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    Yesterday I was skimming through the quilting section of E-Bay and saw a double wedding ring quilt up for auction. Well....the bid was $46.00 so I decided to bid $47.00 and see what happens. Well, I hit confirm and as I did I noticed that my maximum bid was $4,700.00 instead of $47.00. Needless to say, I won the auction but the winning bid was $70.00. That was a little more than I could pay but knowing the rules, I made the bid and have to live with it. I did e-mail the seller to see if she would take sympathy on me, but I guess the money talked louder than I did. Be careful when you bid that you don't get a twitch and bid too high!

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    Ouch.

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    Oh my, sorry that happened.

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    I did the same thing a while back, but the seller was more understanding & sold it to the prior bidder. I think they still got more than they would have if I had not done the typo error bid.

    I've also learned to look at what my highest bid will be after I have made my original bid.

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    well hopefully it looks better in person than in the picture and realize it is worth every penny

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I did the same thing a while back, but the seller was more understanding & sold it to the prior bidder. I think they still got more than they would have if I had not done the typo error bid.

    I think I would email the seller and explain the situation. Unless you want to pay the amount for the product you can refuse due to technical errors as your reason. They could either then sell to the previous high bidder or relist the product. It's worth a try to avoid paying more than you really wanted to spend.

    Pam M

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    I used to sell on ebay all the time and I had someone buy something from me who made the same mistake. I did take sympathy, I guess some people are nicer then others.

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    Talk to eBay about it. There should be a way out of this error, it's so obvious.

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    Wow, I'm so glad the auction stopped at $70. It could have been a lot worse.

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    oops...hopefully it will still be at least worth the $70 if not more once you get it home and see it in person

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    Sounds like something I would do.

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    Done that with a bill I paid online, owie! Hopefully all works out well for you!

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    The quilt is very pretty but has some issues on one ring. The seller says she is sending fabric to repair it so she can't be all bad!! I can't blame her anyway cause it was my dumb mistake!!

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    If you correct this mistake pronto, eBay WILL fix it. You can follow the steps to retract or correct your bid. Just has to be prompt. You would NOT be obligated to pay the $4,700. If it happened to me, I'd just contact eBay and the seller lickety-split and clear it up. Honestly, $70 sounds good for a nice DWR in good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maia B
    If you correct this mistake pronto, eBay WILL fix it. You can follow the steps to retract or correct your bid. Just has to be prompt. You would NOT be obligated to pay the $4,700. If it happened to me, I'd just contact eBay and the seller lickety-split and clear it up. Honestly, $70 sounds good for a nice DWR in good shape.
    I agree that the price sounds good, it was just more than I wanted to tell my DH about...lol. I notified the seller immediately but can't figure out how to notify E-Bay!

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    Some time ago I also made a huge bid which was a typo. There is a way to retract your bid, but you have to do it right away. I haven't been on the site for so long that I forget where the prompt button to retract is--but it's there.

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    OUCH ! I did not know it was "bidding" I thought it was voting.. Naive yes, I "won" 15 Fenton Glass Slippers. eventually I quit answering the door as the mail man rang the door bell. My husband and kids still kid me. Lots of glass slippers laid at my door step ! Hah !
    My goal was one or two. so embarrassing.

    you were lucky that the highest bid was only 70.00 !! OUCH

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    If your highest bid was $4700.00 why did she accept $70.00? Guess I don't understand how the bidding works...

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    That was my maximum bid. I was actually bidding $47.00. The max means that no matter how high the bid goes I will not go over $4,700. the high bid was $46.95 and I bid 47.00. The actual high bid was $69.99 so mine didn't count then, but the $4700 kept me in the running.

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    Double check every bid you type in before you hit the "Bid" button. Once done, it cannot be undone. You have to go through the Retract Bid process, and it is not really that easy.

    You're lucky this time.

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    For future reference, you may retract a bid if done within a certain timeframe.

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    Here's the thing - it depends on how ethical the Seller is.
    He doesn't HAVE to do anything.

    Kudos to you that you're standing up and admitting your mistake.

    However, if you showed me proof that your proxy was, in fact, $4,700 (remember, the seller never sees it), I would offer it first to the other bidder for $48. Because had your proxy been correct at $47, you would have immediately been outbid by HIS proxy which would have only upped the bid amount to $48.

    Or, if the Seller is less ethical, he could try to sell it to the next bidder, but that would be unfair, because the 2nd bidder's bid of $69.99 is ONLY a result of your incorrect bid.

    But, like other posters said above, it was your mistake, the "damage" isn't horrific, and the quilt has some value.

    Lucky for you the other bidder didn't have a crazy bid in there as well. That's what we call nuclear bidding - and sometimes ends in disaster for at least one of the bidders. :wink:

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    oops

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    I too have made an error in the past. Maybe we had the same buyer. Mine got a little mean spirited and very very defensive. I paid, but I also let Ebay know of the attitude issue. Just forwarded her nasties and my niceties...

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    Sorry about this Suzi! But I like that you're taking responsibility for your mistake. No whining or drama on your part. That's refreshing. We all make mistakes and sometimes we just have to take our lumps when we do. That's what you're doing, and trying to help us with a reminder to be a bit more careful. Good for you! :-D

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