David Little, from Durham, claims to have made a bizarre purchase in the early hours as he partied in Ibiza – he says he bought a £30,000 bus on eBay using his smartphone.
David, who works at a gym in Darlington, wrote on Facebook: “Still can’t believe what I did last night in Ibiza.”
He says he was ‘absolutely loving life with not a care in the world’ at the open-air club Ushuaia when he bought the 40ft vehicle – but has no idea why!
“I actually can’t believe this is happening,” he wrote. “Anyone want to buy a bus off me?”
The post has now been ‘liked’ by more than 32,000 people on Facebook. The bus is Scania Irizarry Century Coach.
“I messaged eBay straight away to explain I had bought the bus by accident and I am waiting to hear back from them.”
However, eBay says in its manifesto: A bid or purchase on eBay is considered a contract and you’re obliged to purchase the item. However, if you feel that you have a legitimate reason for not buying the item, you can contact the seller and explain your situation. .
If the seller doesn’t agree to cancel the transaction and you don’t pay for the item, an unpaid item may be recorded on your account.
That’s how eBay view the situation, but if you buy on the internet generally you automatically get a 14-day ‘cooling-off period’ when you buy something you haven’t seen in person – unless it’s bespoke or made to measure. The cooling-off period starts as soon as you receive your order, and there doesn’t need to be anything wrong with the item for you to get a refund.
You won’t get a cooling-off period when you buy something that deteriorates quickly – like flowers or food, an item that was personalised or custom-made for you, anything from a private individual rather than a business or a CD, DVD or software, if you break the seal on the wrapping.