I have been interested in buying an item that was advertised on this
newsgroup recently. In the ad, the seller said "best offer" as the
selling price. When I emailed to make an offer, the seller said that
my offer (at the time) was the highest so far, but if I send him a
certified check right away and he gets my check first, he'll sell the
item to me even if he gets subsequent higher offers. I responded that
I'd prefer to have him wait for a reasonable time in case of other
offers, then if mine is the highest, to ship it to me COD. I got
no response to this message. I waited a while longer, then sent
him another message to ask if my offer was still the highest. He
said he had had a higher offer in the interim (and mentioned the amount
of the other offer to me), but had not received any money, and repeated
that whoever gets the money to him first will be the person that he sells
it to. I am somewhat uneasy about dealing with someone who seems to
try to be enticing more than one potential buyer into sending money
(at least when the amount is over $100).
Am I being overly sensitive?
Has anyone else in this group dealt on such a basis?
Is there any reason that a seller would not want to send something COD?
I have intentionally not mentioned this person's name or the item
they are selling in case I am wrong about this.