:>I just wanted people to know that I recently ran across some shill
:> bidding on eBay.:>
:> I wanted a half-dozen old 1940's half dollars.:>
:> Well, every time I bid, someone with the name e**r, i***i, d***d,
:> 5***s, etc. I saw several dozen names all 5 characters long with
:> '***' in the middle.:>
:> I reported it to eBay (which is a PAIN IN THE BUTT) because you have
:> to search and search to find out how to report shill bidding.:>
:> I reported about 6 cases. I don't expect this to make any difference
:> at all.
: ummmm.....in August 2007, eBay changed their system so that you don't see
: bidder's actual IDs. Instead, eBay masks the user ID with the anonymous IDs
: you saw. Sellers can see the actual IDs, and the winning ID is shown at the
: end of the auction. The idea according to eBay is that it enhanced user
: privacy. You can read more about it here.
: This was a change to the original implementation of Safeguarding Member IDs
: that was implemented January 2007 that replaced user IDs with Bidder1,
: Bidder2, etc.
: In short, I don't think any nefarious was going on. You likely just got
The basic stategy with ebay auctions is to wait to the last seconds to
bid. Constantly bidding to become top bidder only drives up the price.
I use auction snipping software to do my bidding, put in the amount you
want to bid and go on my way. If I win great, if not then it wasn't worth