Bromley girl's Valentine's Day eBay auction winner refuses to pay

News Shopper: Hope Anscomb is dateless this Valentine's Day Hope Anscomb is dateless this Valentine's Day

A BROMLEY girl who auctioned herself on eBay for charity this Valentine’s Day has seen the highest bidder refuse to pay.

Hope Anscomb, of Valley Road, said she messaged the winner after his £621 ended up in pole position for the February 14 date. But after numerous attempts to get in touch, she was met with no response.

The 24-year-old said the user, under the name of ‘motor-shares-ltd’, had won after another had retracted their £650 bid and so the slot went to the next in line.

But after the auction closed on Tuesday, days went by with no contact from her would-be romantic encounter and Miss Anscomb said she called for the website to help.

Miss Anscomb said she was told to raise an ‘unpaid item case’ and the bidder today sent an email saying he “didn’t want the date” and had no intention of paying up.

Miss Anscomb said: “Obviously it was a really fun thing to do – everyone was really excited to find out who it was and now it’s turned into debt recovery.

“It’s not really in the spirit of charity or Valentine’s Day. Hopefully they’ll have a conscience and pay.”

She said the most important thing is securing the money for The Autism Trust, an organisation she’s been fundraising for since September and could now lose out on “vital funds”.

But she admitted her Valentine’s Day has been spoilt too: “I’m dateless – after all that it’s not got a happy ending.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do – I might go to my friend’s birthday, if not I’ll be in front of the TV eating ice cream, Bridget Jones-style.”

Now, Miss Anscomb said she’ll give the drop-out until the end of the day to do the right thing – adding she’ll do all she can to see the money go to the organisation. 

The user has retracted bids eight times over the last six months, according to the website. Spokesman Steven Haywood, from eBay, said: "We're sorry to hear about the case. We're looking into it to see if we can help." 

 

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11:31am Fri 14 Feb 14

Techvedic says...

Weird Valentine celebration...people today are obsessed in discovering reasons to earn name, fame and money in haste. (Editor, Techvedic)
Weird Valentine celebration...people today are obsessed in discovering reasons to earn name, fame and money in haste. (Editor, Techvedic) Techvedic

1:18pm Fri 14 Feb 14

R_U_Serious says...

Hopefully the 'winner' will do the right thing and pay up but I guess the meal may be at the very least a little awkward now. Perhaps better to offer the runner up a second chance - the facility exists on ebay. I've Just Given a bit towards the cause to soften the blow :-)
Hopefully the 'winner' will do the right thing and pay up but I guess the meal may be at the very least a little awkward now. Perhaps better to offer the runner up a second chance - the facility exists on ebay. I've Just Given a bit towards the cause to soften the blow :-) R_U_Serious

1:37pm Fri 14 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

I didn't wanna say anything but i kinda knew by the bidders that it didn't look good. We are living in a time of pure evil, where people don't take responsibility anymore and just do things for a laugh. In a way I guess everything is an illusion. It will be interesting to see where ebay takes this case.
I didn't wanna say anything but i kinda knew by the bidders that it didn't look good. We are living in a time of pure evil, where people don't take responsibility anymore and just do things for a laugh. In a way I guess everything is an illusion. It will be interesting to see where ebay takes this case. white rabbit9

2:03pm Fri 14 Feb 14

cookster says...

I'm having a few beers in Bromley tonight if you want to join us, give us a shout!
I'm having a few beers in Bromley tonight if you want to join us, give us a shout! cookster

9:01pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Marty1979 says...

