Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Sanibel, Florida USA
Just catching up on this car. I have both bought and sold Alfas on BaT, and I think their business model is second to none. When a bidder tries to flake, they forfeit their five percent buyer's premium, which in your case could have been 2500 dollars or more. BaT has the bidder's credit card number, and they will charge a deadbeat bidders card. So bidders tend not to flake out on BaT. In contrast, the winning bidder in an ebay auction has no skin in the game, and they flake out all the time with no consequences.
BaT is totally fair. If you list a car and it does not meet reserve, they actually do connect you with the high bidder (been there myself). If you sell the car to that person, they don't take any commission at all, even though it is their platform that gave you the international exposure that helped you connect with the buyer. That is uber-fair, even generous of them, IMO.
I don't think BaT is being a bully, they are simply abiding by the terms of the contract.
Howard Swig, who comes from a family of Alfisti, works on their auction platform and he is first and foremost a car guy. And also a good person. But it is a business, and the rules are clear when a person lists a car. Otherwise their business model falls apart. People would list cars, get the exposure, and sell to a buyer outside of the auction, and BaT loses their commission. The 99 dollar listing fee is just there to cover costs, their actual profit is made when cars sell.
1970 Junior Z 1300, 1957 Sprint Normale
Other 105 Series cars in the past