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Default Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

Well, I just had a buyer today pay 50 bucks with buy it now. Created acct today, 07-27 and purchased my item with a buy it now. I had turned on immediate payment required. So would a competitor actually risk losing 50 bucks to leave me a neg? Any experience on this? Let me put it his way, to pay 50 bucks for my item would be on the high end for this product.
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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

What makes you think this?

Expand on your thoughts.

Was your listing Best Offer or BIN?

For some people the item might be just what they wanted

Rather a multiple of variations feasible.

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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

competitor might do it if they thought they could get their money back through a case anyway.....or if 50 was worth it to mess with your rep...

you need to wait and see, it may just be a newly registered buyer...
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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

I have no idea if it is a competitor, but are you kidding? People kill people for less than $50....If a seller can gain some sort of advantage from buying your item for $50....that's nothing in the big scheme of life.
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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

Kind of a big jump to conclusion, but anything is possible. I've had this exact same thing happen in the past, and in the end it was a normal buying experience.
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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

It's hard to say, but usually if a new buyer with 0 feedback buys from you, then they may have googled the product and found your BIN. I personally sell low valued items 8-30 and get many 0 feedback buyers and have never had a negative or problem from 1000s of sales. My negatives are usually from people with 3-20 feedback who never even contacted me.

I think these 0 feedback buyers find the item through a search engine, sign up, buy it, done and don't leave you feedback or visit eBay again unless there's an issue, but never had any.
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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

Anything in this world is possible but I would worry more about the paranoia.
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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

@joesshooze, LOL, I know right? I am extremely paranoid about all this, but yea, I need to lighten up.

Thanks to the rest for your input. I think I am truly paranoid.
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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

A lot depends on the niche of the market...there are niches that are ultra crazy with neg. feedback...claims...f*ke attorney letters...even mail send to sellers directly...
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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

I think this crap all the time. It is paranoia. I have lots of buyers with 0 FB and new accounts. I am always thinking "this POS better try to burn me", and they never do (at least not that I recall). So I would just not worry about it.
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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

I've had lots of buyers with 0 feedback. Like others have said, my type of item was probably found through search engine and person just signed up to buy.

You're never going to know if it's a competitor for sure. Your best bet for fighting negative feedback?

Was the feedback suspicious? Did they leave the negative before even contacting you?

Have you had issues with a competitor? You can report the buyer to ebay as abusing the system and ebay can tell if accounts are connected.

When I had negative feedback in the past that I KNEW was a competitor, I left a response to the feedback saying "This is a competitor attempting to sabotage my account. Events never happened"

I know if I read that as a customer, then I would not take the feedback seriously. Especially if you have other positive feedback.
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Default Re: Would a competitor pay 50 bucks to give you a neg?

Communicate with the buyer to feel him/her out
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