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eBay Buyer Request - Am I missing something here?
Short of it:
Listed a set for auction and it had 0 bids. A person messaged me and asked if they placed a bid for the current list price if I would end the auction early. I gladly obliged since my list price was close to what I wanted to sell for anyways.
Buyer messaged me after I ended the auction and is requesting timely shipping, that the item is clean, that there is no eBay invoice or other documentation included, and that I add signature confirmation. The buyer requested that I ship to specified address, but it is the confirmed address used by the PP account. The buyer has over 5K feedback for purchases - no items for sale or seller feedback. Member since 02.
I realize this could be completely legitimate and probably is - it could be a gift or something the person is quick flipping through some other avenue or eBay account. Something just seems off about it though. It feels like a drop ship to me, but as far as eBay and PP are concerned it all checks out. The buyer just seems a little too persistent though - I got detailed instructions sent to me like three times and of course they want it ASAP.
I only do a small amount of hobby reselling when it comes time to clear some room - just want to make sure I'm not missing something blatantly obvious that maybe some of you Pros have ran into in the past. I think everything is fine but wanted to run it by you guys first.
Thanks - Any help is appreciated.
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It also sounds a bit like this buyer may be a volume buyer sending many purchases elsewhere all at once. I've had buyers ask me to put the ebay # on the box, which tells me they aren't the final destination of the package
BTW, don't ever end an auction at the request of the buyer regardless if you receive what you wanted or not. List as buy-it-now if you want to go that route, but once you list as an auction let in run its course.
That being written, I would never, ever do it, and pleasantly reply that he's welcome to participate in the auction. If this sours him, so be it. There is always another buyer.
Btw, your gut is already telling you the answer, listen to it.
Thanks for the replies - you guys are right in that I shouldn't have ended the auction early after he placed his bid bc there is a solid chance my item would have gone a little higher than list. He was most likely looking for a better deal and I just gave him one in order to nab the quick sale.
I'm going to let it play out though bc (due to my intervention) he did *win* my auction and hasn't asked me to do anything "eBay illegal", even though it seems a little sketchy. I will ship to the PP verified address and request signature confirmation. Seller protection should be there if I need it.
Thanks again - I appreciate it.
If you ever, ever think that there is even the slightest problem with your order (someone threatening to leave bad feedback if you don't give them replacement rubber bands that they broke, for an extreme example), call ebay so that they get your side of things first. It really helps.
In regards to the current deal, I see no reason not to go through with it. If it were me, I wouldn't add signature confirmation (it doesn't help you at all)- it is on you to make sure the package gets delivered (and tracking proves that just fine), not to make sure the correct person gets it - that is on the buyer. But if you don't care and are fine spending the extra ~$3, I see nothing wrong with that.
I don't think this person lives where the item is getting shipped - that's what stands out as odd to me. The name on the PP account is not the name on the verified shipping address. That in itself doesn't mean as much but I was able to see that the eBay user is from a different state than where the confirmed shipping address is.
Still... I'm in the exact same boat I would have been in if this person would have just bid and won the auction without it ending early. As long as I am shipping to where eBay/PayPal is telling me to then I'm good.
Same here, except I prefer using a "watch" to a bid in order to mark auctions that interest me. I take pride in doing all my sniping by hand, mind you--none of that nasty automated rubbish for me! :-)
There do seem to be more schillers than there used to be, admittedly. Sigh.