Shill bidding is the process of bidding prices up against yourself or getting friends to bid the price up and whilst eBay claims to be doing all it can to combat this growing problem the reality is they are making shill bidder much harder to detect by removing the bidders name from the bid history page and encouraging private listings.
Can you work out from these figures if this member is bidding the price up ?
eBay has deliberately made if difficult for those without PHD’s in mathematics to see what’s going on and that’s if you can remember all the information from the previous page that is needed to come to a rational conclusion.
The points and feedback for the bidder in the above example looks fine but maybe that’s because eBays
have gone out of
there way to help us all and you will be please
to know you can now buy feedback from as little as 1p a point from
eBay or you can trade points with friends.
The fact of the matter is eBays profits increase with the bid amount going up and time and again eBay have failed to act against these scamsters when they are reported by honest eBay members and eBay themselves try to Justify the removal of names by saying it’s an attempt to reduce the number of second chance offers but maybe someone needs to explain that bit to me because I don’t get it.
So what happens when you complain.
Clearly eBays customers are not happy but what does the press say
But surly they must have the bit wrong about ‘15m Customers’ because I’ve come across much bigger figures like 181 million but since we are talking numbers and if we are talking about sales activity in a 90 day period then I have very good reasons to believe the first figure is closer to the truth but why not read this excellent case study by
Philip Cohen on shill bidding