Okay folks, we all take a look at and sometimes bid on our favourite transforming robots now and then, but sometimes that bidding process just doesnt feel quite right?
I am talking about 'shill' bidding which as many of you may have encountered, its when an Ebay seller has multiple accounts or gets a friend to bid on the same item you are to fraudulently increase its sale price without winning it themselves!
Browsing these and other forums have turned up several names which I am familiar Ebay seller names which oddly enough are either 'no longer a registered member' or theres just a huge lack of account activity.
I would like to point out one particular seller who I am getting that familiar feeling about and would like to ask if any of my fellow Seibertronians have had dealings with?
Please look back at your Ebay buying history, not just for Transformers, and see if either of these names rings a bell?2grandadsjapanesefonz
' ID was changed to 'japanesefonz
' around a week ago, so your history has probably changed with it to reflect that change.
I draw your attention to this completed listing I was watching until the dying moments...http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Transformers-Energon-Superlink-SPRUNG-SPRINGER-MIB-Takara-sc20-very-rare-/221173013813?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&nma=true&si=T2xc6iliy%2F76wRa359BchrZOTEk%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
If you check the bid history you will see the ID 'S***U
' which has zero feedback rating and has 100% bid history with this seller, no one else, just this seller.
So I decided to look a little deeper, what else is this seller offering...http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Worlds-Smallest-Transformers-SEALED-extremely-rare-item-/221173017914?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&nma=true&si=T2xc6iliy%2F76wRa359BchrZOTEk%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
More Transformers related stuff, so i kept an eye on that also until it ended and who should be seen in the bid history.. 'S***U
Lets look at their other item...http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221176668065?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
Totally uninterested in this item but thought I would test the waters for security purposes.
A buyer had already started the bidding with a £0.99p starting bid, so who should pop up but 'S***U
' which is when i thought 'Yep this is a fraudulent seller generating shill bids which is totally against Ebays rules and policies.
I popped a bid in and was instantly outbid by the same "buyer" 'S***U
', so I quickly retracted my bid and the listing returned to 'S***U
's bid which I guess is waiting for the next poor buyer to come along?
Ife you take a look at the bid history of these other completed listing from the same seller that same "buyer" pops up these also, so much more than a coincidence I think.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/captain-power-moc-a-team-knight-rider-street-hawk-tmnt-/221173031570?nma=true&si=T2xc6iliy%2F76wRa359BchrZOTEk%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
So if any of you Ebay buying public care to take a look back at your purchases from seller/s '2grandads
' or more recently 'japanesefonz
' just give the bidding history a quick check for any zero rated bidders which may be working with or be the same person, shill bidding your item up some!
Seller has been has had all the mentioned listings reported to Ebay for investigation.
I have popped the sellers ID on my favourite sellers list to see if they list more or their account gets deleted, either way I will lets y'all know!