>I checked the bid history and noticed that one bidder with zero feedback
> placed about 30 bids, and on several occasions has bid him/herself up 5
> times with no responding bid. I suspect that's either a flake bidder or
> seller has a confidant - perhaps the blonde - that is pushing the price
You're reading way too much into it. The numerous bids are because of a
prior bid that was higher than the incremental bids that were being made.
It ~appears~ to be bad until you look at the time when each of the bids was
made. Those "upward bids" you refer to are just failed bids.
Bidder A places a $500 bid on an item that started at $1 at 0100 (1 am for
you non-military types)
He will be the current winning bidder with a $1.00 bid
Bidder B places a $100 bid at 0200 (2 am) but will not overbid bidder A.
Auction will now show Bidder A with a $101 bid. (using a $1.00 bid
increment) from the original 0100 bid
Bidder B places a $200 bid at 0215. Again, not enough
Auction shows Bidder A with a $201 bid with an 0100 date stamp
Bidder B places a $600 bid at 0230 Now he's the current winning bidder.
Bids will read as follows on e-bay:
Bidder B $600 0230
Bidder A $500 0100
Bidder B $200 0215
Bidder B $100 0200
It appears as if Bidder B bid against himself to schill the bidding but he
didn't. Same with this auction. u**s was upping their bid by $100
increments every few minutes/seconds and b**s was using $1000 increments
once a day.
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