After doing alot of research online and looking at reviews of Shopgoodwill.com, a common thread ran through a myriad of complaints.
I've been purchasing items from the Shopgoodwill.com online auction for some time now. For the past several months I've noticed that items would be bid up so high right before the auction ended. This seemed suspect, because there might be only 1 bid the whole duration of the auction.
I totally understand the bidding process - ex: in the case of only 1 bidder - they might not have initially put in just a minimum bid, instead they may have opted to put in their "maximum" bid. In that case, of course you wouldn't know until you put in a bid. It doesn't matter if there are 1 or several bids active, it is happening all the time now!
I did a little investigating on my own and started keeping track of the bidders (I only bid on this 1 brand). What was so obvious was that these same "winners" were the ones that always bid & "won" - even when there were no bidders the whole auction! Even if there were other bids, I saw these same people drive the price up several times before the auction ended. Can you say shilling?
I definitely agree with many other complainants, that GoodWill staff are deliberately shill bidding from private accounts in order to fraudulently inflate the prices. When an item does not bring the desired prices, a goodwill staff member will outbid the high bidder, so they will not have to let the item go for less than expected. Who do they think they are? This is fraud!
Even at the Goodwill Stores, their prices are getting ridiculous - and their stuff is getting junkier. Their ENTIRE INVENTORY is FREE and they still continue to rip people off. Non-Profit(???)
Don't take my word for it, please research complaints against Shopgoodwill.com online.