The WAY that the pre-qualification is being done and the threat to remove bids is improper. eBay does run valid auctions requiring pre-qualification (usually for high ticket items such as Jay Leno charity items and that huge record collection). It isn't done by direct email contact between the parties. It's so easy to say "Hey, I got another one ... let's save the listing fees and do this outside of eBay" to the losing bidders. Everyone has to start somewhere ... but the seller looks like he hasn't sold anything for more than $50 ... and now he sells for $1585?