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Thu Sep 15, 2005 6:15 am      Reply with quote
For those of you who were harboring suspicions that I appear to be a little too much of a know-it-all, I humbly submit the following stupid question regarding Ebay auctions:

(Note: the following scenario is purely a figment of my imagination!)

Letís say Iím cruising around on Ebay one day and I stumble across an authentic Prada handbag that retails for $1500USD.

Letís pretend that the minimum bid is $50. And just for grins, letís say that I am either the only bidder, or else the winning bidder, and I offer the mind-numbing price of $50.01. The auction ends, Iím the winner.

Does this mean that seller actually has to send me (or is *supposed* to send me) that purse that is actually worth a grand and a half for the measly price of $50.01? Or does the seller have the right to withdraw the item?

See, I told you it was a stupid question! Just for reference, I *have* bought stuff on Ebay before, but I always do the ďBuy It NowĒ thing, because Iím one of those terribly impetuous sorts who wants what she wants when she wants it, and therefore doesnít have the patience to wait a few days to see whether or not Iíve one the auction....

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Carrie

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Thu Sep 15, 2005 6:25 am      Reply with quote
Yes, they have to give it to you for that price. But one time, I had a seller end an auction early, when I was the only bidder, and it appeared that they were going to lose a lot of money. Then they listed it again for longer, and more people started bidding so I was ticked off. I don't think that is the norm though.

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Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:16 am      Reply with quote
Faith!

Are they allowed to do that? Shock


Carrie,

If you have actually won the item and they don't send it, then you can only really ask for your money back.

Also are you sure it's genuine? I mean sometimes they do sell fakes (like the 'prada' bag I bought turned out to be made of plastic Rolling Eyes ). Ask for documentation, recipts etc so you are sure it's the real McCoy.

Personally, I would be very suspicious or a pricey item being sold for no reserve or a low start price.

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Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:46 am      Reply with quote
if its an expensive item they often have a reserve so even in your example you were the highest bidder so'won' they may have a reserve price of $1000 so no on wins and they relist Confused

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Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:59 am      Reply with quote
Guapa,

I don't know if they were allowed to do that. I thought so because I got an email form Ebay explaining that it was ended early, because the seller had listing issues. I don't think there was a real problem though. It was for an IS Clinical product, and listed for 2 days only, and I was going to get it for $20; which was the minimum, so their own fault really. When they re-listed the next day is was for 6 days...

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Fri Sep 16, 2005 5:58 pm      Reply with quote
The sale is a contract and the seller has to send the item. Of course, if they don't, the only thing you can do is give them bad feedback though legally you could take them to court for breach of contract.

Sellers on eBay are allowed to end auctions early for a number of reasons - these reasons have mostly something to do with errors in listing or the item being damaged etc. This is something that is hard to police so sellers can pretty much end the auction early by giving any excuse (there's an online form to do that). Personally, I would never list an expensive item with a low first bid (or without a reserve).

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Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:12 pm      Reply with quote
They CAN *NOT* send it to you if they had a reserve on it...
so lets say the purse is worth $1500.
you are the only bidder and your bid was $50.01.
If their reserve was higher than your bid, they DO NOT have to sell it to you. BUT if they had no reserve. They are obligated to sell it to you.

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Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:18 pm      Reply with quote
EJB wrote:
They CAN *NOT* send it to you if they had a reserve on it...
so lets say the purse is worth $1500.
you are the only bidder and your bid was $50.01.
If their reserve was higher than your bid, they DO NOT have to sell it to you. BUT if they had no reserve. They are obligated to sell it to you.


However, if the auction ended and eBay declares you the winner then that implies that there was no reserve in the first place. No winner is declared if a reserve was set by the seller and the reserve amount was not reached.

It's easy to tell if there is a reserve on the item before you bid on it though - under the bid amount it will either say "reserve not met" or "reserve met".

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