So, we sold our little Sony Picturebook on eBay last night. Got a pretty decent price for it, and I thought all was well.
And then I wake up to this in my inbox:
hello Julie i was the winner of this item. I wanted to pay you the fee, for you to relist this item again. The reason was that i put a bid in another laptop and also i win. if is ok with you i can send it by paypal so you can relisted just let me know what is the cost.
NO, MORON. IT IS NOT OKAY. What part of "Your bid is a binding contract" don't you understand? eBay cautions you over and over against bidding on more than one of the same thing at a time for just this reason. Not only that, but you bid in the final minute of the auction! Snipers are supposed to be smarter than this!
Do you have any idea the hassle this is going to cause me? Not only do I have to deal with eBay's and Paypal's fees, but I either have to relist it or mess with a second-chance offer--and I'm going on vacation next week. Not only that, but I have to find a diplomatic way of saying "Suck it up, you won, you pay," which may be even more of a hassle for me but might save some poor other seller some grief down the road.
X-posted to ebay_stupid.