I think I get the thrust of technodup's implied point - that all sorts of dishonest, sneaky, underhand and manipulative things go in in some parts of the market - and that people should just acquiesce to it, so the dishonest, sneaky, underhand and manipulative can get away with it - but then some people, perhaps most, don't like that about the open market, and would prefer to not support it with their custom.
That's fine but talking about the open market (in this case Ebay) but wanting the right to persuade the seller to take it off the open market early then complaining about him manipulating the situation for his benefit doesn't sit right with me.
It takes some pretty flexible morals to equate somebody making an initial offer
to buy at an established price, to a seller refusing (quite reasonably I might add) then (potentially using "insider info") to artificially inflate the market price (if indeed that's what's happened.
A seller won't agree to a buy-it-now unless it suits them - after all, why would they. It's an offer, they can, and do, choose to refuse, if it's not in their interests, or they think they can get a better deal. Encouraging them to be (potentially dishonest) and artificially inflate a price by shill bidding, suggests a certain moral flexibility and dishonesty that most would probably choose not to deal with.
Or if you're playing by the rules, play by all the rules.
Ending a listing early for the following reasons is prohibited as it is considered fee avoidance:
Cancelling bids and ending a listing early because the reserve price hasn't been met to avoid reserve fees. See Reserve Price Policy.
Cancelling bids and ending a listing early in order to sell the item off-eBay. You should be aware that as well as avoiding fees, you risk fraud by selling items off the eBay website. If a member writes to you to ask you to sell away from the eBay website, please report them to us.
If I offer to buy-it-now on an auction, I'm not suggesting subverting ebay, or fee avoidance - quite the opposite - I'd still like the deal done on ebay, so I still have full buyer protection. But once again, the seller is under no obligation to accept, they presumably only will if the offer is acceptable.
Yes it's the seller in breach, but ffs we seem to talking morals and the buyer isn't exactly clean as a whistle .
The buyer hasn't behaved dishonestly. If
the seller has use shill bidding to inflate the market price, they are clearly willing to be dishonest and untrustworthy, and - this is just me - not the type of person that once established, I'd choose to do business with - regardless of whether the deal was still agreeable, or not. What else would they be prepared to be dishonest and underhand about...
This page intentionally left blank