[rescue] Stumbled on this pdp8/m? on ebay...

Phil Stracchino phil.stracchino at speakeasy.net
Mon May 28 20:34:30 CDT 2007

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
> Lionel Peterson wrote:
>> His listing concerns me - his title is bad, the description is non-existant, and he seems to *revel* in the fact that everything is sold as-is, with no warranty. But the final thing that gets me, and this alone could break the deal for me, is he claims 900,000 positive feedbacks, yet eBay shows 200,000+, and he has a 90% positive approval - that means 20,000+ folks felt "burned" or unhappy with their transaction (assuming any "no response" is left out of the calculation)...
> For anyone following this one (and this is the third time I've 
> participated in 'this'
> auction), I've now seen the last two times won by the same bidder 
> (whypaymore$).
> I'm 99.9% positive this is shill bidding in action.
> But unless the seller is claiming the high bidder never paid, then each 
> time he
> shills and loses, his profit is going to go down. 
> Does this smell like a shill to everyone else here too ?
> This seller is fishy...
> He can list it several hundred times if he wants... but if he thinks I'm 
> going to push
> my bid up and up till I find the limits of his shill, he's going to lose 
> his shirt on this
> item... because as previously discussed, this could likely be an empty 
> unit... devoid
> of cards...

If you're certain it's a shill (which seems likely based on the
evidence), file an eBay complaint, it's a ToS violation.

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 Phil Stracchino              phil.stracchino at speakeasy.net
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