Deadbeat Car Buyer Negs Seller eBay Says It’s OK

This seller has been an eBay member for eight years: I’m not a power seller, I just like to play around with old Cadillacs. I had a 1976 Eldorado Convertible on Ebay about three weeks ago. No reserve starting bid was $6,080.

In my listing I clearly detailed that FIRST BID OWNS and that a $500 deposit was REQUIRED with 48 hrs and that payment in full MUST be made within seven (7) days. When the auction was over I sent the high “bidder” a note of congratulations and an invoice for the $500 deposit. Get this his reply was “I don’t send deposits, I’ll TRY to get out to see it in three weeks, IF I can, & IF I like it I’ll buy it.”

I started to investigate what I had to do right away. According to Ebay I had to wait seven days before I could file a non-paying buyer (should be bidder) case. Went through all that exicting process, following all of Ebays requirements. After the non-paying bidder case was closed, Bidder left NEGATIVE FEEDBACK for me. This took my perfect 100% (16) positive feedback rating to 75%. As I said I don’t do it alot.

Then I contacted Ebay about the unjustified negative feedback, Ebays reply “BUYERS are allowed to leave negative feedback” No matter where I send Ebay e-mail, no matter how many times I explain Ebay keeps refering to him as “Buyer” So yesterday I notified high bidder who did not follow the terms of the auction that I will be suing him here in Ohio for breach of contract if he does not remove the negative feedback.

What I find most confusing is that Ebay seems to protect people like the non-paying bidder instead of those of us who follow the rules.

Would you look at and consider buying a classic Cadillac from someone with a feedback rating of 75%? I wouldn’t.

Griff tried to help but, the same thing keeps happening, BUYER CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS, EVEN THOUGH HE BOUGHT NOTHING!

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Former eBay Motors PowerSeller and retired licensed Florida used car dealer with over 40 years experience in the business blogs about eBay. He shares helpful advice for motor vehicle buyers and sellers. Have questions or need help? Ask Doc!

One comment

  • Maybe try again with an Ebay supervisor.I have had a few car deals go bad since 2000,and Ebay always removed the non paying bidders comments,as it was an incomplete transaction.I was told that a bidder cant have a comment stay posted if they dont pay,and after they receive a unpaid item strike on their record…Good luck!

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