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I've just bought a bed for £1.42 but

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ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 12:21:18

The seller (eBay) has contacted me this morning saying they cannot possibly sell the bed for £1.42 as they bought it (years ago) for £500. Personally I wouldn't have paid 500 quid for it not then and not now. I have other beds in my 'watch' list which I like better but may go out of my budget. I agree that £1.42 is beyond bargainous. However, I wouldn't pay more than £20 for this bed.

The seller has asked me to pay £75 for it plus I have to go collect the damned thing.

Wwyd? They have 100% feedback on 250 odd transactions incidentally.

I don't want to pay more, I don't want to negative feedback them particularly, but I am cross.

MrsFruitcake Sun 04-Nov-12 08:51:56

I sold my very beautiful welsh dresser for £3.44 in this way. I wasn't upset though, had only paid a fiver for it in the first place and wanted it gone!

KnickersOnOnesHead Wed 24-Oct-12 22:33:12

Did you get it in the end?

I once won a sofa for 99p, traveled a few miles for it and gave them £1 and told them to keep the change! grin

Campari Mon 22-Oct-12 16:03:19

Obviously it was a mistake on their part, so maybe you could both agree to cancel the transaction and forget all about it.

....Or if they don't agree to cancel, definately leave negative feedback.

imtheonlyone Mon 15-Oct-12 14:07:57

Absolutely pay the price you won it for .... She may have back tracked now but has probably realised that you would report them and they would end up with negative feedback! The reason she is being so nice now!!!!

You won it fair and square at £1.42 - turn up with your pennies and get the bed you won!!!! Don't feel bad - their mistake; not yours!!!

Smile every time you lay your little one in your beautiful bed at a truly bargain price wink

Unacceptable Mon 15-Oct-12 08:33:11

Go get your bed and pay what you won it for.
I clearly jinxed myself with my earlier comment as my item went for just over a quid!!! The point is we know what the possibilities are with ebay so can always advertise on gumtree or similar if there is a particular price we want.
Pay your £1.50 and enjoy the bed
(and Hi there to the mumsnet ebay seller...don't you fancy joining the thread wink )

izzywizzyisbizzy Sun 14-Oct-12 22:07:02

I'd offer them £20 cash - if that's what you want to pay.

Otherwise let them relist

Ponders Sun 14-Oct-12 21:49:55

Give them £1.50 & tell them they can keep the change wink

twitchypalm Sun 14-Oct-12 21:42:43

I wond a toddler bed on ebay once for 99p it was a teddy design one so easily worth more. it was about a 1hr 30 min drive to collect but def worth it. We gave the seller £5 for it as i felt cheecky paying 99p for a bed the seller was really shocked that we paid higher than it went for but it was def worth it and she was a lovely seller so i didnt mind. If she had asked me for more money i would have just reported her to ebay.

OneOfMyTurnsComingOn Sun 14-Oct-12 21:19:02

Turn up with your coins. You won it fair and square.

Ponders Sun 14-Oct-12 21:17:50

were you planning to use the (used-by-2-children-for-the-last-11-years shock) mattress? I mean even though it is an odd size, surely you'd rather get a new one?

if you weren't, maybe offer them £20 just for the bed & let them dispose of the mattress (but have a good prod of it/turn it over first just in case you think it will be ok)

NorbertDentressangle Sun 14-Oct-12 21:11:24

I was going to ask if they were new to ebay and therefore a bit naive and inexperienced but I've found the listing and they're not new to it by any means.

The silly thing is if they'd listed it this weekend they could have started it at any price for nothing as its free listings!

TheMonster Sun 14-Oct-12 21:05:22

No, don't offer more. They were trying to avoid paying for a reserve price and it backfired.

BellaVita Sun 14-Oct-12 21:05:16

Tell them to piss off and report them to eBay.

They have listed it at 99p to avoid insertion fees because they are bloody tight. If they wanted more they should have started it higher and put a reserve on it.

We have a table and chairs on eBay, started at 99p, if it had gone no further than the first bid then so be it, lucky buyers.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 20:59:47

I'd offer 20 probably.

Look at it when you get there - sometimes things are not quite as great as the photos pretend...and make a judgement once you've seen it. If it's scruffy then give them the exact money, if not then a bit more.

germyrabbit Sun 14-Oct-12 20:57:48

offer more, would be nice of you. people make mistakes

GhostShip Sun 14-Oct-12 20:56:57


You won it, you take it for the price you won it for.

Its their mistake, and they should have to pay for it.

They're probably being reasonable in the hope that you let them relist it or give them more

BlathersNightOfTheLivingDead Sun 14-Oct-12 20:56:48

You could turn up and give them £20 if you were feeling generous I guess...

ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 20:56:44

I think the seller is a mnetter :D

ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 20:55:20

Now, we have a reply which furthers the dilemma. Seller has graciously conceded that the fault is theirs entirely and that they will live and learn and thus sell to me at the price I won the auction.

I'm very pleased that this seller is now being completely reasonable. As a result I feel I should offer them some concession, bearing in mind I shall be virtually stealing their beloved bed from them (I'm bring poetic, I realise I justly won this auction at a very good price).

Shall I let them re-list, offer a bit more (anti-eBay policy so for this reasonnot keen to do this otherwise probably my preferred course of action) or just turn up with my coins and go?

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 16:51:08

Ok found it. It's nice, but £500?!!!

Ours is almost identical but it's unpainted, just wood - and the ends are a bit less fancy.

I paid £50 but now have got a cot bed, so we don't need it...well anyway. You'll probably get this one for 20 or less! smile

TheMonster Sun 14-Oct-12 16:50:37

We had a similar situation a few years back with a dining table. I contacted eBay and they contacted the seller and pointed out how they were breaking the rules. We got it for the 99p and the seller was really snarky about giving us the 1p change.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 16:47:56

We're in the S's nice, it's an old pine one with sort of scalloped sides, three foot wide, about 6ft long with specially made mattress as it's a bit shorter than usual.

It currently has no slats though. Not sure it's 'beautiful' either! I will go and look for yours and see if it is anything like.

BlathersNightOfTheLivingDead Sun 14-Oct-12 13:35:26

Not your fault they're too daft to have put a reserve on the item.

I'd report them to Ebay too otherwise they might try this again

ohmichellemichelle Sun 14-Oct-12 13:33:47

DP just said he sold some designer jeans that went for 99p despite being worth more. You win some you lose some. I sold a wrought iron cot not so long ago for less than I paid for it and was mildly disappointed but didn't try and back out of the sale. It goes both ways. I've made mega bucks on a couple of things which were re-ebayed baby items. When that has happened I've been ultra accommodating through the transaction, rounded down the pennies, etc. when the buyer collects... I'm just not hard nosed enough and this is probably why I am not a millionaire and never will be smile

XandaPanda Sun 14-Oct-12 13:28:17

I'd take a case up with eBay as it is a legally binding contract, don't offer them anymore money, Tell them you will have the bed for what you won it for or you will open a case and they will end up with negative feedback, if they don't want to receive negative feedback then they will more than likely let you have the bed for what you won it for

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