|Re: Hudendai - does NOT breaks eBay rules!|
Message #16 Posted by Pascal on 25 Oct 2006, 4:03 a.m.,
in response to message #15 by Allen
You're right, ending a sale early to sell the item to the highest bidder or submitting a best offer are features both accepted and promoted by ebay. If you contact a seller to buy a whole lot at the current price and the seller accepts to end the auctions early because it's more convenient for him to deal with one single buyer, it's also ok. In this case, you should pay the actual value of the items at the time the auctions ended (i.e. if an auction ends with a value of $0.99 then you should pay $0.99 for this item).
In the example of the 19 items that hudendai bought from snoopyrunwild (see post from "more shockers"), 9 of them ended with a value of $0.99, for a total value of around $530. If hudendai really paid $530 for the lot, then he did nothing wrong, he just made a lucky deal.
But if he made a deal with seller to buy the whole lot for a higher value, then he is breaking ebay rules (see http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/rfe-spam-non-ebay-sale.html)
“Offers to buy or sell listed items outside of the eBay site are not permitted. Offers of this nature are a potential fraud risk for both buyers and sellers and circumvent eBay's fees.
Some examples of offers outside of the eBay site include:
- Ending a listing early to sell the item at a higher price to the winning bidder “
Given the nature of the 9 items that sold for $0.99, which include 2 x hp-49g, 2 x hp-48g, hp-48s, 2x hp-28s, hp-21 and an hp-41c, it is reasonable to think that hudendai did pay more than the listed price and therefore violated ebay policies.