Perhaps people should look him up on eBay, see what he's selling, make a bid then retract it
Perhaps people should look him up on eBay, see what he's selling, make a bid then retract it Marty1979

10:18am Sat 15 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

Marty1979 wrote:
Perhaps people should look him up on eBay, see what he's selling, make a bid then retract it
An eye for an eye makes everyone blind.
[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: Perhaps people should look him up on eBay, see what he's selling, make a bid then retract it[/p][/quote]An eye for an eye makes everyone blind. white rabbit9

11:20am Sat 15 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Marty1979 wrote:
Perhaps people should look him up on eBay, see what he's selling, make a bid then retract it
An eye for an eye makes everyone blind.
WR9 what do you know about eBay ? You have no money, or are you holding lots of bitcoins ?
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: Perhaps people should look him up on eBay, see what he's selling, make a bid then retract it[/p][/quote]An eye for an eye makes everyone blind.[/p][/quote]WR9 what do you know about eBay ? You have no money, or are you holding lots of bitcoins ? Gypo.Joe

12:10pm Sat 15 Feb 14

madras says...

'“It’s not really in the spirit of ...Valentine’s Day. '

Whereas selling yourself to the highest bidder clearly is!

This is a charity 'stunt' - shame the money wasn't forthcoming though
'“It’s not really in the spirit of ...Valentine’s Day. ' Whereas selling yourself to the highest bidder clearly is! This is a charity 'stunt' - shame the money wasn't forthcoming though madras

3:44pm Sat 15 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
white rabbit9 wrote:
Marty1979 wrote:
Perhaps people should look him up on eBay, see what he's selling, make a bid then retract it
An eye for an eye makes everyone blind.
WR9 what do you know about eBay ? You have no money, or are you holding lots of bitcoins ?
I know that it is run by zionist's. it is to get us used to the idea of paying with out paper or credit cards. Just zero's and one's. Ebay is destroying again our high streets. Zionism is destroying everything that was once good.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: Perhaps people should look him up on eBay, see what he's selling, make a bid then retract it[/p][/quote]An eye for an eye makes everyone blind.[/p][/quote]WR9 what do you know about eBay ? You have no money, or are you holding lots of bitcoins ?[/p][/quote]I know that it is run by zionist's. it is to get us used to the idea of paying with out paper or credit cards. Just zero's and one's. Ebay is destroying again our high streets. Zionism is destroying everything that was once good. white rabbit9

8:58am Tue 18 Feb 14

PaulErith says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
white rabbit9 wrote:
Marty1979 wrote:
Perhaps people should look him up on eBay, see what he's selling, make a bid then retract it
An eye for an eye makes everyone blind.
WR9 what do you know about eBay ? You have no money, or are you holding lots of bitcoins ?
I know that it is run by zionist's. it is to get us used to the idea of paying with out paper or credit cards. Just zero's and one's. Ebay is destroying again our high streets. Zionism is destroying everything that was once good.
So much hypocrisy in your statements again. "Ebay is destroying again our high streets". So let's take a failed highstreet store, say Woolworths. In their good times, they were a large corporation making lots of money. You're criticising Ebay for contributing to their downfall. Ebay is largely fairly poor people trying to make a few quid by selling their old stuff. Surely with your ideals, that's a better thing than the cash going into the hands of the highstreet store's well paid management?
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: Perhaps people should look him up on eBay, see what he's selling, make a bid then retract it[/p][/quote]An eye for an eye makes everyone blind.[/p][/quote]WR9 what do you know about eBay ? You have no money, or are you holding lots of bitcoins ?[/p][/quote]I know that it is run by zionist's. it is to get us used to the idea of paying with out paper or credit cards. Just zero's and one's. Ebay is destroying again our high streets. Zionism is destroying everything that was once good.[/p][/quote]So much hypocrisy in your statements again. "Ebay is destroying again our high streets". So let's take a failed highstreet store, say Woolworths. In their good times, they were a large corporation making lots of money. You're criticising Ebay for contributing to their downfall. Ebay is largely fairly poor people trying to make a few quid by selling their old stuff. Surely with your ideals, that's a better thing than the cash going into the hands of the highstreet store's well paid management? PaulErith

1:20pm Tue 18 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

Ebay is largely fairly poor people trying to make a few quid by selling their old stuff.
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Went on ebay and saw loads of top companies advertising there stuff.

Weird.
Ebay is largely fairly poor people trying to make a few quid by selling their old stuff. ----------- Went on ebay and saw loads of top companies advertising there stuff. Weird. white rabbit9

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