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slomo007 wrote:It could be someone bidding on their own item, to up the value.
Pacman wrote:slomo007 wrote:It could be someone bidding on their own item, to up the value.
And that happens A LOT on eBay. All it takes is a seller creating another username (which takes about two seconds to do) and upping the bids. No risk to the strategy (if you end up winning your own auction, you just re-list it).
It's one of the big problems with eBay. I wish they'd make it impossible to log on as two different people from the same IP addy... but then again folks would just call their friends and have THEM up the bidding FOR them... so there's really no way to stop it.
LBJackal wrote:People who bid on their own auctions to up the price get caught a lot. I've had it happen to me once, and eBay nullified all of the auctions that guy ran so I got my money back. I've been buying and selling on eBay for 6 years and that's the only instance I can think of that involved me.
Back when I first started, I used to get my friend to bid a certain amount on some auctions because that was the minimum I wanted to receive. So not really cheating per se, but just a reserve that you don't have to pay for. I guess it kind of is cheating actually. But I've had guys try to pull the wool over my eyes enough times to justify doing it...
BTW there used to be a site called eSnipe that would automatically bid a certain amount at a certain time for you, and it was free. Are there any sites like that still around?
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