[CR]Re: The ethics of ending auction sales early

(Example: Bike Shops:R.E.W. Reynolds)

Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 08:36:20 -0700
From: "mark assaf" <mark@sciencemonster.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: The ethics of ending auction sales early

I've already put my two cents in here on this subject - but I can't resist doing it again!

> "In general, I've never wanted to end > ebay auctions early since usually the > seller is always made worse off. "

I end auctions early for a variety of reasons, but they all add up to the same thing: because I got what I wanted out of it. When you end early for a fair price you don't EVER have to worry about buyers remorse, returns, complaints, bad feedback, or even Karma. The buyer loves you! I can even take my sweet time going to the post office!

I don't expect 200 dollars for my busted up 100 dollar bike, and I don't want to deal with the idiot who bids it up that high. And eBay is FULL of those idiots.

Simple as that.

> Some kind of underhanded dealing it looks like. > I can't think of a rational > reason why a seller would be advantaged > by ending an auction early. At > least not voluntarily. An auction is a > legal agreement to sell to the > highest bidder at the scheduled auction > close. This one smells funny.

Just becasue you cannot conceive of a reason, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Personally, I can't conceive of a reason why _anyone_ would listen to rap, go to a Jerry Lewis movie, watch TV or drive a car. But I am reasonably certain they are not being forced to.

I'm too lazy to look it up, but one of my old posts has the eBay rule that says it _is_ legal to end an auction early.

> Not trying to be argumentative, > but just how would ending a sale for less > money demonstrate one's superior scruples?

I don't like taking advantage of people, even on eBay. It may not be "demonstrative" of 'superior' scruples, but it lets me think I sleep better at night - and have the money in my pocket at the same time. THe same can be said for 99% of the collector-people I deal with, excluding the Flea Market, of course.


mark assaf
burlingame ca 94010