1 pound auctions BOT OR WHAT ??

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Kitten
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1 pound auctions BOT OR WHAT ??

Post by Kitten » 2 months ago

Ok, I want to know what is going on with the £1 auctions. Continuously a certain person by the initials SW, is bidding outrageous amounts on items, I mean rings that normally go for maybe £10, his or her bid is £60. Even seen the person bid over and over on the same item. This person is either totally rich or a bot. I give up on this site. No one has a chance of getting anything.... :? :shock: Goodbye TJC, was fun while it lasted!!
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goldie
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Post by goldie » 2 months ago

I absolutely agree that bots are used. I used to think that it was bidders who just wanted to stop other people buying but it’s just too predictable for that and absolutely NO ONE would be prepared to give up that much of their time and show no sign of getting bored with it. It’s the same initials all the time. The rot really set in when the full names were removed although there was some before that and then they stopped showing previous bids . All this was done in the name of making it more user friendly. Not for me it’s not. It’s not worth the trouble now.
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goldie
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Post by goldie » 2 months ago

I believe it’s called shilling but maybe someone more tech savvy than I am would know more.
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Post by Cazzie » 2 months ago

Yes you used to be able to get some bargains on the £1 auctions but not any more sadly. And postage is too high for more than 1 item. Who would pay £7.99 a month for unlimited "free" postage ? How much jewellery can you buy? Unless you're a dealer of course.
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Post by ladybug » 2 months ago

Hi All. Excuse my ignorance but what do the initials b.o.t. mean. As far as the auctions are concerned. I look, make my top bid and if it's outbid I don't get into a bidding war and yes, I would agree the final prices are getting higher. Is there the possibility that with lockdown some people have too much time on their hands, are bored but have a bit more money to dispose of? Have to admit I've often thought some repeating initials are traders, but it's usually the lower in quality items they are going after. If I've offended anyone with this comment, please accept apologies as I don't mean to offend.
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goldie
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Post by goldie » 2 months ago

Hi, If you google BOTS IN AUCTIONS or SHILLING that will explain it.
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ladybug
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Post by ladybug » 2 months ago

Thanks Goldie will do.
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Post by binny » 3 weeks ago

i have seen SW bidding too but now a few more are bidding higher than what things are worth... also its strange that i have won items and then put them in my bag but then they are gone to someone else... we've both won at the same price and ive pressed bid bid bid til the end but still lost the item... when i complained to TJC they said that the other person must have bid after me but thats impossible as i was constantly pressing my bid button..... very strange??
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Post by goldie » 3 weeks ago

I’ve seen auctions being “won” for twice the price they are offered on site. I’ve also experienced what you describe. Also items where there’s definitely only one left “won” over and over . It’s become so obvious they r preprogrammed that they don’t even bother denying it any more. I guess they’ll keep doing it until everyone stops bidding completely. Removing names of bidders was the first step and then not showing bids. When they did show bids I regularly saw the same bidder bidding against herself with no one else involved in auction. It’s so obvious you’d think they’d be shamed into stopping but not a bit of it.
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Post by Maverick » 3 weeks ago

Hi there, yes I've noticed this aswell it's always SWbut now a few others but especially SW this person bids items up way past what they can be bought for in tjc shop and bids on nearly everything. Also im getting really fed up of winning items, then they are on my list of won items then when i go to pay they have disappeared, it's always when i win good items at a good price I've noticed.😒😳🧐🤔🤯
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