Is it against eBay rules to have a friend bid on your auction with no intention to actually buy it?
For example, if you forgot to set a reserve and your auction is going for less than you wanted, is it against eBay rules to have a friend put a large bid down and then you pay him back?
- MaxiLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
It is fraud, so yes against Ebay policy
- FLv 71 month ago
I doubt if they care who buys anything. They take their 10% whether it’s your friend or Joe Bloggs. If it forces the price up they collect more, why would get object?
- WhoLv 71 month ago
yes - (its called "shill" buying) its also illegal
(what "david" says is neither against the rules, nor illegal - its called "snipe" buying
In my early days of auctions on ebay I quickly realised that the auction was more of a con than an auction cos they all had a time limit
So for even an "auction" lasting several hours - 6 hours 59 minutes of it were irrelevant cos the only thing that mattered was the last minute cos the highest bid at 7 hours won the auction
This is contrary to a normal auction cos this continues until there are no more bids
The ONLY purpose of the 6 hours 59 mins was to induce potential buyers to increase their bids so THEY became the new "highest bidder" thus ratcheting up the winning price and encourage them to keep bidding
NOW I just wait until the last say 10 seconds and put in MY highest bid
If I win I win , and most of the time I get it for far less than I was prepared to pay
If I lose at least I know it went for MORE than I was happy to pay
EITHER way I "win"
- frombrumLv 71 month ago
no, are you going to pay the fees as well
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- xyzzyLv 71 month ago
eBay would not care. They just want their transaction fee. If you put something up for auction and it is worth $10 and have your friend bid $20 eBay would get their standard 10% of the final bid plus the Insertion fees etc.
- Anonymous1 month ago
eBay has probably developed algorithms to detect that sort of fraudulent behaviour. I used to suspect that bids were being pushed up like that a few years ago but not recently.
- Spock (rhp)Lv 71 month ago
while it certainly is sneaky and likely against the rules -- i'm also sure it happens all the time. Of course, the failed seller [you] still has to pay eBay's fees
- Nekkid Truth!Lv 71 month ago
It's fraud.. and ebay can suspend both accounts if it's discovered
- DavidLv 71 month ago
Of course it happens, but it's unethical. Not sure what ebay would do if they were aware, but I would just wait to see active bidding, There are A LOT of people who bid within the last few hours, sometimes in the last few seconds.
- 1 month ago
Why not just the the auction early for the reason that it's inaccurate description and then repost it in a couple weeks?