Report: #932

Complaint Review: E-Bay Auction

  • Submitted: Wed, November 17, 1999
  • Updated: Sat, November 16, 2002
  • Reported By:
  • E-Bay Auction
    Fraud reporting: safeharbor@ebay.com
    Nationwide
    U.S.A.

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I want to make you all aware of something that occurs frequently on the E-Bay auction called "shill bidding". It is where a seller uses alias userID's (non-existant bidders) to push up the bids on their auction items. Of course this is illegal, but MANY sellers are involved in it. After all, where money is involved...

For example, userID is an alias of the seller . Use the E-Bay Search feature and look up london777's current and recent bids. You'll find that almost every one of this userID's bids are on steal-a-record's auction items! That seller uses this alias userID (among others) to increase the bids on their auctions, or to maximize the "reserve bids" of honest bidders. I've informed E-Bay about thier bidding scam,
and we'll see if they take any action. I doubt it, though. That would likely open up a controversy I'm sure E-Bay would rather remain dormant. Bad for business, you know?

If you want to retract your bid on the an E-Bay item whose seller you suspect is shill bidding, use this link:

E-Bay Bid Retraction: http://pages.ebay.com/services/buyandsell/retract-bid.html

You have every right to retract your bid before the close of an auction. Sellers can only give negative feedback to WINNING bidders. I cringe when I see someone getting victimized by shill bidding on the E-Bay auction. You should verify the bidders on an auction item as well as the seller of the item. Do they have positive ratings? Alias userID's usually have either no ratings or just a few, most likely from their parent seller. As in life, corruption is rampant on E-Bay and other such auction sites. Be an aware consumer!
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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Ebay shilling info is very true here are more id's to watch for

AUTHOR: brenda - ()

flowerpowerpoppy also watch for this same person using [ ]. When you log into her feedback areas you will see the rest of the aliases she uses. She is so tacky! She sells auction info and then gives hereself extra boosts by bragging on her items. The auction info is nothing more than what you could find yourself by keying in wholesale in any search engine. This lady has bilked a lot of money out of people selling junk auction info.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Ebay shilling info is very true here are more id's to watch for

AUTHOR: brenda - ()

flowerpowerpoppy also watch for this same person using [ ]. When you log into her feedback areas you will see the rest of the aliases she uses. She is so tacky! She sells auction info and then gives hereself extra boosts by bragging on her items. The auction info is nothing more than what you could find yourself by keying in wholesale in any search engine. This lady has bilked a lot of money out of people selling junk auction info.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Ebay shilling info is very true here are more id's to watch for

AUTHOR: brenda - ()

flowerpowerpoppy also watch for this same person using [ ]. When you log into her feedback areas you will see the rest of the aliases she uses. She is so tacky! She sells auction info and then gives hereself extra boosts by bragging on her items. The auction info is nothing more than what you could find yourself by keying in wholesale in any search engine. This lady has bilked a lot of money out of people selling junk auction info.
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

Ebay shilling info is very true here are more id's to watch for

AUTHOR: brenda - ()

flowerpowerpoppy also watch for this same person using [ ]. When you log into her feedback areas you will see the rest of the aliases she uses. She is so tacky! She sells auction info and then gives hereself extra boosts by bragging on her items. The auction info is nothing more than what you could find yourself by keying in wholesale in any search engine. This lady has bilked a lot of money out of people selling junk auction info.
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