Many of you who follow my sales in the buy/sell threads will know that I always try to provide a level of transparency if I am carrying out an auction type sale. I usually put the buyer's name or id along with the bid as I update the sale thread. I find this helps keep everyone, who is interested in the sale, in the loop. Out of the whole of last year, I have had only 2 requests for anonymous bids. I respect the buyer's reason and have always done as requested.
I had a recent experience where a buyer emailed me his bid. There was no request for anonmynity so I updated the thread along with his first name. A day later, the same buyer emailed me to inform that he would like his bid cancelled as he was not aware that I was going to put up his name on the thread along with his bid. As I had put his name up "without informing him", he would now like to withdraw his interest in the item I was selling. Apparently his 3 letter first name is so unique that everyone would know it's him.
For any other reason, I would usually be happy to agree to the bid withdrawl. But I find this reason to be rather illogical. I accept bid cancellations willingly all the time, it's all part of the buying and selling process. I'm not sure if he changed his mind on the item and came up with this ridiculous reason or did he actually mean it?
Here's the item in question...
What do you think?