I am wanting to "Buy It Now" on an Ebay Motors item costing $19.99 with Free shipping. When I tried to do so, a message was displayed that said the seller wasn't accepting bids or offers from me at the present. I have never bought from this seller and don't know him, so there's no way I could have alienated him. Is anyone willing to help me try to buy this item? Then I'd pay you back and you could ship it (a paper catalog) to me.
Why not contact the seller and see what is wrong first?
Chris' suggestion to contact the seller is probably the best choice. But if you want me to purchase it and you pay me back, that might work also. Or I may receive the same message -- "seller not accepting bids ...." who knows.
If you want me to try that – please drop me an e-mail with the item number and name so I can be sure I purchase the correct item. You can click on my name and it brings up my user profile and my e-mail address is the third line down.
Hap l9l5 cut off
Terry what is your feedback number?
When listing items on eBay, the seller selects "buyer requirements." Your bid was most likely blocked because you did not meet the seller's criteria.
Read on for more info:
Robert, My feedback number is 988 with a purple star.
So what is the item? It could be that it's one of the items that ebay puts on as a test, sorta like a secret shopper type deal.
Just tried to contact seller, and got message, "Seller is not able to respond to questions from you", Huh!
For whatever reason, you have been blocked by the seller.
I should have know this was going to happen, but what makes it worse was it was someone who reads this Forum. They said they would be glad to purchase the item for me if I would send them $25.00 ($5.00 more than the asking price) by PayPal to them and then they would buy it for me. $5.00 handling charges maybe?
So Terry, someone offers you buy it for you, it is sent to their house as they bought it. They now have to relabel it, drive it to the post office and buy postage, that's not worth $5.01?
Mark, I maybe figured incorrectly, but I figured the person buying the paper catalog could just write "Recipient Moved, Forward To (my address) and wouldn't have to pay any extra postage. If that is not possible, I'll be glad to pay the postage from the buyer to me. I just didn't like the way he worded it. As for going out of one's way to go to a post office; not everyone lives in the country. I live in a subdivision with a 'community mailbox' with an Outgoing Mail Slot, just two houses down from me. If someone asked me to do this for them, it certainly wouldn't put me out.
For me the $5.00 would likely be a losing deal but I would do it. The actual cost would look like:
Paypal charge for $25 = $1.03
Mailing cost for estimated 6 oz = $2.68
Drive to PO, 14 miles @ about #0.30/mile = $4.20
Labor 1/2 Hr @ 0 = $0
Total out of pocket cost = $7.91
And that does not include the risk taken, what happens if the PO loses it??
Jim, I didn't think about PayPal charges, but as I said, if it can't just be forwarded at the USPS' expense (and yes, I know they're losing money, "hand over foot", I'll be glad to pay any charges related to PayPal and shipping. Once again, if you aren't in a position to just walk a house or two to a mailbox, I don't expect anyone to hurt themselves doing me a favor. If that's the case, I'm sure others like Hap will step up. It would be ridiculous for me to ask someone who has to drive any distance to a post office to use their car and gas to do something that someone else could just walk to do. As for the risk of losing it in the mail, I have only lost one item due to the USPS in the last five years or more, and I'll take that chance, myself.
It's not complicated.
The winning bidder can provide an alternate shipping address when they make the payment.
I've done it in the past when I've purchased items on behalf of my father and then instructed the seller to ship it to his address.
Good point, Erik. I thought of that, but figured at the worst, if this seller really had a strong reason not to sell to me, that he might refuse to ship to me, even if someone else did the 'buy it now'. As I said, I have never had any dealings with this bidder and don't know what the problem is. He may be a dead beat or a scam artist.
Hap, email me before you bid, please.
Ebay 'buy it now' is taken care of, but not with the seller who wouldn't communicate with me, so I guess we'll never know what his 'problem' was. To clarify, I got what I wanted from another seller.
I could be wrong but this might be a case where the seller listed something then went out of town or for some reason was unable to complete a sale at the time listed and was unable to sell or ship to anyone, not just you.
It could be, Howard, but if so, he sure doesn't care about selling. Not too much market for old Model T parts catalogs, especially from businesses that are long ago out of business. The only reason why I wanted the catalog is I worked there at the time and my photo was pictured with the other employees. As it turned out, I got two different year catalogs from another seller for $5.00 less than the deadbeat seller wanted for one catalog.