eBay seller convicted for bidding on his own stuff

20 April 2010

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In what is believed to be a UK first, an eBay seller has been convicted for making shill bids on an item he was selling in order to bump up the price.

Charges were brought against Paul Barrett of Stanley, Co. Durham when North Yorkshire Trading Standards alerted eBay when they learned that he had been selling a minibus with an illegally-reduced mileage.

Barrett was selling the minibus under the account name of ‘shanconpaul’ and upping the bidding with another account, ‘paulthebusman’ and was hit with ten charges covering misleading marketing and unfair trading breaches.

eBay speakslady Vanessa Canzini, said that Barrett’s shenanigans were: "morally unacceptable” telling Sky News, “It is wholly inappropriate that people think it is acceptable or fair to artificially raise the price on an item they're selling online.”

It’s a heinous crime and Barrett could find himself stung with fines totalling £50,000. But now it’s quiz challenge time for you, dear readers and lurking pedants – see if you can write a sentence that includes the phrase “acceptable or fair” along with the words ‘eBay’ and ‘Paypal.’

Do it!

18 comments

  • TheIllegitimateSonOfGun
    Surprised the guy felt inclined to use ebay, given their monstrous fees. Although I wouldn't be selling a dodgy motor in the first place. Put it up for scrap next time and be happy with a few hundred, dumbfuck!
  • Me
    EBay and paypal fees are in no way acceptable or fair. There you go, do I win a prize?
  • Skymarshall
    That's not a quiz, it's a challenge. Also, it's an easy challenge, as you have not stated whether the sentence need be positive or negative. You wouldn't find this incompetence on my airline..
  • Andy D.
    Thanks Skymarshall - duly edited!
  • andy y.
    an auctioneer can pretend that bids have been placed to create competition ,so why is shilling an offence?
  • Nobby
    Note that for all the bollocks ebay goes on about their shill detection software, he was not caught by them.
  • JGN
    No-one forced any of the other bidders to put in the bids that they did, so what's the problem? All it does is generate a bit of articial interest from other people. I do it all the time using girlfriends account from her house and defiantely wont be stopping.
  • Nobby
    @JGN yeah, it is so easy to get round it, using other people's PCs or PC at home and work.
  • Cashley S.
    I was convicted for making the worst website of all time.
  • PIKEY
    ALL HES GOT TO DO IS GET A FRIEND TO SAY HE WAS USING THAT ACCOUNT TO BID BECAUSE MATEY WANTED TO SEE IF HE COULD MAKE MORE MONEY RATHER THAN SELL TO A FRIEND BUT FRIEND WENT UP TO HIS BID LIMIT.
  • Mike
    Auctioneers frequently take bids 'from the wall' although it's a cunty thing to do, it is frequently done. Lowering the mileage, now that's a fair cop. Crush it; it's the only way they'll learn
  • Gareth H.
    it is acceptable to say that ebay are a bunch of money swilling whore mongering tossers and fair to say that paypal is the bitch sister, eager and and willing to rape you after an auction.!
  • issac h.
    Fill it with ebay executives and then crush it, that'll teach em
  • A N.
    eBay and PayPal are the scum of the earth.
  • JGN
    paypal isnt just a sister to ebay, its some kind of illegitimate self sibling, created by the hermaphrodite that is ebay pumping a ball load up it's own gulley. 10% Final Value Listing Fee 5% Paypal Fee = daylight robbery
  • Avid
    Ebay and Paypal suck balls. Sorry. I know it's not what you were looking for, but it's as close as I could get.
  • Nobby
    > paypal isnt just a sister to ebay, its some kind of illegitimate self sibling, No, PayPal is a bit like Madonna's kids. Bought from someone else, then thoroughly spoilt.
  • Mesa A.
    What the he77 are these people talking about. It's like you goofs didn't even read the post. Get with the picture already!

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