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hi all just found this site on ebay check it out
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(...Sound of a can of worms being opened)
Was thinking the same thing James.
Basically Simon they aint as cheap as they look. Canon Outlet is a known shill bidder (bids on their own stuff) Also some people pay crazy money cos it is a Canon shop i.e £10 less than new at times.
Did anyone hear the report on Shill Bidding this week - seems a whole host of sellers wouldn't dream of not Shiilin'......one reason you wouldn't find me near that glorified car boot sale.
o ok just looked good to me
Interesting one to watch from the 'Shill-bidding' perspective... Popular camera and less than an hour to go!
Funny though; all of the 7 bids are from bidders called 'Bidder' (1,2,3, and 4)
That is standard practice now whenever an item goes over a certain figure (£100?). Standard wording as follows
Quote: As online shopping evolves, eBay continues to focus on preserving our marketplace's open and level playingfield whilst protecting our Community of members. We have decided to change how bid history information is displayed so unscrupulous people cannot target bidders with fake offers using this information. In certain cases, some bidders will no longer be able to see other bidder's User IDs on the listing page. Your User ID will be shown only to you and the seller of the item you're bidding on. Other members will see an anonymous name, such as Bidder 1, Bidder 2 etc.
If you go to the list of bidders and hover the mouse over View, a box pops up telling you the range of their feedback and how long they've been a member.
Not strange, just Ebays stupid idea to hide bidding ID's on items over £100. This is a security measure to prevent them getting dodgy second chance offers from spammers.
Unfortunately it hides shilling as well.
I stand corrected Peter. An interesting concept but as Paul says, it will also 'mask' shillers too.
Someone here got a faulty 400d from them recently.
You can get a new one for £449,
So Canon must be laughing all the way to the bank selling a refurbished one for £430 and no middle man.
There is a middle man. Canon are not selling direct. Canon outlet is not a part of Canon. Canon chose to use them to off load their returns.
Thats not my understanding. The Canon Outlet is Canon, but the operation is run by Digital River on behalf of Canon. It is still Canon selling direct, just through a distribution/e-services company.
I stand to be corrected though.
Interesting to look at the 'Bid Activity with this seller' the majority of the bidders seem to do a lot of business with this guy, either he's got a very faithful group of buyers or there's something 'interesting' going on.
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