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Sep 8, 2020 - 1:21:55 PM
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1089 posts since 1/15/2009

eBay questions: There is an instrument currently listed on eBay that I want. The Buy Now / Best Offer listing ends Friday. How long do those listings remain active? I can’t find a listing date anywhere, but I did see that it was last modified in November last year (Title change).

Last week I emailed through eBay the seller (1500+ positives/no negatives) asking questions with no response. Later in the week, I made through Best Offer a low, but reasonable offer. No response. The seller has no other current listings and no feedback in the last 30 days.

I’m willing to pay the Buy Now price, but it looks like I see lots of red flags. If I do submit a Buy Now request through eBay and PayPal and it is a scam, Am I protected?

Sep 8, 2020 - 1:46:07 PM



3173 posts since 2/20/2016

The seller might not have replied for a number of reasons.
He could be out of town, sick, have a computer problem, or be otherwise distracted in a dozen other ways, or not be interested in your offer.

You also might want to check your spam folder.

Paypal offers certain protections. Others can explain how they work.
If you feel nervous about a potential purchase, you can always drop it and look for something else.

Edited by - rcc56 on 09/08/2020 13:47:14

Sep 8, 2020 - 2:15:33 PM
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7737 posts since 8/28/2013

Is there any information about returns? Some sellers will accept them others do not, some will offer partial refunds, uisually not returning shipping costs (which in the case of banjos can be pretty high). If they don't accept returns, you are out of luick.

If I were looking at a listing and saw any red flags, I wouldn't bid, and I do see a red flag when a listing has been around long enough to have been modified last year. A decently priced instrument simply would have been bought by now.

Sep 8, 2020 - 2:48:07 PM



210 posts since 2/4/2011

Offers made through Ebay's system used to expire after 24 hours so the seller didn't have to respond to an offer if he didn't want to. You can look at the listing and see if that is the case (by looking at the offers).

If you use Buy It Now with Paypal and don't get the item you paid for, you should be protected. But expect it to take some time.

Good luck.

Sep 9, 2020 - 7:18:49 AM
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1089 posts since 1/15/2009

Thanks all for your input.

It occurred to me, if I use the 'best offer' choice to offer the 'buy it now' price, the seller would have to respond to finalize the order as opposed to the' buy now' option which automatically rolls over to a pay now screen with no seller interaction.

I don't know if that's what I'm going to do or not, but it did seem to me to be a possible safe guard.

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