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14 February 2015 @ 10:21 pm
Not sure if this is for real.  
My favourite watch has a huge two and a half centimetre face which I can *just* read without my glasses, making it perfect for weekends. It badly needs a new watchband, though, so I hunted about on ebay until I found one that I liked. I watched it for a couple of days, then emailed the seller to ask a question. Once she replied I placed a bid, and within the space of 12 hours I was outbid. I increased my bid by a small amount but was immediately outbid again. At that point I walked away from it.

The auction ended today, with that other bidder being successful. Within two hours of the auction ending I had a "second chance offer" to buy due to either the original bidder failing to come good with the cash (within that time frame, for such a small amount, highly unlikely)or the seller having more than one (she has no other items listed for sale). When I had a look at the highest bidder, the watchband was the first thing he/she has ever bid on.

It just feels as though the seller set up a new profile just to bid on this and drive up the price, then came unstuck when I didn't continue to bid. I don't know if I want to buy this now, as a result. And it's not the first time this has happened. I was outbid on a wallet once; when I received a second chance offer for the first one I ignored it as I'd already bought one elsewhere. The original seller actually sent me an angry message when I failed to act on the second-chance email! Bit rude.
Has anyone else experienced this?
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
mrua7mrua7 on February 14th, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
I've only bid on Ebay twice and both times was put bid at the last second. Decided I don't like this bidding thing. I know the site monitors for people trying to drive up the bidding, and it's in their rules that it's not allowed. Don't know how closely they monitor, but probably do it on the expensive items up for auction.

Ebay bidding is definitely not for me...
miwahni: Cats Not Happy Janmiwahni on February 14th, 2015 12:40 pm (UTC)
I've had a mainly positive experience with ebay over the years (just checked when I created my account - it was 3rd March 2000) but this just raised my hackles.