My first auction in two years...

United States
August 26, 2010 4:09pm CST
And the bidder stiffed me! I'm disappointed...I've only had problems with maybe 4 or 5 auctions out of 500 or so over the years, but really! I know the economy is bad all over, but hey! if you don't have the money, don't bid, right? My auction payment rules are clear--pay with 4 days of auction closing, I only accept PayPal and at this time, I only ship in the United States (time constraints) on Saturday mornings. I even put a flat rate shipping amount in the auction. I went out of town over the weekend, figuring that they would have paid me over the weekend (the auction closed LAST Wednesday!) and I could ship on Monday (which I had taken off). I've been checking--no payment. I contacted the buyer through eBay yesterday and requested that they contact me within 24 hours to make payment arrangements--nothing. I've filed through eBay's system to request a refund of my final value fees (and the money that was to be donated to my favorite charity) in the meantime, but I'm frustrated! Has anyone else had this problem recently? I know I don't have money, so I don't go shopping on eBay! This crap is getting out of hand now!
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
2 Sep 10
it happened to me sometime ago buyer said he didn't want the item (well then why bid?) but because I was new on ebay at the time I just let him withdraw I did report him though, and I banned him from bidding on my item anymore there is bidding confirmation, so nobody should bid if they are not ready to pay you can set up a rule on ebay (it will go automatic) that anyone with certain rating, location and feedback can't bid
• United States
2 Sep 10
I didn't find the link to ban bidders, but I've used it during the past. Thanks for reminding me!
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
3 Sep 10
you're welcome just scroll down way down it's on the same page with listing
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
27 Aug 10
I have been selling on Ebay for awhile now, although I not a power seller or anything. I have noticed that ever since Ebay did away with sellers' ability to leave negative feedback for buyers, buyers have increasingly felt that they do not have to honor their bidding obligations. Combine that with the economy, and the fact that it is summertime, and I think there is a definite increase in the amount of buyers who do not go through with the sales. But it is still a great place to make some extra money, so I wouldn't give up! Don't let one negative experience keep you from selling what you want to sell. Good luck!
• United States
27 Aug 10
Gee, thanks alot eBay folks! Sadly, not being able to leave negative feedback for a bad buyer just a bit anacharistic, don't you think? I mean, if the buyers can get away with murder (or at least, running the show), then we sellers don't have to pay those outrageous final value fees! I'm being charged for this auction (which I did put a complaint into eBay earlier today) to request a refund for the fees AND my donation (I'm doing a charity benefit auction) until I'm paid! Can we still block the bidder from coming in and bidding on other auctions?