I am just playing devil's advocate, but is it
possible that someone else asked for the deputy
to bid either before your request or for a higher
bid than you?
Maybe that person that the deputy bid for instead
flaked out, thus leaving the deputy no choice but
to sell it on his/her site?
It was just a thought. Like you, I'd be
frustrated as well if it were a cel I wanted. If
you are correct, then that is a really lousy way
to do business.