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    • walwyn1978
    • By walwyn1978 4th Oct 16, 11:49 AM
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    New to selling on EBay and getting messages asking if I will do a buy it now
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    • 4th Oct 16, 11:49 AM
    New to selling on EBay and getting messages asking if I will do a buy it now 4th Oct 16 at 11:49 AM
    Listed an item (my 4th to date) - no bids yet but two messages from different people, asking if I would do a buy it now. One had a figure, one didn't. Had a look on eBay guidance and this seems to be frowned on, but on a online q and a lots of people said they did it.

    What do you do? If you don't want to (and that's where I probably am unless you persuade me) how do you respond to the message?

    Thank you!
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    • ballisticbrian
    • By ballisticbrian 4th Oct 16, 12:03 PM
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    • 4th Oct 16, 12:03 PM
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    • 4th Oct 16, 12:03 PM
    Firstly, you had the option of setting a buy it now when you listed the auction. These people that are sending you messages know that and are trying to twist your arm into doing it now to their benefit.


    Secondly, they wouldn't do it unless they thought they could get the item cheaper than waiting for the auction to end.


    Just send a message stating it's running as an auction with no buy-it-now.
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    • mrcol1000
    • By mrcol1000 4th Oct 16, 12:27 PM
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    • 4th Oct 16, 12:27 PM
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    • 4th Oct 16, 12:27 PM
    While the above is often the case, I have found people aren't bothered with auctions now. Some people just want to buy the item without messing about with bidding. You could take a risk with the auction and most likely will get more but you could also get less. If you do an advanced search you can search for similar items and see the sold price.

    As long the item has no bids you can still add a buy it now price to a live auction. It is only if that you sell outside of Ebay that you are on dodgy ground. It is your choice though. If you do not think the item will get more than the price offered and are happy with the price then you can add a buy it now. You can always tell them you think it is worth more, they may increase their offer.
    • cattie
    • By cattie 4th Oct 16, 2:18 PM
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    • 4th Oct 16, 2:18 PM
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    • 4th Oct 16, 2:18 PM
    I often get asked about doing BIN's too. I normally just reply & say I prefer my auctions to run to term, but if they wanted to make me an offer I can't refuse then I'd be willing to sell as a BIN.

    Needless to say, nobody ever comes back with an offer, which to me shows they were hoping to pick the item up a bargain price & it's only very occasionally that any of them actually bother to make a bid on the auction.
    The bigger the bargain, the better I feel.

    I should mention that there's only one of me, don't confuse me with others of the same name.
    • Art Vandelay
    • By Art Vandelay 5th Oct 16, 10:38 PM
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    • 5th Oct 16, 10:38 PM
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    • 5th Oct 16, 10:38 PM
    While (usually) I am happy to let auctions run to the end, if a buyer asks the question then there's no harm in asking if they have a figure in mind. If they are serious, they will make a serious offer.

    I have had this twice recently, neither buyer wanted a silly discount or virtual freebie. One wanted a specific item for a gift, the other was happy to pay me over £100 for something I would have taken £40 for. Both sales fine with glowing feedback received.
    • qsk
    • By qsk 6th Oct 16, 9:38 AM
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    • 6th Oct 16, 9:38 AM
    ... the other was happy to pay me over £100 for something I would have taken £40 for.
    Originally posted by Art Vandelay

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    • Sambella
    • By Sambella 6th Oct 16, 9:49 AM
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    • 6th Oct 16, 9:49 AM
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    • 6th Oct 16, 9:49 AM
    I always gave them a stock answer that as I had put it up for auction I intended to see it through. They were free to make bids if they wished and that they may possibly end up getting the item cheaper than the price offered to buy it now.

    That always seemed to shut them up!
    • Brooker Dave
    • By Brooker Dave 6th Oct 16, 10:22 AM
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    • 6th Oct 16, 10:22 AM
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    • 6th Oct 16, 10:22 AM
    If its a sensible offer, take the money.

    Never mind what ebay thinks.
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    • Old Git
    • By Old Git 9th Oct 16, 11:25 AM
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    • #9
    • 9th Oct 16, 11:25 AM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 11:25 AM
    I go onto ebay looking for an item .I dont want to get into a bidding war .I want to be able to buy ,pay ,and get delivery ASAP.
    If its an auction and I am at work I wont know until I get home if I have won or not .If I haven't I have wasted my time when I could have bought elsewhere and started the delivery process .
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    • skintpaul
    • By skintpaul 9th Oct 16, 4:59 PM
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    Can you edit item, with a BIN set at price you are looking for?
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    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 9th Oct 16, 5:33 PM
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    Have you tried searching for the highest prices similar items have sold for?
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