So how did this POD sell for $700?

SteveO

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The best guess that I can come up with is that the bidder(s) thought it was something else (like maybe a Helix).
 

Technica

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I have allways wondered if this is a common scam?......
Absolutely. On EBay this has been common since the very beginning. Sadly, it happens more than most people realize. And since EBay's privacy policies seem to work both ways, this scam has only increased.
 

ivanh3

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Absolutely. On EBay this has been common since the very beginning. Sadly, it happens more than most people realize. And since EBay's privacy policies seem to work both ways, this scam has only increased.
Out of curiosity, what is the scam?
 

dirk_benedict

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Someone lists an item, and then has a buddy bid on it to get some action on the item. If there is a real bidder in the works the buddy bidder just keeps inflating it. If the buddy overbids and crowds out the real buyer by accident, the item just gets relisted.
 

Technica

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Someone lists an item, and then has a buddy bid on it to get some action on the item. If there is a real bidder in the works the buddy bidder just keeps inflating it. If the buddy overbids and crowds out the real buyer by accident, the item just gets relisted.

This, and the false bidder can retract his bids if they overbid. Then the seller knows what the highest bid is, so they'll have a second bidder bring the item up to the highest bid.
 

Guitar1969

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Someone lists an item, and then has a buddy bid on it to get some action on the item. If there is a real bidder in the works the buddy bidder just keeps inflating it. If the buddy overbids and crowds out the real buyer by accident, the item just gets relisted.
Called Shill bidding...
 

MKB

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Called Shill bidding...
It's fairly easy to spot a shill bidder, often there will be a zero feedback bidder running the price up. Then you get an email from the seller with a second chance offer at your highest amount. I absolutely refuse second chance offers, and will not bid on an item with a shill bidder, as the seller is doing some shady stuff. Who knows what you'll end up with.
 

chrisjnyc

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Yea, look like a scam... What is odd is that only two bidders on this one, when you have 20 other XT Lives for sale, and you can "buy it now" for $118 shipped.
 




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