according to ebay, the following revisions were made:
Date Time Revised Information Apr-29-02 20:08:12 PDT Description May-01-02 11:54:05 PDT Description May-02-02 09:54:06 PDT Title,Category,Description,Minimum Bid Price May-02-02 18:27:03 PDT Description
so he sold the bike off ebay, and then turned around and saved himself a bit of money by not closing the auction and starting a new one (which would have forfeited the insertion fees for the first auction, and incurred insertion fees for the second), but changing the auction to be for a different item at a lower price (thus lower insertion fees)
cheapskate tactics, but feasible, given ebays policies...
>.Greg wrote: " Someone offered him an undisclosed sum (obviously more than
>$175), and he sold it. Apparently, eBay then lets a seller insert a
>item in its place. It was news to me. "
>An ebay seller can close an auction at any time and sell to the current high
>bidder. There is no need to put another item in it place. In fact, the
>seller can close the auction any time and simply say that the item is no
>longer available for sale (among several other reasons available, none of
>which is verified by anyone, so the reason is actually irrelevant).
>John Dunn in Boise
>----- Original Message -----
>Sent: Sunday, May 05, 2002 7:18 PM
>Subject: Re: [CR] the strangest thing - bike sold!
>> I was following this too. When it changed to a videotape(!!?!?!?), I
>> the seller. Someone offered him an undisclosed sum (obviously more than
>> $175), and he sold it. Apparently, eBay then lets a seller insert a
>> item in its place. It was news to me. Since that bike was previously
>> discussed here, I'd wager it was one of us who got it. Anyone want to
>> Greg "where did that Falcon go?" Parker
>> A2 MI USA
>> Ray H. wrote:
>> > Message: 12
>> > From: Ray Homiski <Wheelman@nac.net>
>> > To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <email@example.com>
>> > Date: Sun, 5 May 2002 20:51:17 -0400
>> > Subject: [CR]The strangest thing
>> > I have been following this road bike on ebay for a few days and I got =
>> > the URL from this forum. Now the URL takes me to a Harrison Ford Movie =
>> > (Air Force One) but the photos of the bike are still there. Looks like =
>> > ebay hosed up something and now I cannot find the bike. Check it out.