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    I’ve got this soprano on eBay...and there is some underhand stuff going on...it was the same on the last one I sold....A bidder will bid a very high sum so that they will be winning only it’s just to find out how high the current winning bidder is prepared to go...when they find out, then they will retract the bid by saying I bid the wrong amount I could block anyone doing this from bidding but they may be doing it on behalf of some other bidder.
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    Wouldn't be easier to sell it on here in the Marketplace for the price you want, maybe then negotiate a bit?


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Wouldn't be easier to sell it on here in the Marketplace for the price you want, maybe then negotiate a bit?


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    That makes total sense to me, you have a lot of fans here, Mr. Timms.
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    You coud just put a "buy it now" price on it. You have a real following and no reason you could not establish a fair retail price based on the variables of a specific build.

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    I'm not surprised that people are finding ways to beat the system. eBay confirms your bid amount pretty clearly after you have bid, and asks you to verify.

    There are real positives for considering sales here, mainly that you wouldn't have to pay the combination of PayPal and eBay fees. I've lost nearly 30% of the value of an item to these fees, so I am not likely to use eBay as a seller ever again.

    The positive about eBay is that it does offer the seller and buyer some protection against shady deals; and also, an item can sell for more than the seller ever hoped to get (but then will be brought back to earth by eBay and PayPal fees).
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    Hmm, that is sneaky, "impolite" at best, and maybe against terms of use, but I'm not sure how it hurts you as a seller.

    I agree with the others about just listing here, at least some. You could judge for yourself whether that process was better for you than eBay or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Hmm, that is sneaky, "impolite" at best, and maybe against terms of use, but I'm not sure how it hurts you as a seller.

    I agree with the others about just listing here, at least some. You could judge for yourself whether that process was better for you than eBay or not.
    I was thinking this too... wouldn't it go to highest bidder eiyher way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlb511 View Post
    You coud just put a "buy it now" price on it. You have a real following and no reason you could not establish a fair retail price based on the variables of a specific build.
    Ken often does offer a Buy It Now (BIN) price price, but just as often, a potential buyer will meet the opening bid,at which point the Buy It Now option goes away, and it becomes a standard auction, usually for 5 days. The final price will usually approach the BIN price, and occasionally exceed it. Retracting a bid at the last minute is indeed a low class move, especially if it is being done intentionally/maliciously to screw up Ken's commerce. I suppose whenever you're the best at something, some others get jealous, and try to impede your success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    I’ve got this soprano on eBay...and there is some underhand stuff going on...it was the same on the last one I sold....A bidder will bid a very high sum so that they will be winning only it’s just to find out how high the current winning bidder is prepared to go...when they find out, then they will retract the bid by saying I bid the wrong amount I could block anyone doing this from bidding but they may be doing it on behalf of some other bidder.
    Funny thing Ken. This is exactly the kind of skullduggery that people accuse SELLERS of doing using a second eBay account to maximise sale price.
    This is what people will accuse you of doing.
    It could be a fan of your work who believes they are doing you a "favour".

    I'm not sure where you go from here.

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    And my suggestion.
    Maybe its time that you just put a "Good" price on your instruments. A price that pays your bills and you think you are worth. Make it a single Buy it Now price without an auction as well and stick to it.
    It may take a little longer to sell yet I believe that you have enough of a customer/support base to make it work.

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