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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000057.txt from 2002/05

From: "Franklin Kercher" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bad behavior on eBay auctions
Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 23:29:13 -0400

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Subject: [kl] Bad behavior on eBay auctions

Sorry Walter, I couldn't help but to chuckle when I read this as its
happened to me too on several occasions. I must confees though, I've
"sniped" at a couple items I really wanted bad. Most of the time I'm too
late as my connection is too slow or my %@-----. Whats
really iritating is when the last second bidder is just some prankster who
has no intention of sending in any money and the item has to be relisted.
The process starts all over. Another frustrating situation is when the
auction ends while I'm at work and I get out bid by a quarter and there's
nothing I can do but look at the screen when I get home and go "WAH-H".

> I just sent this e-mail to eBay, reporting what I consider actions of very
dubious morality:
> <<I want to report some behavior which will, if it continues, stop me from
buying on eBay.
> Twice in recent auctions, I was out bid, in the last 20 seconds of the
auction, by someone who had never bid before.
> By the time one notices this, even when hitting the F5 key repeatedly, to
refresh the screen every 5 seconds or so. It is too late to bid again.
> Surely this is NOT what was intended when your service was put into place.
A real auction has a "going, going, Gone" warning for serious bidders.
> This lurking behavior, bidding only in the last few seconds, I view as
immoral, dishonest and disgusting.
> I think that eBay needs to find a way to block this kind of behavior.
> Walter Grabner
> 991 Wildwood Lane
> Highland Park, IL 60035
> 847.266.8644>>
> I know some people think this is smart or clever behavior, but it is
really p*****g ne off! Has anyone else had this experience, and if so, what
have you done?
> Walter
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