I found a hidden auction for two wooden Nutcrackers made by the Anri company that are very collectible (book value is about $350 a piece) and I see them sell regularly on Ebay for $200 a piece if listed properly.
The seller adds a note under his listing that there is a BIN for $175 for the pair but he doesn't revise his item for the BIN.
I email him within minutes of the BIN add on telling him I'll take the pair for $175 and if he could just edit the listing with a BIN, I'll hit the button.
He receives my email, tells me done deal, I hit the BIN and pay him immediately.
Today, he sends me an email along with a refund telling me that someone else offered to purchase from him for the BIN price before me and some nonsense about the paypal not coming through.
This just irritates me. To me it stinks of something that has happened before to me. Someone probably saw the auction after I won it, contacted the seller and told him he sold them too low and offered to pay more for it.
I have already responded to the seller that I did email him within minutes of him adding the BIN in the body of the listing telling him I wanted it and to please add the BIN, he emailed me back noting that he added the BIN feature, I hit the BIN and feel like I am the fair winner of the auction and hope he would reconsider.
I also feel like I have no recourse. This has happened to me a couple of times, once on a minty boxed T-1 Supes that I won for $125. I neg'd the seller and responded with a retalitory neg. I tried to have Ebay remove it but they just ignored it. If I neg. this seller, I'm sure he'll turn around and neg. me even though I've done nothing wrong in this transaction.
I am curious if Ebay has changed its policy regarding negative feedback. If I leave negative feedback for a seller for a failure to sell me an item that I won, can I prevent him from leaving retalitory feedback or is there some process in EBAY for buyers that is similar to the non-paying bidder process?