|Forum topic by jim_hanna||posted 11-02-2015 03:09 AM||354 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
11-02-2015 03:09 AM
I was recently bidding on an e-bay item, was the highest bidder at the time, and decided to increase the maximum I was prepared to pay.
When I had upped my limit I was surprised to see that while I was still high bidder and the price remained the same, the number of bids made which is visible on screen to all buyers, had been increased by one.
The e-bay policy of increasing the number of bids made, visible on screen to all buyers, when the top bidder increases their maximum limit is an invitation for the seller to shill bid.
Just happened to me.
I was bidding on some chisels – decided after some thought that they were worth more to me than I’d previously bid and upped my maximum limit. Shortly after a new buyer with no previous purchases visible (all the other bidders had the number of their previous purchases against their username) upped the price by one increment.
In the end it didn’t matter since other bidders subsequently drove the price higher but I still won.
However I see no reason why the e-bay software records an increase in the maximum limit to be bid as an actual bid and then displays this increase in bids to other buyers.
The e-bay customer service interface seems designed to deter communication, all the forms limit the number of characters and it’s impossible to write as I’m doing here.