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Reverse Shill Bidders?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Stinsok, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I don't know what to call it, but I had an item on ebay (I just don't learn.) At auction's end I see the high bidder has zero feedback and joined ebay that day (just great!) I send the invoice and shortly after I send a note to the next highest bidder letting them know that the high bidder would probably not go through with it and I would offer it to him if it didn't pan out.

    Later I get an email from the "winner" saying "I didn't realize my bids were automatic and that I was accidentally bidding against my husband. I can't afford that, can you give me a discount?" The ending price was 276.00. The second high bidder was pretty close but wrote back " Sorry, we didn't know we were bidding against each other. I'll give you a hundred dollars for it."

    So they bid the auction way up so they could secure the item and then tried to cut my throat. I reported them and blocked them. I would love to beat them with a shovel.
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I always set my account so a bidder has to have five positive feedbacks before they can even bid.

    Report them to ebay, they may let you relist it for free.
  3. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    I would report and follow up, that's unacceptable
  4. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    I never saw that option, and I looked for ways to stop zero feedback bidders. There was no way to block them (that I could find).
  5. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I just found that!
  6. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    Found what, how to block zero feedback bidders?

    If so, it must have changed in the last few years.
  7. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    You can make that change in your Seller Account. There are easy instructions.
  8. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    Thanks, it must have changed, or it was in a place I wasn't looking.
  9. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Isn't winning an auction a contract to buy? I'm not an ebay whizz, so not sure about how to play this. Can't you insist that the "winning" price is paid in full?
  10. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I can insist but there is no way to force them to pay up.
  11. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    This is interesting. eBay is a human cesspool, but I hadn't heard of this particular stunt before.

    Now that I can't gig any more, I'd be thrilled to offload a ton or two of gear and if I get desperate enough to turn to eBay, stories like this may serve to save me some frustration.
  12. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    What about that "beating them with a shovel" thing you suggested in your opening post? Even if you employed that?