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    Need some ebay advice

    Is it OK, meaning "legal" and ethical, to email a seller on ebay and ask if they'd take a price for something that has no bids, but hasn't closed yet? Obviously, in exchange for accepting the price offered, they'd remove the item from bidding. I mean, I'd like to buy an item which has 4 days left to run, but hasn't recieved any bids. I'd like to email the guy and make him an offer to buy right now, but I don't want to violate any rules.

    Now, if its the consensus of this group that even suggesting such a thing creates a major ethical or moral dilemma, then consider the subject dropped.
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    I do it all the time even when it has had a number of bids.. :P they nearly always refuse, but the funny thing is that the item then sells fro less then what I offered the guy.. :P and I didn't even bother biding on it.. :P lol
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    Illegal by ebay's standards. But it does happen.
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    i believe the sellers can reserve the right to close an auction for any number of reasons. sometimes, they will close it early to foil the lurkers who wait till the last moments of the auction. some people close auction early because they sell the item locally.

    try giving him/her an email and if it isnt a popular item, then they might be interested in selling it. keep in mind though, that if you sell it behind ebay's back, then you are not covered by any of ebay's protections, although they are kind of pointless...

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    I actually just bought a laptop in a similar fashion. The reserve was not met on an auction and before it had closed I emailed the seller and asked if we could work something out if the reserve wasn't met. I ended up getting over 100 off of the original reserve and an extra battery. Really a sweet deal.

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