Recently, I lost at an auction to obtain a collection of more than 80 episodes of an old TV show.
This morning, an e-mail was sent to me from eBay informing me that I have been given a Second Chance Offer, and that I still had a chance to get the tapes.
Apparently, the Second Chance Offer occurs under two circumstances: either the winning bidder failed to complete the purchase, or if the seller has duplicate items to unload. Given the sheer number of episodes, the possibility of duplicate items seems unlikely.
The part that bothers me about the first possibility is that the e-mail was sent approximately five hours after the auction ended. That doesn’t sound like much time to me, and something doesn’t feel right.
My questions are:
Have any other Dopers ever received a Second Chance Offer from eBay like this? If so, did they come so quickly after the auction was concluded?
What are your opinions about the timing of the Second Chance Offer? The speed at which it was sent to me is the primary reason why I’m a little suspicious.