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    Ebay Query

    Just won something on Ebay for just over a fiver. In the listing the seller said that her reserve was £20 but only in the text not a reserve price as usual.

    How do I stand on this? Anyone know?

    Cheers JC

    12 Comments

    cos reserve minimum is £50 so she couldnt add it. I bet you she wont sell it to you!

    i would neg her tho!
    Edited by: "plumberman01" 2nd Nov 2010

    probably not much you can do if she wont sell it you, apart from report them and neg them, they should put it on the listing really.

    She should have started it at £20. Neg her, Report her for non performing seller and fee avoidance

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    Syzable

    She should have started it at £20. Neg her, Report her for non performing … She should have started it at £20. Neg her, Report her for non performing seller and fee avoidance



    +1

    You aren't gonna get it! Neg them and report them to ebay!

    She's obliged to sell it to you but is trying to get out of it. She should have put the start price higher if she didn't want it to go for a fiver but this would have been more expensive for her. If she doesn't sell, just neg and report her.

    theres nothing legal saying she must sell it too you, so she isn't obliged.

    I hate when people say that ebay auctions are legally binding.

    has she replied to your winning bid?

    Neg and report

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    matt3454

    theres nothing legal saying she must sell it too you, so she isn't … theres nothing legal saying she must sell it too you, so she isn't obliged.I hate when people say that ebay auctions are legally binding.



    To be fair, ebay say they are so it's no wonder people think they are.

    Jumpingphil

    Thousands and thousands of people seem to think it is legally binding.



    It technically is binding, but is (a) not enforceable and (b) down to a seller to take legal action to recover what they are out of pocket for.

    So in this case the buyer won it for £5. Seller doesnt sell. Buyer gets it elsewhere for £10. Buyer can attempt to sue for £5. But this is obviously not necessarily a straight forward process.

    Jumpingphil

    There are several cases in my link where people have gone to small claims … There are several cases in my link where people have gone to small claims court and got their money.I also realise that a lot of the time it just isn't going to be worth doing, especially for low value items.Could also be a problem if the person physically doesn't have any money.This is the second time in two days that Matt has commented on this and I think he is mistaken. ( I'm still not absolutely sure myself ).And even in your reply, you say that it is not enforceable, but then you say it is down to the seller to take legal action, so I read that as it is enfoceable.Very confusing.We probably need a good high value, high profile case to go to court and get covered by all the tabloids.



    When I said not enforceable, I meant by eBay themselves. There's no point going to them as they can do nothing about it except close the sellers account (but they'll just open another one).

    Agree it would need a high profile case, but what is sold on eBay which would warrant anything remotely "high profile"? Not a lot, so nothing will ever change. Sellers will pull out of deals if they want, buyers will do likewise. Most of the time with little or no consequence.
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