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I love eBay, I am on it every day and every night, but I have noticed that I have been able to spot SHILL BIDDERS (people who set up two or more accounts with eBay and bid on their own items to ge a higher price). I couldn't believe it, there are so many out there. The easy way to spot them is by looking at their feedback and seeing if they loads of positive feedback from one person. Then while I was searching on eBay one day, and people are even selling eBooks on how to set up more accounts with eBay and become a powerseller.

So, I have come up with a few simple steps to help you spot the SHILL BIDDERS and what you should do if you find one:

1. Check their feedback carefully, if they receive a negative feedback from someone and then a positive that is always from the same person afterwards, the positives are very likely to be the SHILL BIDDERS (themselves).

2. Check the ebayers history of buying & selling, if they were unsuccessful when selling their item and the auction ended with them winning the item, they will probably re-list it again with exactly the same picture and descriptions.

3. Be careful of second chance offers (some of course are genuine), always ask the seller why the transaction was not completed with the high bidder.

4. If you suspect some one of shill bidding, report them to ebay, they have technical ways of finding out if they are (it does not involve the addresses users put in). If you are right them they will be suspended.

The more we help each other the safer ebay becomes for everyone and ebay may start to take these crimes a little more seriously. Take a little time to check buyers & sellers out, after all no one wants to be ripped off. And remember if a seller wants a certain price on an item, then it is up to them to place a higher start price or a reserve price on it. All we genuine ebayers want is a safe place to buy and sell.


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