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What do we think of requests for BIN on an auction item?

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FrightsMonth Tue 13-Oct-09 16:54:17

I listed a jacket for auction, yesterday, and it has 3 watchers, and five days to run. Someone has asked if I would consider a Buy It Now. What do I do next? Ask them to suggest a figure? Or let the auction run? And can I change it to a BIN anyway?


IneedacleanerIamalazyslattern Tue 13-Oct-09 16:58:08

I sometimes do let them offer a BIN price and if I'm happy with it is what I hope to get or more blush then I have in the past changed it.
There are time though when someone has offered a BIN and I know that I could potentially get more than they are offering and refuse.
It's up to you really won't do any harm to investigate a bit further and ask them what they are offering.

BaronConker Tue 13-Oct-09 17:03:00

Every time I put something on ebay I get these requests, and always say no. Not sure why, just stubborn really, if I'd wanted to do a BIN I'd have put one on in the first place! Also you definitely can't change it once you've had a bid...

FrightsMonth Tue 13-Oct-09 17:16:08

thanks. I'll ask them for an offer...

WhereYouLeftIt Wed 14-Oct-09 16:12:20

I have been contacted a couple of times by potential buyers, but they usually suggest a price. I have always declined, and the item has always sold for more than they offered. I think this is a bit like the carbooters who swoop on stalls before they're properly set up, seeking out items they know they'll be able to sell for more later that day.

mwff Wed 14-Oct-09 16:22:23

i always put bin's on, but would happily add one if for anyone who asked. i price a bin at the top end of what i'd expect it to go for, as people are paying for the convenience of getting something straight away (i post fast/first).

i often ask for a bin too, not because i want something for a bargain, but because i want it soon, or i'm away at the end of the auction (i snipe). if someone is asking you to put one on i don't get the problem - you pick a price you'd be happy for it to go for. i've asked in the past and people have said they'll do it but then don't get round to it before a bid's been placed, or just said no. each time the item has eventually sold for less than i'd have been prepared to pay bin.

i don't get the suspicion - understandably many people want an item (esp clothes which i mostly buy/sell) within a particular time frame and are often prepared to pay a slight premium for that.

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