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    Freelance Web Designer KeithMcL's Avatar
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    Anyone ever had the highest bid on an item in their auctions?

    If you do, does anyone know if you have to complete the purchase?

    Today I became the highest bidder on an item and received an email from the person that placed the item for sale.
    Since then we've been emailing each other but his demeaner in the emails make me wonder if I should continue with the purchase.

    Any thought on this folks?

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    That's the risk with online auctions - I'd recommend asking for a phone conversation before continuing - that's a bit more likely to weed out a scam artist.

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    I've bought several item through Y!Auction, so far, still be okay!
    However, it's the best for you to ask all the question you could imagine, if the seller truely care about selling the item, he/she'd provide detailed info.
    If you could, phone conversation is great too.
    And their responding time is also a good indicator
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    And your not obligated to purchasing the item at all are you?

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    You ARE obgliged to purchase it. You signed a contract agreeing to purchase it. By refusing to purchase it you are breaking the law... unless you have reasonable suspicion that the auction should be invalid (fraud, etc). You were supposed to ask all the questions before hand, though.

    Usually if you don't pay you get a warning or suspension - not a big deal unless you have a rating of 200 and can't afford to loose it. You can write Yahoo if that happens and argue your case and often they'll listen.

    Owen

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    Use an escrow service to handle the transaction if you're apprehensive about just sending a check.

    Also I don't know about yahoo but ebay and amazon both have insurance policies where your purchase is insured xx amount. On Ebay I think its $150, Amazon is either $250 or $1000 depending on the auctioneer. So if you do lose your money you can get it back.

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    I haven't bought anything on an auction yet. This is really good information.

    I thought that the general rule for selling anything, online or not, is that if you make an offer that is accepted, you are obligated to complete the purchase.
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    if you get the high bid, you ar obligated to buy the item from him, or ou can get sued for fraud
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    The price of the item and the final price including shipping and insurance for shipping is far more than I agreed to (almost triple the price).

    I'll probably go ahead and purchase it, as I do need it but it's just the anwsers to some questions that I got from this person that makes me wonder how legitimate it is.

    Thanks for all the feedback folks

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    Just refuse if it is triple what is expected. There should be nothing more than what is stated on the auction webpage.

    Owen


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