Sounds like everyone who bid on the item may have got the same email you did from the seller and someone took him up on the offer. It is not right but it does happen. I as a seller don't think I would ever have the nerve to do it! By ending his auction early, it excuses him from the final sales fee and possibly the listing fee even though he obviously had a sale. Kind of makes me mad the more I think about it
! What was his seller name...I am interested in seeing his auctions and feedback if you don't mine. You can PM me if you want. If he does this often I would think ebay would catch on but then again...there are a lot of sellers to try and baby sit.
I would report him:thumbdown !