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New Ebay Scam uncovered for sellers and buyers

Updated on December 21, 2009

Ebay scam uncovered The New way to make money

 Like my other hub post last week, I am not mentioning any names.  I have truly had an

eye awakening experience in life this year.  I have sold on Ebay for the last few years on and off.  I recently lost my job, see other hub why, and started selling again.  Somehow, someway, someone from this company I will not name, messaged me and told me to join the ranks in the Ebay seller game now being played by thousands.

This company for a very modest fee, will bid on peoples auctions with a program that bids up

you items to raise the prices, but does not go over the original highest bid made by a real

buyer.

So if I have a book for sale.  It is started on auction at $1.00, someone comes and puts $7.00 on it, and then this company comes along and bids on the auction until the poor soul that started the bidding ends up paying the highest price they were willing to pay.

Are you kidding me? 

This company has so many Ebay user names, and so much bidding going on, it really makes alot of sense to me now, how so many auctions are bid up to such high prices.

I tried to buy the Zhu Zhu Pet hamsters last month, and after bidding on over 100 auctions in 2 weeks, I finally won a total of 3, and guess what, they were all bid up to my maximum price that I was willing to pay.

Now, I am so upset about this.  My auctions rarely sell for anything that I would hope for them to sell, but now I see the big power sellers getting 5 times as much on their auctions for the same exact same thing I am selling with way more bids.

What?  I am heading over to my ebay right now, to rethink my selling.

 

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    • A.J. Frank profile image

      A.J. Frank 

      8 years ago from Rochester

      Thank you for your insight. I had no idea that this was going on. I probably never would have, because I usually click on the "buy now" and don't typically bid for items.

      Remember the good old days when people were honest and you could actually get a good deal on ebay?

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      Rosa Berger 

      8 years ago

      Judging from personal experience, I do think there are some fishy things going on. I stopped bidding and going to eBay a while ago because I would bid and then, half a second later, another person (or program) would be a few cents over my bid. And that went on several times. I understand that there are people you do automatic bidding, but somehow I am not willing to participate in something that forces me to bid as high as I would possibly go. It takes away the bargain effect.

      Also, I have noticed that there are more and more buy-it-now options. Maybe that has something to do with it.

      I have also found the last two times that the descriptions were not accurate and the items were of lower quality than described. It was time for me to move on to other online retailers and to frequent some of our new department stores.

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      Trsmd 

      8 years ago from India

      thanks for providing the tips.. to whom i have to contact?

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      Hillary 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Sorry you are having to go through this kind of fire. Thanks for giving us all the heads up! I think there is a method to the auction madness. My brother in law claims to be good at it, but I haven't a clue.

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