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How long do you give a winning bidder on eBay to pay?

 
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Jun 22, 2014 07:37 |  #1

Coming up on a week with no communication.



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Jun 22, 2014 09:00 |  #2

Most of the stuff I've bought says in the listing, typically 4 days.




  
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Jun 22, 2014 09:13 |  #3

I rarely sell there, 10 days was my limit.




  
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Jun 22, 2014 09:13 |  #4

I often find it will go a week or so before payment, especially if you have other items for sale that they may be thinking of bidding on.

I take it that you sent an invoice straight after the auction? My next step after a week or so is to send a short message, direct to them, just querying their intentions, if they are waiting for another of my auctions to end, etc.

If I still haven't heard after another few days then I file a non-paying bidder report with ebay.

I have had quite a few take several days to contact me, then just pay up with no further prompting, even when I had no other auctions running that they might have been watching. Sometimes people have more important things in life to deal with than checking their ebay account to see if they won an auction. Some people bid for something knowing they will need to wait a few days until their salary arrives before they pay. Some tell you that, some don't bother, they just wait until they have the money then pay.




  
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Jun 22, 2014 11:50 |  #5

If no reply at all, I send a formal invoice or reminder message after three days. If still no contact, I notify eBay after one week. If eBay can't make contact, they will handle it as a non-paying bidder. If the person responds, but is just slow to pay then I believe you have to wait a little longer since it stretches things out.




  
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Jun 23, 2014 01:49 |  #6

I mention 3 days in my listings. If I haven't heard anything by the end of those 3 days, I'll send an invoice/message, then give them another 2 or 3 days to respond to that. All in all, it's around 5 or 6 days total.


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Jun 23, 2014 08:29 |  #7

You weren't by chance selling a 5D Mark III USB stick were you? :P

In all honesty, I say in my listing buyers have 3 days to pay (excluding holidays), then I relist the item and file a non-paying bidder.


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Jun 23, 2014 08:40 |  #8

Mistabernie wrote in post #16989126 (external link)
You weren't by chance selling a 5D Mark III USB stick were you? :P

In all honesty, I say in my listing buyers have 3 days to pay (excluding holidays), then I relist the item and file a non-paying bidder.

Ha.

Seriously though, I never heard back from the winning bidder. Relisted the item.



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Jun 23, 2014 09:53 |  #9

I say 3 days at most. After that, I submit a non-paying bidder with eBay. There is no reason why they can't pay within 3 days. If they can place a bid, they can pay.


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Jun 23, 2014 09:57 |  #10

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I say 3 days at most. After that, I submit a non-paying bidder with eBay. There is no reason why they can't pay within 3 days. If they can place a bid, they can pay.

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Jun 23, 2014 09:58 |  #11

I appreciate that many sellers have a written deadline within the listing, however, is there not a rule that ebay specifies? I thought there was and that it was much longer than 3 days.
I believe that it would superseded anything the seller puts in the listing, and that if you cancel and re-list prior to eBays terms, you run the risk of bad feedback etc..

Maybe I'm wrong.


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Jun 23, 2014 10:05 |  #12

I'm wrong, Ebay says it's okay to open an "I haven't received my payment yet" after just two days. You can open a case as late as 32 days after auction end.

Pretty wide margin, and two days is really fast IMHO. I think this may have changed from 10 days, but that may have been some years ago. times certainly have changed. :)


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Jun 23, 2014 11:47 |  #13

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #16989350 (external link)
I'm wrong, Ebay says it's okay to open an "I haven't received my payment yet" after just two days. You can open a case as late as 32 days after auction end.

Pretty wide margin, and two days is really fast IMHO. I think this may have changed from 10 days, but that may have been some years ago. times certainly have changed. :)

I don't understand why you would consider two days "really fast". If it's an auction, as soon as the person places a bid, they have an obligation they should be prepared to meet if they win. And it only takes about 4 mouse clicks plus one sign-in to make a payment. If it's a fixed price listing, when they click 'Buy", they've bought it. It's not like putting it in a shopping cart to make up your mind later.

The longer payment period was useful back when people could send a payment by mail. That's no longer allowed (though it's impossible to enforce).




  
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Jun 23, 2014 11:57 as a reply to  @ moose10101's post |  #14

I usually pay right after winning a bid


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Jun 23, 2014 12:08 |  #15

moose10101 wrote in post #16989587 (external link)
I don't understand why you would consider two days "really fast". ..

Well, as I said, times have changed.

I was buying and selling on Ebay (and other auction sites,. back when there were many!) a good deal before it was the domain of such professional sellers as we have now, before access to the internet and email etc. was so perpetual, in a time when "getting online" meant having a moment to sit in front of a home PC and fire up the modem :)

I tend to be the type that would check the auction the day it ended and pay, but if it ended during work, or over a weekend that I was away, well, then payment would wait.

I'm not saying it's inappropriate that it's fast now, but just that there was a time that 2 days would have been harder to accomplish.

Now I get the notification, and can make the payment any time I'm awake via my phone. This just did not used to the the case.


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