eBay vrs42?

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Sun Feb 13 10:31:18 2005

On Sun, 13 Feb 2005, William Donzelli wrote:

> Both wanted the item. Obviously before the end of the auction, they
> communicate and determine who will try to win it. After the auction, the
> one that declined to bid writes me asking for another identical item (and
> admits to colluding). Is this not an attempt to keep the price low?

Does not the ethics between friends trump the "ethics" between buyer and

> Does anyone remember when Ebay allowed one legal shill per auction? It was
> a feature in the early days, sort of like a "buy-back", but I think many
> people took a dim view to it. I never used it because I feared getting a
> bad reputation as a shill. I am not sure when the feature went away - it
> sort of just faded in obscurity.

I do remember that. I think the ultimate reason they took that away was
because it was illegal in certain local juridictions (in some states I

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