Bare with me, the following will be copy and pasted from another forum I frequent. I'm posting it here as a lot of you will be Ebay members and potentially at risk of being screwed over (especially as the member focuses on photography gear). Also I apologise if this is in the wrong place, this seemed most suitable.
Okay, a little backstory first. So there I am selling some **** on Ebay with a reserve when I get a bid that takes it past that. I thought "**** yeah" and told my momma that I'd just made at least 60 quid, but then a few days later the item is back down to like 20 quid and the reserve never got met. So, I check out the bid history and notice some bellend by the name of "twinney12" has retracted their bid because they "entered and incorrect amount". Now I'd usually be fine with that, some people have sticky keyboards or can't count very well and so get bids wrong, however the fact that it took them like 2 days to notice their "mistake" and they never entered a correct bid made me suspicious.
So, I report this to Ebay believing it to be an invalid bid retraction and thus a violation of their rules. I get an email back saying they're going to investigate it and in the mean time to go to the members profile and see how many bid retractions they've made. Now, I was expecting like 20 or so in the last 12 months, thinking they just decide they don't want something a couple times a month, however they had over 150 (more than 10 a month). So, I read up on how this could possibly benefit them and it turns out they can make a bid of any silly amount such as 10 grand and it will automatically bid at the reserve price, if it's too much for them they just cancel. They can also take advantage of it by bidding on multiple item of the same kind, then as they come to a finish retracting bids on all those except the one that looks to be going for the least.
By now I'm seriously pissed, it's obvious this member is deliberately violating the rules for their own gain and I can't imagine why no one else has reported him before and how Ebay have let it slip by (do they not monitor bid retractions?). I then get an email back saying appropriate action has been taken and I'm feeling like Super Man for bringing down some wrong doer, so I go to view the member's profile and see the bid retractions slowly falling (I assume they redid the bids on auctions that hadn't yet ended). But, good things never last. It wasn't long before the bid retractions started going back up and I just wanted to **** slap this mofo for being such an arsehole. Again I email Ebay, but before doing so I do some snooping. I have a little look to see what twinney12 had bought recently and made a mental note, then I went to look at what they were selling. Immediately I recognised their one auction, it was something they had bought just a few days earlier. The price? Of course it was a Buy It Now of more than they paid for it, all is becoming clear now.
I got an email back from Ebay with the same old tripe, "We're looking into it but unfortunately for privacy reasons can't discuss any actions we take with you". **** the member's privacy, what about the rights of those he's ****ing over? So over the next couple days I keep the profile open, periodically refreshing and waiting for the bid retractions to increase. Now it probably comes as no surprise to say that another one was made, Ebay obviously doesn't give a **** about they're members and doesn't care to enforce their own rules. Again I check out what twinney12 is selling and again recognise the two new items. Both are on Buy It Nows for more than they paid for them and one even has parts of the description copy and pasted from the original including a claim of owning the product since new and caring well for it, and of course since they only bought it the day before is an obvious lie. Once again I have reported them to Ebay, no doubt in vain as they will continue to not care as long as they're getting a cut of the money.
So, on the likely chance that this **** carries on I want to spread this message to as many places as possible, both in hopes of stopping this arse from ripping people off and to bring to light (and hopefully change) just how little Ebay gives a ****: Do not buy from or sell to "twinney12". If they attempt to buy from you report them, if you come across one of their listings report them, **** if you've got nothing better to do report them anyway.
Please, spread this around where ever you can (even just the bit in bold at the end, if anyone asks why link them to here).