Interesting. So the question to me is whether the OP has anything (e.g., screen shot) that shows this was a no reserve auction? If so I'd definitely still talk to a lawyer but the suspect dealer knows the equation here - the potential 'baragin' here is around $10k order of magnitude which is probably close to or less than full cost to adjudicate (unless OP pursues small claims court which I think has a $10k limit in Texas so probably not a bad option if OP can show no-reserve auction status.) Of course even if OP goes this route and wins it's another thing to actually collect...
Originally Posted by budmanv24
I may be wrong, but I do not believe that eBay's rules can outweigh those of the state of Texas:
(c) Such a sale is with reserve unless the goods are in
explicit terms put up without reserve. In an auction with reserve
the auctioneer may withdraw the goods at any time until he announces
completion of the sale. In an auction without reserve, after the
auctioneer calls for bids on an article or lot, that article or lot
cannot be withdrawn unless no bid is made within a reasonable time.
In either case a bidder may retract his bid until the auctioneer's
announcement of completion of the sale, but a bidder's retraction
does not revive any previous bid.