eBay Warning. Suspicious Seller.

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Good evening all.

I wanted to report a suspicious seller on ebay.

His name is CAPKNIGHT and he specifically sells Apple II items.

At the moment he has several items for sale including an Applied Engineering Accelerator for a IIgs. The kicker is that there is a shill (r***r) jacking up the prices on the cards.

(r***r) has forced the price up of this particular card to $405.00 within the last six hours. He has 62 bid retractions in the last six months and 30% of the time he bids on CAPKNIGHT's items.

All of this has been reported to the eBay authorities, but I wanted to make sure that all the "Fritter Critters" are aware.

Good Night and be watchful.

Steven Smile

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Update...

I was contacted by CAPKNIGHT and it seems that he has no idea about r***r. He thanked me for contacting eBay about the problem.

I am not sure whether this gets him completely off my suspicious list, but it tells me that now he is aware that something is going on with his auctions.

Steven Smile

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You do realize that ebay now

You do realize that ebay now hides bidder's names by coding them all as r***r or h***h or the like.....right? Theres no way to tell who that bidder REALLY is.

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Yes.

Themike,

Yes, but eBay does know who it is and can trace their activities.

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re: You do realize that ebay now

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Theres no way to tell who that bidder REALLY is.

Well, yes, but... The feedback total is given beside the obscured bidder ID, so one could in theory correlate bidders between auctions with some degree of certainty. You would not learn the actual ID from that though.

However, if you bid on an item and lose, you can discover the real eBay ID of the winner. Do a search on auctions on which you bid - high bidder ID is shown without obfuscation. Once you know a real eBay ID you can then search for auctions on which they bid.

Well, this worked for me in the middle of Feb 2010 at least. eBay is of course subject to change. Tongue

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Not Suspicious After All....A Follow up

CAPKNIGHT reported the person who had bid the AE IIgs accelerator up past $600.00 himself. The person bid up not only that item, but several others. CAPKNIGHT notified this buyer that she had been reported after retracting all of her bids and she sent HIM a nastygram calling him unprofessional.

Her excuse....she was afraid that someone else was a shill, so she kept raising the price. Hmmmm.

Can you imagine that? lol This lady has big brass ones.

He is going to pay more attention to his bidders from now on.

Have a great week. By the way... It was 65 years ago today that the flag was planted on top of a dormant volcano on some obscure island called Iwo Jima. Go Devil Dogs!!! Smile

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My experience with CAPKNIGHT

I do a lot of buying & selling on eBay, and I have transacted with CAPKNIGHT several times & from my experience, he is a very honest eBayer.

It is very frustrating in that eBay does not police the site anywhere near as well as they should, and even when you report a problem to eBay, it can literally be several weeks before they get around to investigating, and by that time, the auction is over & done with. The other problem is that there is nothing to prevent a dishonest seller from switching IDs and continuing. I have reported the numerous IDs of one particular dishonest seller repeated to eBay and yet that seller is allowed to continue to sell on eBay, even after eBay has canned their previous IDs due to problems. How can one be sure it's the same seller? When they use the exact same PayPal account.

Very frustrating, and why I have started to sell on www.blujay.com...

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Capknight

I have to agree with Dr Ken. The problem is not with Capknight, it is inherent with the bidders and eBays lacking policing. I've dealt with Capknight without any problems.

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Suspicious Bidders....

I have to admit I have had several extremly positive transactions with CAPKIGHT over the past several months. What I cannot understand is how eBay can write all these rules and regulations about bidders and then not police the site.
I have gotten into the habit (good or bad) of checking out who is bidding on items before I will decide whether or not to place a bid.
If I see a bidder who has clearly violated the Maximum Bid Retraction Limit (which as of the last time I looked was 3 per year) I contact the seller and warn him/her about said bidder. It amazes me that I have seen one bidder with 16 Bid Retractions within six months and eBay has done nothing about it. You would think that somewhere within all the software they have running they would have a piece of code that threw up a RED FLAG when a bidder was continuously doing this.
Maybe someday they will decide to clean up thier act.

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eBay Frustrations

I share you frustrations with eBay not enforcing their own policies & it really affects both sellers & buyers alike (I am both buyer & seller). eBay's excuse is that they have too much to police and not enough staff to do so effectively. Pardon me, but that is a crock of dung. Even when you do report a problem & it is brought directly to their attention, they do not act... and for good reason - it is in eBay's best financial interest to have a transaction go, regardless. Sales is where eBay makes its money.

If eBay was policing the site well and making a level playing field for all sellers, I wouldn't mind so much that their fees add, on average for my items, 10-12% to the sale price. But they don't. As a result I have moved a signfiicant portion of my business to blujay.com, which charges NO FEES. eBay, contrary to what they want you to believe, affords absolutely no protection to the buyer or seller. ALL of the protection comes from PayPal, and so buying & selling on blujay.com using PayPal only gives both me and my customers the same amount of protection that we get going via eBay.

If anyone would like more information on blujay.com or want some help setting up their "store" there and how to get exposure, email me and I will be glad to help any way I can.

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