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Ebay Problems with Buyer

Having some eBay problems with a buyer, I auctioned my watch on eBay, the bid ended and the seller isn't willing to pay, what can I do? I don't want to give him a bad feedback cause he will give me one.

What are my options?

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    I am a postcard seller on Ebay. Ebay has drowned my site with pop up ads all over it.Contant interferende. Help!!!



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A buyer is committed once the bid has been placed and won. That's part and parcel of Ebay rules.

I understand what you mean about the 'buyer' being likely to retaliate with negative feedback. Personally, I would email Ebay and explain that the buyer won't actually pay and you're worried about negative feedback. Ask them for their advice and let them sort it out, if they will.

You have of course paid to advertise the watch on Ebay. Not a lot of money to advertise, more of an annoyance factor that somebody has messed you around. The 'buyer' should of course be responsible for reimbursing your advertising costs but the truth is you're very unlikely to recover those.

Email Ebay and explain the situation. If a non-paying buyer leaves negative feedback in retaliation ... well, it shouldn't be allowed. Ebay should be able to either prevent negative feedback in retaliation, or remove it from your rating should it happen.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

  • sarsenior Mar 20, 2011

    made mistake on a bid , 58.00 insteadof 28.00



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