While I was on vacation this past week, a nice seller listed eight (eight!) extremely rare R141 Solders of the World types. I couldn't wait to come home and bid on them all, with the hopes of winning at least one for my collection.
Except I just logged in to bid and discovered that all eight (eight!) auctions have been ended by the seller because they've been "sold" before the auctions ended.
I sincerely hope eBay bans this seller for life.
They'll probably give the seller an eBay Bucks bonus and 900 free listings instead.
It has happened to me several times. It seems to be the norm on ebay, when
something really good goes up for auction, some buyer contacts the seller
and convinces them to sell it to them.
When I was selling on ebay I was contacted several times and asked to end
the auction early and sell it to them. I always refused. In one of my auction
the item actually sold for less than I was offered to end the auction early,
but I still think I did the right thing.