Jawjagrrl Posted May 14, 2022 Share Posted May 14, 2022 (edited) I won an auction yesterday for fish I had been wanting a long time! The seller had 3 auctions of these juvenile fish this week that went for much more - $17 and $37 per fish. My auction closed with a winning price just under $10, so I was thrilled! This morning I find my order cancelled and refunded and a curious message from the seller, claiming that as they "were preparing to ship my fish this morning(!) they noticed a few swimming sideways in the tank" and to be cautious wouldn't risk shipping and having issues. This normally would be the forthright thing to do, except: - another auction for more of the same fish is still running, closing in several days from now. - they were going to ship live fish halfway across the US... on a Saturday. For $25. - the language of the message was very vague about more coming up next month - are they expecting me to bid again (and likely pay more) or are they going to honor the auction price, which did meet the reserve? I did write back to say that I would be happy to wait a couple of weeks or accept a prorated lesser number of fish in order to complete the auction as executed, only to receive a vague "don't worry, there will be plenty more in 4 weeks". My spidey sense tells me this auction was cancelled because they didn't get the price they wanted. Am I just being a cynical GenXer? The only other time I have tried to get something through a fish auction recently, I got nothing and the seller was suspended, so I am admittedly frustrated (for people that follow my sidebyside journal - these were my spouse's "fun" fish). Which is why I am risking posting and hoping this breeder isn't also here. They have good reviews and gorgeous fish, so if I'm in the wrong here, I'd hate to burn a bridge. I can get the same fish elsewhere for a bit less, but not the same quality. I have no issues paying good $$ for good fish at all - but I also believe in the honor of a fair deal and the auction was fairly executed. Thanks for any advice.... Edited May 14, 2022 by Jawjagrrl 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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