I had several bids, all from two different bidders, on an item I've been selling.
It had got quite high but not met reserve. It was meant to finish in 2 and a half days.
Last night I had an offer only a little short of the buy it now - it's a private offer and the person sounds genuine, has good feedback etc. I accepted as it means I have a good price, they'll pay cash on collection, and also I don't have to pay the FVF with ebay (which would have been about £35+)
However I feel bad for the others who were bidding. I've contacted them to apologise and explain but am a bit worried I did the wrong thing.
It was on about £500 and reserve was 700, I've been offered 850.
I thought the BIN disappeared when you started getting bids, or do you mean you accepted an offer outside eBay? Of course as long as you got a price you were happy with that's fine, but you have no recourse through eBay if they get all stroppy and want to return it.
I think the rules are pretty clear that you shouldn't do this. This is from the ebay website:
"Ending a listing early for the following reasons is prohibited as it is considered fee avoidance:
Cancelling bids and ending a listing early in order to sell the item off-eBay. You should be aware that as well as avoiding fees, you risk fraud by selling items off the eBay website. If a member writes to you to ask you to sell away from the eBay website, please report them to us."
Only problem is if you've emailed the other bidders to explain and they get cross, they could report you to ebay for breaking the rules! As they have confirmation in writing from you admitting that you have done it then ebay will be able to ban you if they like. I'd have accepted the offer but not admitted it!