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Ebay Second Chance Offer

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by uk_snake, 4 Feb 2006.

  1. uk_snake

    Associate

    Joined: 30 Oct 2005

    Posts: 12

    Hi i made a bid on this item http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6480877062&rd=1&sspagename=STRK:MEDW:IT&rd=1

    I have just revised an email saying

    Good news! The following eBay item on which you placed a bid for £221.00 on 04-Feb-06 15:30:17 GMT is now available for purchase:

    Second Chance Offer
    The seller, stevenm4718 is making this Second Chance Offer because the high bidder was either unable to complete the transaction or the seller has a duplicate item for sale.

    The selling of this item through Second Chance Offer is in compliance with eBay policy; you will be able to exchange feedback with the seller and will be eligible for all eBay services associated with a transaction, such as fraud protection.

    Is he trying to scam me or is it a genuine offer.
     
  2. Aod

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 7 Oct 2004

    Posts: 8,675

    Location: London

    post the headers of the email and a screeny of it.

    it is possible that this isn't a scam, seeing as the High-bidder looks like one of those scammer-accounts.

    tried emailing the seller about it?
     
  3. cheets64

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 30 Sep 2005

    Posts: 25,895

    Location: Wigan

    I stay well clear of Second Chance offers, scammers like use it but also genuine folk.

    Scammers like to whack up the price then offer it to for your max bid.
     
  4. fatiain

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 Oct 2004

    Posts: 7,655

    Location: Pratislava, Berk-shire

    Did it start "Dear Ebay user" or "Dear your name"?

    If 1 then it's a fake.
     
  5. Unconditional

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 19 Dec 2005

    Posts: 475

    Checkyour ebay account, if its a genuine offer then you'll see it somewhere in your status.
     
  6. [OZ]

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Nov 2003

    Posts: 1,123

    Location: SCOTLAND

    The winning bidder only joined ebay today. :(
     
  7. uk_snake

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    Joined: 30 Oct 2005

    Posts: 12

    eBay sent this message to Raymond Eales (raymond7461).
    Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay. Learn more.
    Second Chance Offer - Buy The Item You Recently Bid On eBay

    eBay sent this message on behalf of an eBay member via My Messages. Responses sent using email will go to the eBay member directly and will include your email address. Use the Buy It Now button below to buy this item.


    Second Chance Offer from stevenm4718
    Item: The Sony Ericsson W900i (9100476502)
    This message was sent after the listing closed.
    stevenm4718 is the seller.
    Good news! The following eBay item on which you placed a bid for £221.00 on 04-Feb-06 15:30:17 GMT is now available for purchase:
    The Sony Ericsson W900i (9100476502)
    The Sony Ericsson W900i
    Your Price : £221.00
    Offer end date : 05-Feb-06 16:10:02 GMT
    Second Chance Offer
    The seller, stevenm4718 is making this Second Chance Offer because the high bidder was either unable to complete the transaction or the seller has a duplicate item for sale.

    The selling of this item through Second Chance Offer is in compliance with eBay policy; you will be able to exchange feedback with the seller and will be eligible for all eBay services associated with a transaction, such as fraud protection.
    Act Now - This Offer Ends Soon
    To take advantage of this opportunity, please act quickly. This offer ends on 05-Feb-06 16:10:02 GMT.

    It says that ebay send this message.
    Now going to e-mail him to see what he says.
     
  8. DiG

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 16 Mar 2004

    Posts: 2,231

    Log into your account and findout, ask the seller why the first buyer dropped out, use your head and you will be fine :)
     
  9. [OZ]

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Nov 2003

    Posts: 1,123

    Location: SCOTLAND

    Looks like you were the third highest bidder.
     
  10. Gatsby

    Hitman

    Joined: 28 Nov 2004

    Posts: 951

    I've used the second chance offer a couple of times when the highest bidder was a new account created that day and asked for the item to be delivered to Nigeria (despite the auction clearly stating UK delivery only).
     
  11. DiG

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 16 Mar 2004

    Posts: 2,231

    Grab a bargin, take the normal precautions and you will be covered if it goes wrong, I don't know why people are so scared of scammers, there idiots most of the time
     
  12. Phil99

    Capodecina

    Joined: 29 Oct 2004

    Posts: 10,900

    The Seller has Private feedback, possibly suggesting he's bought alot of low value items and wanted to cover it up perhaps?

    Personally unless it's the deal of the century and you're fully covered by PayPal I'd decline the offer.
     
  13. singist

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,446

    Location: Student Hell Headingley

    While your'e in the checking mood you could have a look at the FAQs regarding eBay stuff.
    They do run their own forums and help section you know.
     
  14. GSDog

    Soldato

    Joined: 12 Jun 2004

    Posts: 5,463

    Location: Surrey

    Ask the seller to put it back on ebay as a 'buy it now' so you can buy it, but still be covered with ebay.
     
  15. Nismo

    Capodecina

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,549

    Location: UK

    Exact same thing happened to me a few weeks ago, I just gave the next highest bidder 3 days to see if they still wanted the phone, which they did.
     
  16. Mattus

    Capodecina

    Joined: 30 Sep 2003

    Posts: 10,916

    Location: London

    Second Chance Offers are covered by eBay.

    Don't click any links in the email - go to the website directly. If your 'My eBay' page shows the second chance offer, I can't see any reason not to accept it.