eBay changes "Best Offer" terms to favor buyers

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  1. Gjwilly, Oct 3, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2013

    Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    eBay has changed the Best Offer rules so that they're no longer binding on the part of the buyer.
    Used to be that once the offer was made and accepted the buyer was committed and the sale was considered finalized.
    Now after the offer is made and accepted, the sale isn't final until the buyer actually pays. And if he doesn't there are no consequences.

    In the description for "Best Offer" sales they continue to describe it as being a binding agreement:


    But then when you dig in to the details you see that all "Best Offer" sales are now part of a new beta-program with the changes I described above.
    Sellers can not opt-out of this beta and the new rules have clearly not been promulgated.
    eBay says this benefits the seller because he can now accept multiple offers, including possible higher ones, but if it all comes down to a race over who pays first, how is this a benefit? Especially when there are no consequences for not paying.
    And if they still insist that its a benefit, why not make the changes clear and obvious?

    Seller beware.
  2. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    I stopped selling on ebay a while ago because of their buyer bias. Not worth the hassle.
  3. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    I'm not using it as much to sell, although I've not had a bad experience as a seller. As far as Best Offer, I don't have a problem with the new rules as long as there are time limits.
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    My last buyer got over my geo-restrictions by using a router, I said no to shipping to him for that reason. Otherwise I've had a decent experience at eBay as a seller too.

    There are too many buyers who don't understand that if you're going to make a deal, you do it then and there, and you pay then and there. Not two days later, not next week. I think that's all they're trying to do, make the whole process much quicker.
  5. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

    Dec 17, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think it's okay, only because the item can be bought by someone else until the buyer pays for the item. So it goes both ways.

    So it changes the dynamic of Best Offer- it's not absolutely better or worse, just different. You just have to adjust your decisions appropriately.

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