> I'm sorry,Perhaps I should have just replied "So sue me." Serously, do not email a stranger with some bullshit story about how they've just commited a crime. eBay buyers are quickly becoming my second favourite group of people, just behind pedestrians who jump out in front of me from between (not parked) cars.
Are you really?
> but why have they become unavailable?
They were tragically lost in a terrible tickets-left-in-pocket washing machine accident.
> When you put something up for auction you are
> legally obliged to go through with the sale.
No you are not, there is no contract at that point, otherwise eBay would not let a seller cancel an auction at all. If what you say were true then everybody who cancels an auction would be breaking the law. The only reason eBay stop a seller cancelling an auction 12 hours from the end is that they want to make as much money as possible.
Meanwhile my other eBay saga continues.