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…