Audiogon recommends that both parties try to contact each other within 3 days of the close of an auction. If one of the parties does not respond within 7 days, then the other party may consider it a defaulted auction.
If the Seller does not respond within 7 days, you may consider the auction void. You may also consider leaving feedback for the Seller to create a public record of his actions.
While it is true that listing an auction is a legally binding contract, there may be mitigating circumstances to consider before deciding how far you want to pursue the situation. Firstly, if a Seller is already causing such problems, then a forced transaction may lead to even more problems. Secondly, it may or may not be worth your time and expense to contact legal authorities to seek enforcement of such a contract.
Generally speaking, we recommend that Buyers avoid problematic Sellers as soon as a problem is apparent. Sellers who default on auctions should receive feedback from the winning bidder, so as to create a record of their behavior.
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