ebay bid retraction - serial offender

Started Mar 19, 2010 | Discussions thread
Richard Murdey
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Re: ebay bid retraction - serial offender

imageswest wrote:

So you changed your mind, and no longer wanted to pay the amount you had bid for the item, and wanted to back out of a legally binding agreement? Sounds almost as bad as the guy you're complaining about.

The agreement is only legally binding if all the bids are legitimate, i.e. if the person you outbid was a shill, or broke other eBay rules when bidding, the final selling price is invalid.

That's obvious, but there is a grey area when ebay does not officially decide that the auction was poisoned and cancel the transaction. Then, it has to resolved on a case-by-case basis with the cooperation of the seller.

Ebay should have done the right thing and cancel the auction, but they did not. They should have disciplined the bidder, but they did not. Even now the other bidder is continuing to make about 10 bid retractions a day on photography related auctions.

eBay:

"Misuse of the bid retraction option to manipulate the bidding process is not permitted. This includes any manipulation of the bidding process to discover the maximum bid of the current high bidder or to uncover the reserve price."

This is not true. Sadly it very much is permitted.

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