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Ebay- Do not buy from ProBike Outlet!!

Old 10-28-06, 05:07 PM
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Ebay- Do not buy from ProBike Outlet!!

I bid on an item but when it was obvious that the seller would not get a god price he cancelled the auction. Buyer Beware!!
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Old 10-28-06, 05:44 PM
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Can you fill us in with a bit more information? I assume that ProBike were selling on Ebay and cancelled the auction.

While on one hand you missed out on the item, you hadn't actually paid anything so you didn't lose anything did you?

Why should this stop us bidding on their items? They didn't take your money.
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Old 10-28-06, 09:45 PM
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Don't you understand that we have a god given right to get someone's property for a fraction of what it is worth... Unless of course we are selling, then we have the god given right to get at least full retail.

To the OP... Please spend your time reporting this to eBay instead of Bikeforums... We can't enforce eBay policies (if any were broken), but they can. If you are sure this is against eBay policy then I am sure they will take the appropriate action if you inform them. If it is not against policy, then learn to deal with it.
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Old 10-28-06, 10:29 PM
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In ebay can't you just cancel an item up for bid if you sell it to someone else not using ebay? Isn't that what it means when the auction is ended early with the reason being "item is no longer for sell"?
How do you know that his neighbor, the local LBS, someone on craigslist, the milkboy, etc didn't offer him more for it than was being bidded?
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Old 10-29-06, 07:36 AM
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I just bought a bike from eBay with just under 30+ rating. I wan't that worried because it was a local (sort-of) bike shop. They had two bikes and one was taken off of ebay. I was talking to the owner when picking up my bike and said that somebody just came into the store and paid flat out. He had to end it because the guy offered a reasonable amount for it.
That could have been the case with that guy.
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Don't you understand that we have a god given right to get someone's property for a fraction of what it is worth... Unless of course we are selling, then we have the god given right to get at least full retail.
Maybe you should look up the legal definition of a contract.
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Old 10-29-06, 09:40 AM
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Some auctions state that the seller has the right to cancel the auction if they sell the item in their store, and it's no longer available.
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Old 10-31-06, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by operator
Maybe you should look up the legal definition of a contract.
There was no contract if the item was taken off sale before the auction ended.
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Originally Posted by waytoomanybikes
There was no contract if the item was taken off sale before the auction ended.
Absolutely, a contract at its basic level consists of an offer and an acceptance. Until complete agreement on the terms is negotiated (on eBay this relates to an auction won) there is no contract.

The sellers who claim in their text that a bid is a contract are full of hot air... Now, if the terms of the auction are clearly stated that the highest bid is automatically accepted and the seller waives the right to stop the auction, then there may be an implied contract... but since it is known that sellers can stop auctions, I don't believe this is the case.

For a brick and mortar example, stores don't have to sell at the price published in an ad, especially if it was an obvious mistake. If they make a habit of using "mistakes" to lure in customers under false pretenses, then other laws may come into play, but it is not a breach of contract.

I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on tv, nor did I stay at a particular hotel brand last night...
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