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Forum topic by jim_hanna posted 11-02-2015 03:09 AM 370 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jim_hanna

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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.
It seems logical that a seller would keep an eye on his listings. When the bids go up and the price stays the same the seller knows that the top bidder is willing to pay more and therefore it is safe for the seller to bid one further increment higher to push up the price.

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.

-- Jim


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#1 posted 11-02-2015 02:25 PM

”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.”

I notice this same phenomena regarding bid counts a few years back and encountered the same lack of communication channels as you have.

It sucks but I dont see them ever changing it.

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#2 posted 11-02-2015 02:55 PM

If I wanted to be cynical I would say that since e-bay gets a percentage of the sale (or has this changed?) that the practice encourages additional bidding which increases e-bay’s take.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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