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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?
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
a honeyed wine at night: leafy drinkmoonlightmead on February 14th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't mind, but I read your post out to my OH, who uses Ebay very regularly. I got to the line 'I had a "second chance offer"' and he immediately interrupted to say 'Scam. It's them.'

He went on to say it's a known problem, and that he and almost everyone he knows who uses Ebay never bids until the last minute of the auction, because if you bid earlier, someone will always come and bump it up.

He's not joking about the 'bid in the last minute', either: apparently the trick is to be in the last 60 seconds - or, if you are a serious Ebayer, the last 40 or even the last 20.

So yes, you were right to be suspicious, and OH added, if they pull that trick, you can't trust them - what exactly are they selling, will it be as described etc? - and should never pick up on the second-chance offer. Next time, wait until the last 60 seconds.
ali15sonali15son on February 14th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
thankyou but i learned my lesson by that and now like you say only bid at the very last seconds....sometimes i have been lucky but even then leaving it to the last seconds i have been outbid ..though i have to say when i do win i am bouncing off all four walls *g*
miwahni: Random Computer says nomiwahni on February 16th, 2015 11:44 am (UTC)
I don't mind at all. I didn't realise it was a well known scam, and thought it was just someone having a lend. I'll use the "buy it now" button if available, if there's something I really want, just to make sure I get it. It's good advice to bid in the dying moments; unfortunately I'm rarely able to be online when an item is about to close.

Definitely not taking up the second chance offer though. Good luck to them selling it next time. I