[CR] ebay shill bidding

(Example: Component Manufacturers:Avocet)

From: "Leonard Diamond" <leonarddiamond@verizon.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2010 23:08:08 -0400
Thread-index: AcrWyLbE+8IXncdgQwCjGmXBf26nxw==
Subject: [CR] ebay shill bidding

I'm assuming this is on topic as I'm bidding on an on topic part! If not I'm sure Mr Rabbit will let us know. I placed a small "place marker" bid on an item. With several days still to go 2 others placed bids raising mine automatically up to its limit. I decided to check out the other bidders to the extent I can nowadays on ebay. One of the bidders has made 195 bids in the last 30 days on 154 items. 23% of the bids were on items being sold by the seller of this item. Additionally on this sellers items he only bid once each and usually early while on other sellers items there were multiple bids and many in the last hour of an auction. Is this troubling, am I paranoid or both?

Len Diamond

Ridgewood, New Jersey USA