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Old 06 June 2010, 06:53   #1
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Question about Ebay

I've only just started selling items on ebay this last week, it's a rather steep learning curve and one that I thought I was getting to grips with. However I have an item where I quite clearly state that I will only deal with UK bidders where a bidder is placing bids and he's based in Russia, he has no feedback and this smells of "scam".

Can I Barr this bidder from placing bids or do I have to end my auction early and disappoint all those other people that have placed bids?
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Old 06 June 2010, 06:57   #2
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You can cancel his bids but he'll still be able to bid again. You should be able to block him:

http://pages.ebay.co.uk/services/buy...anagement.html
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I've maganged to block his future bidding, so hopefully someone will out bid him, otherwise I'll have to withdraw item.
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I've maganged to block his future bidding, so hopefully someone will out bid him, otherwise I'll have to withdraw item.
No you wont. Let the sale run, if he wins and doesn't pay in a 'legit' manner, report him.
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Cancel his bids Andy, with the explanation he isn't in the UK.. Yeah, you could let the auction run, and if he wins report him if he doesn't pay, but that is a pita.. You have to wait four days before Ebay will accept a non-payment report, they then wait three days for the buyer to get in touch.. All the while your prospective UK bidders are looking at other sellers.. Plus Ebay will have charged you final seller fee's based on what his winning bid was, this can be refunded, after they have decided he is a non-payer..

He may be a genuine buyer, but, I bet he hasn't inquired about postal costs to send the item to Russia...
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I've maganged to block his future bidding, so hopefully someone will out bid him, otherwise I'll have to withdraw item.
you can cancel his bids and it will reinstate the previous highest bidder.
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you can cancel his bids and it will reinstate the previous highest bidder.
The danger being, he could nip back in with another bid at the last minute. I'd not be keen on dealing with a buyer from Eastern Europe.
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The danger being, he could nip back in with another bid at the last minute. I'd not be keen on dealing with a buyer from Eastern Europe.
Not if hes blocked his id from bidding.
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well there is a possibility of him using a fresh user name or ID and nipping back in moments before the auction ends.

I might just wait till just before the auction ends and withdraw it. That way I get none of the hassle of having to reclaim fees and worrying about - feedback etc.

I'd be in two minds then...Either approach the highest legit bidder and negotiate a price based on the fact someone he was bidding against was an undesirable. or just re-list it.
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well there is a possibility of him using a fresh user name or ID and nipping back in moments before the auction ends.
Possible, but unlikely I'd say. If you've blocked him, he'll know that you've sniffed a rat. He'll be off looking for someone less clued-up, if he's in the scamming game.
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