bogus auction for Altair system on eBay

William Donzelli aw288 at osfn.org
Thu Feb 23 08:59:47 CST 2006


> I know I've accidentally bid against myself in a real-life auction.  :-)

An ethical auctioneer will NOT allow a bidder to bid against
hinmself. Most will simply say something like "you are already the high
bid".
 
> As much as I'd like to think that eBay could somehow protect
> us against shills, I can't think of a way you could enforce
> it and still prevent the motivated shiller from doing his
> dirty work.  All it takes is collusion and cohorts.  eBay's
> only risk is that a shill bid wins the auction - and they win
> in that case with one form of listing fee or another.

The problem has existed since the beginning of time. One can not rightly
blame Ebay for it.

William Donzelli
aw288 at osfn.org




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