Originally Posted by PeterM
It does annoy me that poeple use ebay to advetise stuff in this way - then avoid any responsibity via ebay and no fees payable as the engine is sold 'privately'....
I disagree. This auction was always just for the Rib, with the motor being advised as being sold separate. In this case Nigel was the one looking to secure it as a package, rather than chance it with an auction bid so it's not really the seller who has sold it from under him.
We put a bit on eBay but very rarely does it run through. Most times we could and in all probability make a lot more money but the risk of time wasters, non paying bidders etc is so high it's far better to use eBay for what it is, a platform to advertise. When our deal figure is offered we always take it and remove from sale. Obviously if the auction is in its last 12 hours we are obliged to let it run and honour the selling price. Just wish the buyers would do the same!!!
I know we will get the usual "why not use a buy it now then" comments but lets be honest, firstly they don't stop idiots buying when drunk and not paying, costing us a lot in fees. Secondly they do not get the same interest as an auction. It's quite bizarre how people will see a buy it now and just watch it but see an auction and submit an offer, thinking they are getting it from under the noses of everybody else! Many a times we have listed a buy it now and it go unsold, put it on auction and it goes past the previous weeks buy it now price. People love a bit of excitement...