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Post Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 5:25 pm 
 

What do you think, does this look suspicious?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1


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Post Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 5:39 pm 
 

Anytime a zero bids on one of my auctions I get a little suspicous, 2 zero's would have me thinking conspiracy, but then that's just me. I don;t like the fact that Marauder signed up in 01, and hasn't won anything.

  


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Post Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 5:40 pm 
 

Could be, but it's hard to tell. :roll:

I'd Snipe in at $20.51, and see what happens. That would be a nice little lot for 20 bucks.

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Post Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 5:43 pm 
 

grodog wrote:What do you think, does this look suspicious?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1


Hey Allan, I will be very honest, I checked everything out for the 2 Zero feedback bidders and they seem to be legit based on their bidding history and their locations.

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snakeoil_sean's bids: Welcome to eBay

snakeoil_sean's location:
eBay listings
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maraudermad5s's bids: Welcome to eBay

maraudermad5s location: eBay listings
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Versus the Seller's location: eBay listings
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I randomly checked 5 of the sellers current auctions and about 10 of the sellers closed auctions, and there does not seem to be a pattern of zero feedback bidders driving up bids. With that being said though, I just for some reason DO NOT like the feel of that auction. Something about it just does not feel right, I can't explain it. I was actually looking at that auction myself and had considered bidding, but I plan on staying away from it now. Truthfully, a seller of that size magnitude could very easily set up a very elaborate and almost impossible to detect shill scheme. I hope that helps.

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Post Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 5:54 pm 
 

Good call Ekim Toor, I should have looked at bidder's sign up date. All that time and no wins...there's something fishy about that for sure.

I'd still take the lot for $20, but look at the sellers negs in the last 6 months, I'd be careful.


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Post Posted: Sat May 28, 2005 12:19 am 
 

Looks like shilling to me.  Just look at the bid increments.

  


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Post Posted: Sat May 28, 2005 2:09 am 
 

So assuming it was shilling, how does one go about "proving" it to eBay?


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