I recently sent a Best Offer on a Balenciaga for $830 fully expecting a counteroffer which I got for $880. I already knew about the higher shipping cost but had neglected to consider the added cost of insurance, customs fees, and declared amounts. The seller offered to send it to me marked as "gift" and NOT insured, that way, I would not have to pay customs. Well, I did a bit of research and wasn't sure marking it as a "gift" to avoid customs was such a good idea if I wasn't going to have insurance. I counteroffered her counteroffer to make it include express international delivery of an additional $40. At the same time we were communicating by private email regarding the risks of going without insurance and which carrier would be used. Then the seller got an offer from another would-be buyer and she emailed me that this person offered her $950 which was much higher than mine. She added if I sent in another offer for $960 + $50 shipping, she'd let me have the bag. Well, from my offer of $920 ($880 + $40 shipping), this was a big jump and there was also the risk of being hit with a customs fee so I declined the $1010 offer because it was way above the average completed auctions price for this type of bag though it was still below new retail. I did it politely and thanked her for giving me an opportunity to send in another best offer and she said she understood. Then I checked the final Best Offer price given by my competition. It was for $900, not $950 as I had been led to believe. I also noticed that she had received 2 offers since mine and my guess is that both were from the same buyer being told how much was needed to beat my offer though I can't tell because it was a private auction and buyer ID's were hidden. Bottom line, at worst case scenario, I could have paid $1010 plus possible $100 customs instead of my original hope of getting it for about $920 total had I taken the bait. I now assume by going with a Private Listing with ID's hidden and Best Offers set up to not reveal the actual offer amounts, this seller was just playing buyers against each other with inflated offer prices to get both of us to go higher and higher. While I believe a seller is entitled to get the best offer she can, I think buyers should be very wary that this format unlike a regular auction allows the seller to lie to tempt us to offer more. And if a seller is willing to lie about one thing, they may lie about other things as well such as the condition of the bag, or not having to worry about customs fees. Let me reiterate to all sellers, I'm not saying that there is anything illegal about this practice because its obviously part of the Best Offer game, but it does add to bad feeling when a potential buyer finds out they've nearly been played the fool. And buyers should be extra cautious when a seller says that another buyer is offering such-and-such amount because it may not be true. I say, stick to your researched fair amounts and don't be swayed by the desire to beat the competition, there will always be other good bags. Sad to add, in my case, this seller was a fellow tPFer and as a result, making that claim in a listing means nothing more to me than another advertising gimmick.