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14 February 2015 @ 10:21 pm
Not sure if this is for real.  
My favourite watch has a huge two and a half centimetre face which I can *just* read without my glasses, making it perfect for weekends. It badly needs a new watchband, though, so I hunted about on ebay until I found one that I liked. I watched it for a couple of days, then emailed the seller to ask a question. Once she replied I placed a bid, and within the space of 12 hours I was outbid. I increased my bid by a small amount but was immediately outbid again. At that point I walked away from it.

The auction ended today, with that other bidder being successful. Within two hours of the auction ending I had a "second chance offer" to buy due to either the original bidder failing to come good with the cash (within that time frame, for such a small amount, highly unlikely)or the seller having more than one (she has no other items listed for sale). When I had a look at the highest bidder, the watchband was the first thing he/she has ever bid on.

It just feels as though the seller set up a new profile just to bid on this and drive up the price, then came unstuck when I didn't continue to bid. I don't know if I want to buy this now, as a result. And it's not the first time this has happened. I was outbid on a wallet once; when I received a second chance offer for the first one I ignored it as I'd already bought one elsewhere. The original seller actually sent me an angry message when I failed to act on the second-chance email! Bit rude.
Has anyone else experienced this?
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byslantedlight: BD bah humbug (Norfolk Dumpling)byslantedlight on February 14th, 2015 12:34 pm (UTC)
Oh yuck... Its been ages since I've used ebay much, so I've not had it happen. I've seen people complaining about buyers who let them down, I guess. It does sound a bit dodgy, but I suppose I could imagine it happening either genuinely or fraudulently... But then your other experience, where you were shouted at for not taking the second change sounds way beyond wrong - what in the world was that about?!

Okay, too many buts above. Ultimately... I think it's the timeframe of the thing that makes it sound wrong. Two hours isn't enough of a chance to give the winner - even if they changed their mind immediately after bidding, you'd think the seller would have to go through enough faff about it that it'd take longer than that to sort out. And if the seller had more than one of the item, then she should have said so to start with, so that doesn't seem very honest either. And if she's not been honest about those things, has she been honest about the item itself, and/or will she be honest in the rest of the transaction? I think if it was me I'd back off - unless it's the kind of watchstrap that's really hard to get hold of, and that makes it worth taking the chance!

I'm no help, am I..? *g*
miwahnimiwahni on February 14th, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)
I think it's the timeframe of the thing that makes it sound wrong.
That's what raised my suspicions, too. If she'd left it a couple of days it would not have seemed so odd.
Watchstrap is a bit difficult to get hold of, in that Fossil stopped making the type that threads through the watch and no-one else seems to make them either, but in the spirit of cutting off my nose to spite my face *g* I think I'll pass on this.