couple of weeks ago...of course that could be someone else like me that got cold feet...but another cooker he was selling was sold 4 separate times which made me think there was probably something wrong with it. Wish I had thought to search the sold listings before bidding!