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eBay question

I just won an auction for a PDA on eBay, for a pretty good price.

The seller has contacted me saying that the price is not high enough and they don't want to sell it after all.

Since they didn't set a reserve price, am I right in thinking that they darn well have to sell it to me for the value of my winning bid?

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geekette8
Apr. 16th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
Indeed. There's nothing you can do to actually FORCE them to ship it to you.

I think that incidences of this have increased greatly since ebay upped the lower limit for a reserve price.
uitlander
Apr. 16th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Ditto. You have right on your side, but short of going round to theirs and demanding the goods you'd be better off leaving negative feedback, letting ebay know the seller reneged on the deal and moving on.
strange_complex
Apr. 16th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure you're correct. I should think that if you threaten to report them to eBay they'll capitulate pretty quickly. Certainly, these days you can now leave them negative feedback as a non-selling seller without fear of reprisal, since sellers can't leave negative feedback for buyers any more.
sideswipe9th
Apr. 16th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
From all I know of eBay, as soon as the auction is over the seller is legally bound to send the item to the buyer, for the price the buyer won the auction with, as soon as the seller has received payment.

This would be the same in any auction house. If the seller forgets to put down a reserve, that's their own fault!

Have you sent them payment yet?
bohemiancoast
Apr. 16th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Yes, they're obliged to sell it to you. eBay charges more (much more) for reserve auctions, which is why they didn't put a high reserve on it.

Obviously, you can't force them to ship it to you if they choose not to (and what they could have done, and someone has done to me, is cancel the auction 30 seconds before the end time, and not break any eBay rules at all). What you can do is forward the email to eBay and ask them to apply their sanctions because what he has done is break eBay rules and he's not even clever enough to lie about it (you would not have fretted if, instead, he'd written and said 'I'm very sorry, I've checked again and it's not working, I can't sell it to you', would you?)
marnanel
Apr. 16th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
this.
shui_long
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
You have a legally binding contract for sale at the bid price. Enforcing that contract may be more difficult - but if the seller has an established reputation on eBay, a threat to report them for breach might produce results.
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