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Shill Bidding on eBay (Hint: We Don't)

Posted by Legit Kit on

Figure we'd put this one to bed. Over the years we've had more then a few people question our integrity when it comes to auction prices, relisted items, and more. We'd like to take a moment to dispel a few of the rumors...

You / your lackeys bid on your own items to drive the price up!

Wouldn't that be nice if we could? We'd surely make a lot more money. Unfortunately, eBay is very good at sniffing this sort of thing out. It's called shill bidding, and it's against eBay policy. On a small scale, it's certainly possible for sellers to get away with this, at least for a little while. On our level, it's pretty much impossible. Trust us, we have better things to do with our time. We auction hundreds of items each week. If you got outbid, it's because someone wanted it more then you!

You relist items that didn't sell for what you wanted! 

We only relist items for two reasons. One, the buyer didn't pay. We open an unpaid item case and once that closes we relist the item. Two, the buyer wasn't legally able to purchase the item. This mostly happens for ITAR restricted items and overseas buyers. There are rare instances where a buyer will ask to cancel a purchase and we'll comply, but it's mainly the first two.

You have private feedback!

This one is usually from people that don't understand what private feedback is. You can still see our feedback score and comments, it just blocks the item name and price. These days, eBay stars out the username of all feedback left (ie: Buyer: l***9) and our feedback still shows this information. The only thing you don't see by our using private feedback is the item name, and the price it sold for. We do this for the privacy of the buyer, and that's all. No other reason.

You charge too much for this junk! 

It's an auction? You bid what you want to pay. If you lose, it's because someone else bid higher. Simple!

If you've got other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section and we'll update the record. We're not about that scam life, you'll just have to trust our 25,000+ positive feedback on that one.

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