eBay seller convicted for bidding on his own stuff
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.’