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I don't really know if that auction is legit. The city he's from is where I went to college. I asked if one of my college buddies could check it out. He asked if I could get the funds that day, than he told me the item was in FL.
I present thee with the greatest example, ever, of the classic run-on sentence (a bonus of NO punctuation, whatsoever, plus spelling errors aplenty):
before we start this is my second time listig it please dont bother wasting my time unles you are serious about buying my kit this was givin to me as a present from my father for my car after x mas but the only problem with that is i got rid of my car for a evolution not to long after so it sucks i was planning on getting it installed but i never got around to it so i kept it around in case i changed my mind about cars well its a few monthes later now and thousands of dollars invested into my evo i decided im not going to change my mind so i am willing to take like 1500 for this kit right now ive tryed selling it locally not many ppl have a rx8 around here yet its not a common car this is the complete kit part #11540050 it retails for like 3800 so this is a steal if you need further details or technical questions answered 9542971570 anytime thank you
ok, im new to ebay and everyting. getting away from the point that someone is paying way too much for this thing, why would someone bid 3 times in a row when no one else has bid after them??
I've used e-bay a bit and I think I know what you're seeing. I'll use made-up numbers for an example:
Bidder A - bids $500 and then has the highest bid
Bidder B - really wants this item and plans to be away for the weekend. He only needs to bid $505 to get the high bid, but he's willing to pay up to $2,000 so he bids $2,000 so that e-bay will automatically increase his bid from $505 up to $2,000 as needed to out-bid new competing bidders.
Bidder C - Sees the $505 high bid so he bids $510. e-bay automatically increases Bidder B from $505 to $515 because Bidder B had entered the upper limit of $2,000.
Bidder C immediately receives notice that he was outbid so he bids $750 - e-bay again automatically increases Bidder B to slightly more than Bidder C.
Bidder C receives another notice of being outbid so he bids $1,000. He's outbid again, but doesn't want to pay more so he gives up. Bidder B remains the high bidder after 3 attempts to outbid him. e-bay reports the activity as separate bids even though Bidder B only made the original $2,000 bid.
BTW, I agree with Dro - looks like shill bidding. Amazing that the phrase, 'let the buyer beware,' was coined before e-bay. It's never applied more anywhere else.
i think ebay brings out the competetive and stubborn nature in its customers. some people would rather pay extra rather than lose an auction, which is a terrible way to go about making a purchase. some people trick themselves into thinking this is their only chance to get whatever item. then again, a lot of people are smart when shopping on ebay.
I think someone is just playing games with the seller. I remember once I saw a bootleg CD being listed on eBay (a live boot) and the price at one point in time was over 2 million dollars, clearly bogus.
There were similar cases where someone was trying to sell an item and others didn't like it, so they bid it up to stratospheric heights, ensuring that no real buyer would get it. Then of course they never paid, and the auction was effectively killed.
My guess is that this is exactly what's happening here.