Update: The original buyer decided to jump in at the last moment and complete the transaction. Yay I sold the things, but boo I had to tell the two other “Second Chance” winners that the deadbeat decided to make good all without a single written word to me. Lesson learned, if you buy on eBay, you have four full days to pay and you don’t have to communicate with the seller at all.
So my auctions went really well, everything sold, some better than I hoped others not as well; all pretty typical. I have used eBay for many years, a member since ’99 I have seen a few transactions go bad for various reasons. Well, this one has been unique.
A single buyer won the majority of the silver dollars. All my other winners paid quickly, within a day of the auction ending. One was a little slow, but I had some communications with them so all was good. But after two days and two tries, I was getting nothing from the big winner. I was very polite and told them if I heard nothing by noon the next day, I would just assume they were forfeiting. I go in and try to “report a problem” but eBay locks that out for four whole days. It says “work it out with the buyer” which is difficult when they are unresponsive.
I see it is possible to make a “Second Chance Offer” to other bidders, so I do and even have a buyer contact me and made payment. It was not until it was all done that you find out it creates a new transaction entirely so you have to cancel the original auction which requires the original buyer to ok or reject it. It has been a while since I was on eBay last, but they have clearly made it much more difficult to sell there. This one transaction has been such a headache in an otherwise great moment of clearing out stuff I don’t want for stuff I do. Now I am not sure how I want to handle my MTG cards since eBay seems to be more trouble than it is worth.