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A little diplomacy will help keep out deadbeats and still allow healthy bidding on your auction.
Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
One of the most frustrating aspects of selling on eBay is dealing with winning bidders who don’t pay. Not only are nonpaying bidders a waste of the seller’s time and money, they end up ruining honest bidders’ chances of winning the auction.
You can always tell a seller has been recently burned by a deadbeat from the harsh warnings in their auction descriptions:“Don’t bid if you don’t intend to pay!”“Serious bidders only.”“If you have zero feedback, email before bidding or your bid will be canceled!”“A nonpaying bidder will receive negative feedback, lots of threatening email, and a note to your mother.”
The problem with all of these is that they typically do more harm than good. For example, you should never t…
“His check bounced …! What can or should I as an auctioneer do?” To answer that, we need to know one critical piece of information: Is this theft or is this an unpaid? In other words, who is in possession and control of the subject property?If this buyer’s check bounced and the buyer has possession and control of the property — this is likely theft — a criminal matter.If this buyer’s check bounced and you or your seller has possession and control of the property — this is likely an unpaid — a civil matter between the seller and the buyer.
Of course, we’ve talked above about a “bad check” and passing a bad check is a criminal act in most — if not all — of the United States; that is, if the check writer knowingly wrote the bad check, wrote a big bad check or repeatedly writes bad checks. Typically, one or two unintentional bad checks won’t result in criminal charges.
However, our point of this writ…