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Old 01-05-2019, 01:33 PM
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How do I take down an auction? A interested buyer wants me to end an auction and purchase the item. Can I revise or edit the auction with a " buy it now "? Thanks
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Old 01-05-2019, 02:00 PM
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Yes, you can revise it to be a Buy-It-Now from your seller's dashboard.

Edit: does it already have bids? Maybe you should let it ride. Many people try to get sellers to end early in order to reduce the overall price.
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Old 01-05-2019, 02:41 PM
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Question solved... Thanks
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Old 01-05-2019, 02:59 PM
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Bad idea to end it early. That's almost never in the seller's interest (although it is in the buyer's interest).
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:07 AM
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Be careful about ending auction early especially if someone messaged you about the item. Red flag to Ebay and they could suspend your account
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Old 01-07-2019, 01:06 PM
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My policy:

If I am very educated on a particular item, I have no problem ending early for the "right price". If I am less or unfamiliar - I let it finish - have had both upside (mostly) and downside surprises.
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Old 01-07-2019, 01:24 PM
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When I was selling, I only had maybe 5-6 offers to end an auction early. I don't do that. All those items ended up selling for more than the offer. Most for about 5x the offer.

Plus, at the time ebay had language that posting an auction was a contractual agreement to sell the item for the high bid unless there was a reserve.

It wastes peoples time looking at auctions and putting them in watching/ setting bids etc.
So thinks for being "that guy" if there was a blocked seller list you'd be on it.
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Old 01-07-2019, 02:24 PM
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fwiw... if one clicks on "contact seller" on the page of an ebay auction you will be presented with a "select a topic" pick list that includes a "make an offer" selection. If you select it and the item does not already have a "make offer" option you will be informed that "The seller hasn't enabled offers for this item. See if they'll consider — send a message with your best price." So, ebay is not discouraging making offers (though they will expect the seller to consummate any sale via ebay - they'll also likely not permit any exchange of email addresses via their messaging unless well obfuscated).
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:59 PM
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If you do your eBay listings as BIN's instead of auctions, you can end them anytime no problem. It's when you are running an auction that has already received bids that they get antsy if you start ending too many things early. In the fine print I believe, I think they say you are supposed to acknowledge that after listing something you will sell it per ebay policy, which means no negotiating behind their backs. I'm not really sure as I rarely do straight up auctions anymore. Back in the day though that is all eBay did (everything was an auction) and so the rules got kinda strict.
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I've never asked a seller to end an auction early, but have made offers. I tell the seller that if the item doesn't sell (because I think it's listed too high to begin with) then I'll pay $X amount and will click a Buy It Now if they relist with my price as the BIN. It's worked a few times in the past. I don't believe in ending an auction early if there are bids already placed.
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I've never asked a seller to end an auction early, but have made offers. I tell the seller that if the item doesn't sell (because I think it's listed too high to begin with) then I'll pay $X amount and will click a Buy It Now if they relist with my price as the BIN. It's worked a few times in the past. I don't believe in ending an auction early if there are bids already placed.
I've done this too. A little communication can go a long way. I've asked someone to change their BIN on the fly, and then I will immediately click it. Win-win.
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I received a message once about ending an auction early.

Buyer: I really want this. Whats your absolute rock bottom price?

Me: Rock bottom $50

Buyer: Would you take $25?

I didn't even bother responding.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:11 AM
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I received a message once about ending an auction early.

Buyer: I really want this. Whats your absolute rock bottom price?

Me: Rock bottom $50

Buyer: Would you take $25?

I didn't even bother responding.
Agreed that's ridiculous. Part of the problem of nuance when not negotiating face-to-face though - it's hard to tell if you think someone is serious about "rock bottom." That's where you have to take people at their word, but sadly many do not.

I don't mind lowballing people occasionally if it's still a lot of money, you never know what the situation is, but it's usually telling in the negotiations even with BIN. For example: Card is listed at $400. I offer $250. Seller responds $395. Yep...that should be pretty telling to you as the buyer.
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Agreed that's ridiculous. Part of the problem of nuance when not negotiating face-to-face though - it's hard to tell if you think someone is serious about "rock bottom." That's where you have to take people at their word, but sadly many do not.

I don't mind lowballing people occasionally if it's still a lot of money, you never know what the situation is, but it's usually telling in the negotiations even with BIN. For example: Card is listed at $400. I offer $250. Seller responds $395. Yep...that should be pretty telling to you as the buyer.

I don't mind low ball offers, it creates a starting point at least, as long as the offer isn't a total insult ($10 on a $100 item).
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