Dubious ebay practices

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by maridvnvm, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    This is not the first time that this has happened to me but it annoys me every time.

    An ebay seller, who sells a mix of modern, medieval and ancients, adds a handful of ancients in Auction format (rather than BiN) starting at Eur 1. These are Private Auctions so the bidder identities are entirely hidden. Bidding is fairly active and the coins end at wholesale (or even below) rather than retail prices. Three days later the seller relists the items for sale in BiN format.

    I was the under-bidder on four of the five coins listed and can only assume that the seller was using a separate account to bid on their own coins to prevent them selling too cheaply but avoiding any costs incurred from including a reserve price in their original listing.

    Ho hum. I went and bought myself a large mixed lot of coins instead to keep me busy.
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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Unscrupulous! Dubious indeed!
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  4. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

  5. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    It happened to me the same thing a long time ago. When I saw the coins relisted, I contacted the seller to tell him I knew what was going on and warned him ebay will be notice and surely his account would be closed...he answered me back rapidly to tell me it was a mistake...the highest bidder had cancelled his offer...and I was the lucky winner...
    Got this lot for almost nothing finally. Threatening is not a nice thing to do, but it works sometimes :mad:
  6. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister Well-Known Member

    Report them to eBay.

    (Not that eBay will *do* anything about it, but hey, you never know...)
  7. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    I had some fun reporting last night on Ebay. A seller listing a lot of 'unreasearched coins' with low start prices, all of them blatant fakes, featuring such things as Caesar portrait denarii... Now to see if any of them get taken down.
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  8. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Not nice, but makes you feel a bit better, in a way :D

  9. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    I have already reported them to ebay but I have moved on as my replacement purchases have arrived.
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  10. Greg Bayes

    Greg Bayes Where's the loo?

    eBay is rife with charlatans. Do your research. Referring to a lot as "unresearched" is a dead giveaway for obvious reasons.
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