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tina29851
Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎11-20-2012
What does Reserve not met mean?

i bid on something ....... and it said... reserve not met...what does that mean

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woodland_gnome
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Posts: 5,734
Registered: ‎01-10-2006
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in reply to tina29851

It means that your bid (your full, maximum bid, even if the full amount is not shown) is lower than the "Reserve" set by the seller as the minimum sale price, and you cannot win that item with that bid.

 

It means that you can safely move on to another source for a similar item without fear of winning this one, unlike merely being outbid where a cancellation of the higher bid can make you the winner and obligated to pay at the end.  If your bid did not meet the Reserve at the time it was placed, nothing anyone else can do can make you obligated to buy that item (even if the seller lowers the reserve, eBay will lower your maximum bid if necessary to keep you from winning; you would have to rebid to have a chance to win this auction).

Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎01-24-2014
Answered
in reply to tina29851

It means that there is a little scam happening that takes up a lot of time for people who do not know about this.

Community Member
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎03-01-2014
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in reply to tina29851
Rediculouse if you ask me. Why not just put it on as bidding starts at??? Imagine the people that just stop bidding because of the hassle. I personnaly don't play that game. Time consuming and very agravateing
jame234
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Posts: 17,271
Registered: ‎01-13-2011
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in reply to tina29851

The seller has placed a minimum amount that the seller will accept for the item.  The winner will be the highest bidder above that amount.

buybuy42
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Posts: 5,693
Registered: ‎02-01-2011
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in reply to tina29851

That means bid higher - or - ask the seller what the Reserve is