In a message dated 6/8/2006 9:17:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time, email@example.com
I recently had a Icom 756 PROII for Auction on EBay.
About 24 hours from it ending, I got emails from current and past bidders
that someone was trying to sell them a PROII at a much lesser price then
what they bid.
I contact EBay, and they told me that this type of activity was on the
increase lately, and they were taking steps to stop this.
They suggested I end the auction, start it again with the feature of hiding
the bidders email address's.
I did end it, but sold it on QTH.com and sent a contribution to that
I figured if I relisted my auction, it would look questionable to bidders
and I would not get a good price for my PROII.
This will be the last time I use EBay.com
Hi All, I am pretty certain that the follwing actions take place on e-bay.
A guy lists a radio (any radio) he puts a crazy high reserve on the item.
The auction ends, the reserve is not met, but if the highest bid suits him, he
contacts the high bidder (off e-bay) and offers to take his bid. E-bay is
out of their share of the sale and he only pays a listing fee.
Also, Many list gear on e-bay and on swap boards and in local newspapers all
at the same time. If the item sells locally he ends the auction. No sale
on e-bay. Problem with this is bidders tend to not buy gear for sale
elsewhere until they see if they win an e-bay auction WHICH may end early and
wasted his time bidding.
I was once a high bidder on an amp on e-bay, my bid turned out to be a
really fair price, I don't think the seller liked the $$ amount at the end.
told me he was a Viet Nam vet and was shot in the leg, as a result he dropped
the amp coming down the stairway and it smashed to pieces.
I was told that even if an auction goes through to the end there is no
obligation for the seller to let the item go. It's bad business for sure, but
authorities will be knocking on his door.
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