Latest eBay seller BS

William Donzelli wdonzelli at
Sat Oct 2 01:07:29 CDT 2010

> 3) well before the end, the shill puts in a completely ridiculous bid.
> 4) the active bid is moved to one increment over your bid.
> 5) the shill retracts the "mistaken" bid - "my keyboard stuck"
> 6) the shill, or shill#2, now places a bid just below yours, so that when
> you win the auction, it is at your maximum bid.

This is a variant on "bid shielding", and is a well known pattern. It
sticks out like a sore thumb.


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