eBay, private listing, bidders identities

  pj123 16:24 25 Mar 2008


What does that mean?

I read that as a way of bumping up the price.

eg. My partner has an eBay account and I have a separate account as well.

If she puts something up for auction I can make bids for it. If someone overbids me I just put another bid in. This effectively puts up the price.

If I actually win the item I just pay for it using Paypal. We have a joint bank account so the payment comes out and then goes back in again.

If I don't win it, at least I helped to get the price up above what she expected for it.

So where I can't see the bidders names it looks like it is a scam to get the final price up.

  hssutton 17:05 25 Mar 2008

Yes I've wondered about these as well, I just don't see the point. all it does is make me avoid such "traders"

  skidzy 17:11 25 Mar 2008
  pj123 17:39 25 Mar 2008


"Private listings are intended for use when, due to the nature of the item being sold, bidders don't want their identity to be revealed."

Thanks for your link. This was for a mobile phone, nothing nefarious.

In spite of all the "private bidders" I won the auction anyway.

Will tick as resolved.

  hssutton 15:42 26 Mar 2008

I know that photography is now a thorny issue, but an increasing number of sellers are using this method.

Pointless to the point that I'll not use them

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