He was able to identify the "same" bidder, but not his identity. EBay hides the identity but assigns their 'code' to each individual bidder.
Chuck Brooks Malta, NY NEUSA
-----Original Message----- From: Anthony Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Kevin Kruger <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Sent: Wed, Jul 21, 2010 4:45 pm Subject: Re: [CR] eBay 1969 Colnago - Suspicious bidding games
I am also curious to know how Chas did his analysis. This is valuable
information. We all use ebay to varying degrees and it would be good to be able
to do this for ourselves.
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Sent: Wed, July 21, 2010 3:58:28 PM
Subject: [CR] eBay 1969 Colnago - Suspicious bidding games
Just curious how you were able to identify the bidder you cite since the
identity is concealed???
Appreciate knowing the ID on my end so I can also check it out.
I already asked eBay to take a look at this auction prior to posting my comments
on the CR list.
Kevin Kruger - Grantville, PA USA
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 12:03:49 -0700
From: verktyg <verktyg(AT)aol.com>
Subject: Re: [CR] eBay 1969 Colnago - Suspicious bidding games
The suspicious bidder placed 15 bids on this bike. I always check the
bid history when an auction doesn't look right to me. The bidder placed
47 bids for 6 items in the last 30 days of which 31% are with this
seller. He also has 2 bid retractions during the past 30 days.
Have you ever tried to do a bid retraction? When I see a lot of them
from one bidder I stop bidding!
This sounds like an auction that should be reported to eBay because of
the manipulations of the seller.
Oakland, CA USA
Kevin Kruger wrote:
> Sure most of you who search eBay found the restored 1969 Colnago Super.
> First appeared with a BIN/Best Offer option, and I submitted an offer,
> have the seller reduce the first BIN price, never respond to my offer,
> close the auction down.
> The bike reappeared on a non-reserve auction, and I placed my bid, only
> someone place bid(s) until they were the high bidder, and then he/she
> the bid. Now the seller has canceled my bid, stating the reason being the
> disclosure of my high bid by the dishonest "bidder" who canceled his bid
> uncovering my high bid.
> Asked the seller to explain, but this whole auction has left me too
> to even want to consider bidding on it again (was prepared to adjust the bid
> upward closer to the end of the auction).
> Another reason for being upset with eBay's policy to hide bidder IDs. Just
> makes it easy to play games with an auction from both a bidder's and
> In case you didn't see the auction, here's the address (item #110559405799)
> Sorry if this bike has been discussed, but I just returned home from
> from my computer for nearly a week.
> Kevin Kruger - Grantville, PA USA