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Sorry if this is a simple question. 

If I make an offer can someone else still nip in and buy it at the full price or is the item 'on hold' until the offer expires?

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  • vacheron
    vacheron Posts: 1,617 Forumite
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    edited 25 October 2022 at 5:13PM
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    They can buy it at full price, or they can make an offer and the seller can accept their offer instead of yours (even if their offer is lower).

    The item is only allocated to you once your offer is accepted.
    • The rich buy assets.
    • The poor only have expenses.
    • The middle class buy liabilities they think are assets.
    Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • GadgetGuru
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    Ive had that before - placed what I thought was a good offer, only for someone else to just purchase it at full price! Comes down to how much you want/need the item.....
  • soolin
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    Sorry if this is a simple question. 

    If I make an offer can someone else still nip in and buy it at the full price or is the item 'on hold' until the offer expires?

    Thanks
    As has been answered it isn’t yours until the seller accepts your offer. As a seller that is the only way it can work otherwise your items can end up being blocked.

    I have posted about it before on here but some buyers believe it holds the item and I have had on more than one occasion an angry email from a buyer asking where my item has gone as they were negotiating for it and I am obviously crooked or scamming them by selling it underhand to another buyer. 
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  • vacheron
    vacheron Posts: 1,617 Forumite
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    edited 25 October 2022 at 6:35PM
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    soolin said:
    Sorry if this is a simple question. 

    If I make an offer can someone else still nip in and buy it at the full price or is the item 'on hold' until the offer expires?

    Thanks

    I have posted about it before on here but some buyers believe it holds the item and I have had on more than one occasion an angry email from a buyer asking where my item has gone as they were negotiating for it and I am obviously crooked or scamming them by selling it underhand to another buyer. 
    I am selling some electronic items I no longer need for £22 each. Even at £22 this is a bargain, especially as I am the only person selling this item on eBay and this is way below the online store price of £40-£45

    I had someone just yesterday offer £12!  
    I counter offered with £18.75 and messaged him to say this was the lowest I was able to go. 

    He came back with a second offer of £13
    I counter offered with £18.75 again and another message that this was the lowest I was able to go. 

    He came back with a third (and final) offer of £14
    I counter offered with £18.75 again and another message that this was the lowest I was able to go.

    He declined my offer.

    Now tonight he is messaging me saying it won't let him make any more offers, and what he do as he really needs the item!

    My reply was, "You can easily just "Buy it now" for £22.  B)
    • The rich buy assets.
    • The poor only have expenses.
    • The middle class buy liabilities they think are assets.
    Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Spoonie_Turtle
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    vacheron said:
    soolin said:
    Sorry if this is a simple question. 

    If I make an offer can someone else still nip in and buy it at the full price or is the item 'on hold' until the offer expires?

    Thanks

    I have posted about it before on here but some buyers believe it holds the item and I have had on more than one occasion an angry email from a buyer asking where my item has gone as they were negotiating for it and I am obviously crooked or scamming them by selling it underhand to another buyer. 
    I am selling some electronic items I no longer need for £22 each. Even at £22 this is a bargain, especially as I am the only person selling this item on eBay and this is way below the online store price of £40-£45

    I had someone just yesterday offer £12!  
    I counter offered with £18.75 and messaged him to say this was the lowest I was able to go. 

    He came back with a second offer of £13
    I counter offered with £18.75 again and another message that this was the lowest I was able to go. 

    He came back with a third (and final) offer of £14
    I counter offered with £18.75 again and another message that this was the lowest I was able to go.

    He declined my offer.

    Now tonight he is messaging me saying it won't let him make any more offers, and what he do as he really needs the item!

    My reply was, "You can easily just "Buy it now" for £22.  B)
    Does he think you can change eBay's system that allows a maximum of 3 offers?  It explicitly warns a buyer when they submit.  Silly buyer.
  • soolin
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    Some of the forums I read have buyers posting comments and it is interesting to see things from their point of view, and how they perceive some sellers.  A common complaint is that sellers won’t Co operate with offers as they believe there to be some sort of universal law that says buyers go up and sellers come down to a mid point, and they can be absolutely indignant when a seller offers a price close to the original price or won’t budge on the offer. It becomes difficult to get them to understand that sellers don’t have to meet them half way, and perhaps 10% off the listed price is the best price, and them getting cross or complaining to eBay is an absolute waste of time as a buyer has no right to dictate what offers sellers should or should not take. 

    I have used the same tactic as above, offered my ‘best price’ and refused to budge , I have even increased my best offer once when I was feeling grumpy and buyer was making really silly low offers. 
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  • GabbaGabbaHey
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    As a Buyer on eBay, I'll reasonably often make an offer.

    I have absolutely no problem with Sellers declining, or counter-offering, but what does irritate me is when they just let the offer expire. (And, if I do end up buying the item, it will certainly impact the "Communications" stars that I leave for them).
    Philip
  • GadgetGuru
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    You think thats bad?

    I had an item up with a BIN of £1399.99 (NAS Drive)
    Postage would cost £75 if it was fully insured etc, but I know people would consider that and be put off, so I put postage at £19.99 and thought I'd just cover the rest from the sale price.....

    I received an offer of a whole £400!! Yes, £400!

    I just decline it and do not even consider - with someone offering this its highly unlikely I can get them anywhere close to sale price. 
    Sold it locally in the end, cash sale at full asking price!

    Generally if I receive a silly offer that is very far from the BIN price, I just decline. 
    If its an offer thats reasonable, I will counter offer closer to the BIN price. I also send a message alongside the counter offer to state its the lowest I can go, and that I would offer a quick dispatch!! In other words, come across as though you are providing a little extra.....
  • vacheron
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    edited 25 October 2022 at 10:21PM
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    My favourites are the ones who seem to think that because you're selling your own personal items your children must be clinging to your ankles crying with hunger, so you get the "can offer you £30 now - money waiting", or "I'll give you (40% under listed price)... cash in your account tonight!".

    Cheers mate, why don't you just throw it in the air when you arrive an you can watch my urchin family and I jump up and down like performing monkeys trying to grab it!  :D

    For me, everything I no longer need gets listed on eBay as a BIN / Best offer, then put in my special "listed items only" eBay cupboard.

    I don't need the money, I want rid of my clutter, and I don't care if it takes 3 days or 3 years to sell, just so long as it's listed there for when the right person comes along!
    • The rich buy assets.
    • The poor only have expenses.
    • The middle class buy liabilities they think are assets.
    Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • soolin
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    I do just decline stupid offers rather than try and counter offer as sometimes you just know there is no point in trying to move a buyer more towards your listing price. I’ve got a £250 item listed and have had an offer of £50 so just declined it rather than waste my time on a buyer who was obviously not that interested. 
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