Type79, I'm sorry, but I have no record of an offer from you. I did receive your message through eBay that if I wanted to sell it to you, I should reduce the price to the cue's value. Other than that message, no offer. So Chopdoc, I did not have an offer to respond to. I would never disregard an offer.
I received this cue through a relative who gifted it to me. I planned on keeping it and asked this forum for it's perceived value so I could insure it. Shortly thereafter, a very dear friend had a sudden financial disaster and I gave it to him to sell. He asked me to list it on eBay.
Throughout the next couple of weeks, we had the cue looked at by several "experts" who gave us a value of $300 up to $3000. With us having no knowledge whatsoever of who's opinion was most accurate, we tried different numbers on eBay. I got several offers in all different ranges. Since my friend's situation was becoming more desperate, we sold the cue this evening to someone who not only made an offer, even at the high listed price, but continued to message me for the last few days.
So in short, I absolutely appreciate all the advise I received from this group. I had not seen these posts since I first asked back in November. But you have all been extremely helpful. I meant no disrespect and didn't ignore any offers made through eBay. I must adhere to their policies. I would have loved to keep the cue myself, but my friend needed the help and I did what I had to do. He is very grateful for the proceeds and can breathe for a couple of weeks.
PS the buyer states they have been playing pool for over 20 years, so I'm glad it went to someone who would appreciate it for the fine cue it is. Thanks again to you all.