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Ebay Schilling

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by yuppy, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. yuppy

    yuppy Regular Member

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    1) Goto ebay and make a low bid on an item that is under priced

    2) Near the end of the auction or not, have a friend bid a rediculious amount.

    3) Right before the end of auction retract the bid that was too high

    4) The next highest bid wins.

    Easy way to get stuff on the cheap, but I'd be careful about doing it too many times with the same account

    The practice is not only prohibited by eBay regulations but also illegal in many countries. Despite this the practice continues and some believe is becoming more widespread.

    Theres someone bitching about it on another forum

    Anyway, anyone tried this? Or anyone had it done to you? I wouldn't risk it in the US more than once. Kuz if it works once you could just chaulk it up to dumb luck.
     
  2. birdjuice

    birdjuice Registered Member

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    It's not worth it in my opinion. The way I look at it is it's difficult to scale volume-wise such that you're making decent money. You're going to have to assume each account you do this with is toast.

    Best to find more automated ways of generating cash flow.
     
  3. Saracin

    Saracin Registered Member

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    Sounds interesting, but don't you have to retract your bid at least 24 hours before the end of an auction?
     
  4. BlackBeret

    BlackBeret Regular Member

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    I don't think your example would work. In order for a third party to see how high the schill's bid is, they have to keep increasing their bid. When the schill pulls their bid the lowball isn't the second highest bid, it's whatever the 3rd party bid up to. Would work great for the seller, but the lowball bid isn't going to win.
     
  5. bape

    bape BANNED BANNED

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    lol, ive had many sellers who didnt sell me their product due to the fact that the price was too low.

    IMO, this will not work anymore.
     
  6. vapid2323

    vapid2323 Newbie

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    This is a well known Scam, most people will see this and report the user.
     
  7. seodeveloping

    seodeveloping BANNED BANNED

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    Whether or not you consider it a scam... if you have some other people involved, are bidding on something with no reserve, there is a great chance you can get it for next to nothing.