Earlier this month I was looking for ways to spend my credits. I thought I was looking at free shipping items only and bid on 20 French vanilla tealight candles. Since no one else had bid, I placed my bid for the minimum 100 credits. Then I read the description.
NEVER BID WITHOUT READING THE WHOLE DESCRIPTION.
Most of you are already smart enough to do that first. The seller was wanting $6.50 shipping. Normally I'd just pay the shipping and hope I'd learned my lesson, but paying twice what the candles were worth in shipping didn't appeal to me.
I looked at Listia FAQ which said that they don't delete bids, but if it is the only bid it might be taken into consideration. So I emailed the seller:
"I just bid on your French Vanilla auction. I thought I was in the free shipping grouping and didn't realize your auction didn't include shipping. I do not with (this was supposed to be wish) to bid on anything that requires a shipping cost. Do you know how I can withdraw my bid."
Of course, I was the only bidder and won. I responded to the seller with the reminder that I had wanted to delete my bid and didn't wish to pay the shipping costs. She responded directly to my email address with:
"...The shipping costs is stated in the ad. I am in the process of editing all my ads since Listia made the new change over but it was posted. You can retract/withdraw a bid once it has been placed. Listia does allow that like ebay does, you'll loose (sic) your credits, but I don't mind letting you out of the deal if you don't want to pay the s&h."
Tonight I logged in to find a negative feedback as non-paying bidder. Ouch. I knew that it could be done, but how is taking my credits and giving me a negative feedback "letting me out of the deal" in anybody's mind?
Hopefully I've learned my lesson and won't do this again. I was just wondering if any of you had tried to delete a bid?