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Chapter 16. Dealing with Problems > Dealing with Deadbeat Bidders

Dealing with Deadbeat Bidders

To an eBay seller, the worst thing in the world is a high bidder who disappears from the face of the earth—a deadbeat bidder who bids but never pays. If this happens to you, you're stuck holding the now-unsold merchandise. (Which is also the good news—you might not have gotten paid, but at least you still have the merchandise to re-sell in another auction.)

If you find yourself a victim of a deadbeat bidder, you can report the bum to eBay, ask for a refund of your final value fee, and maybe offer the item in question to other (unsuccessful) bidders. But you have to initiate all of these activities yourself—eBay doesn't know that you've been shafted until you tell them. You'll want to follow the procedure outlined in the following checklist:


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