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How to make an eBay auction for one specific person and keep others from bidding?

I’m trying to sell an item to a person, but we want to do it on eBay for protection and I need help on how to make the auction ‘invisible’ to other people.

How would one go about in doing this?

That isn’t an auction, it’s called "selling someone something".

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  1. Artemisc
    October 4th, 2012 at 01:15 | #1

    That isn’t an auction, it’s called "selling someone something".
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  2. Danny
    October 4th, 2012 at 01:35 | #2

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  3. tinow
    October 4th, 2012 at 01:48 | #3

    you cant, you can do a buy it now, tell the guy who wants it and hope for the best. you can revoke the item if another person buys it but you cannot make an item invisible
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  4. Uncle Pennybags
    October 4th, 2012 at 02:21 | #4

    I don’t think that’s possible. It would defeat the whole premise of what eBay is and does.

    If your buyer wants eBay protection, tell him to bid the amount agreed to and set you reserve price similarly. If no one outbid him, the merchandise is his. If he’s outbid, well it’s his own damn fault.
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  5. Mimzy
    October 4th, 2012 at 03:07 | #5

    As your the seller you can place the item on sale and tell the purchaser the exact time and make it a buy it now option. Its possible that someone could still bid on it, but maybe you could do it when your both in the same place. Putting it up for auction and selling it instantly.

    Good Luck!
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  6. Jana
    October 4th, 2012 at 03:24 | #6

    You could put a Buy it Now price on it. I assume you have a price in mind. But someone could come and buy it first.

    You could do an auction with your agreed upon price and then end the auction early. Select the option to sell to the bidder at the last auction price. That’s probably your best bet.
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  7. Daniel
    October 4th, 2012 at 04:07 | #7

    pay alot
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  8. loves christmas lights
    October 4th, 2012 at 04:28 | #8

    Both of you must have valid Pay Pal accounts*you both must have valid bank accounts, and get the accounts activated completely before any transactions take place. You as the seller need to see how long after they pay it takes to "actually" get your hands on the cash, and the amount of fees and how the fee structure is set up, as well as set up the Ebay account for a seller.
    Make sure you sell with delivery confirmation, so you can track, that the post man delieverd it, thats like .75 cents, but you must use a certain type of shipping, call the post office to ask. But do the delievery confirmation, many people claim they didnt recieve the item, adn your both protected this way, you that you actually sent it, and them that they got it.
    List the ad in the weird section they have, look at the homepage and scroll down the list of catagories to the see all catagories and pick one of the weird sections.
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  9. sbinlb
    October 4th, 2012 at 04:59 | #9

    just use palpal for the money transfer and the seller gets all the protection, he needs.
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  10. md\\
    October 4th, 2012 at 05:48 | #10

    Try using the company Etsy.com
    It is much like Ebay but there is a feature called Alchemy where you can request a custom item. That would work…

    I sell on it and love it….
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  11. LOTR-FAN
    October 4th, 2012 at 06:33 | #11

    jana is correct. that’s what to do

    and inform your Buyer when you will list it
    Totally legit to do it this way with ebay and you will both have protection (so long as you send recorded/special delivery-as with all transaction that need protection)
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  12. Harbinger
    October 4th, 2012 at 06:44 | #12

    So you don’t want to get a higher price for the item if someone else is willing to pay more? If you try ending the auction just after that person bids, you’d better hope that the transaction goes smoothly as if your buyer has an issue then eBay is not so green at the auction business that they won’t realize what you’ve done. That person could end your eBay business if they are not satisfied and complain.
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