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What's the best way to deal with suspected bid inflation on eBay?

Asked by bomyne (303 points ) February 13th, 2013

I’m currently bidding on a low price item on ebay. I’ve had a look at the bid history and there is one user besides myself bidding on the item, but the limited information ebay provides about the user is alarming. The user has very low feedback (1), is marked with the new user icon, and whenever he bids, he manually bids $1 above my current bid.

Now I understand that this could just be a normal user, that wants the item as much as I do but doesn’t understand about ebay’s maximum bid system… Or it could be another account for the seller trying to inflate the price of the auction.

What’s the best way to tell if this is what’s going on? And what can I do about it?

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Seek's avatar

Sounds like the seller is inflating to me. Report it to eBay and ask them to do an IP lookup.

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wildpotato's avatar

Sounds to me like an eBay noob. I bid like that my first time using it.

gambitking's avatar

Report to ebay for sure, that’s really your only recourse. I’ve found the community to be tremendously helpful as well, just post a candid question there like you did here and you’ll get honest, experienced responses from ebay veterans

elbanditoroso's avatar

Don’t play the game,. Move to a different item.

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