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who the he!! does ebay think they are telling someone that they “can’t” do a transaction outside ebay?? i would think if someone wants to take the risk and do a transaction outside ebay, then that’s their business, ebay only wants their hands in the cookie jar…i can’t say i personally would do a transaction outside ebay with the afore-mentioned circumstances, but if i wanted to, i really don’t think they could stop me!
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I agree, Kelly! You know I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I do this all the time as a buyer. For instance, I have bought many items from sellers because of another item they had listed and either I didn’t want the particular color or maybe I didn’t place a bid in time and I’ve only had one or two sellers put it through eBay. I’ve done this with mohair, too!
I was under the impression that as long as you’re not buying the item that is being auctioned off, you could buy something else from the seller and just go through eBay. Now I feel like a crook! HELP!
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**UPDATE: I just spoke to eBay (Michelle in Seller Dept.) If a buyer wants you to make them a reborn (AND they have NOT bid on your current auction, i.e. no second chance offer) it is NOT mandatory that you go through eBay. You need to communicate directly with them thru e-mail (not eBay messages) but the protection of BOTH buyer and seller doesn’t apply (as someone mentioned before).
My buyer of the custom siggy baby had not bid on my auction. Michelle guaranteed me that I would not be dropped from eBay for doing this!**
Thats awesome info Eileen, thanks for sharing!!
That sheds a whole new light on custom orders…guess we had more options than we thought!