Note: Sorry, RG Jigsaw not Jem, mods please edit if you can
Just a short warning about someone on the bay who has blatantly been part of a fraudulent shill bidding scam that I was affected by recently.
The item was up for sale from seller "2hightower" within the UK.
I bid on the item from about £700 upwards to £900, every single time I placed a bid it would increment by 20 quid suggesting I was bidding under someone elses highest bid.
Eventually I reached £900 and the guitar sold for £920, as I'd hit my cap, I stopped bidding.
I then get a message less than 24 hours later offering me a chance at the guitar because the "winning bidder would not contact them". Seeing as you're meant to leave 2 weeks grace period before attempting an unpaid item strike this smelt fishy from the start. Not another "last chance" offer using ****, just a direct verbal message.
The conversation then went along the lines of
"the winning bidder will not contact me, make me an offer on the guitar?"
"sure, tell me if taking the p*ss here, i'll offer £750 for it, lets negotiate on a price"
"yes you're taking the p*ss, I wont take anything less than £1,200 for it and then it's a bargain"
So er... the guy just msged me within 24 hours of the sale ending claiming the winner bidder would not contact them and then tried to sell it to me for £300 more than the final price on the bay.
Clear case of complete and utter auction rigging and abuse. I'm willing to bet my life the bastard started to panic when the guitar was going to sell for £650 quid and then slapped a massive bid up to the reserve he wanted using another account. Possibly another one of his or a friends.
Clear dishonest case of shill bidding, verging on fraudulent behaviour and I'd suggest if anyone comes into contact with "2hightower" they stay as far away as possible. I sympathise with the fact the guitar was going to go for less than he wanted, but it's his own damn fault for not setting a reserve on the auction. The controls are there and the outright dishonest nature of this guy is shocking.
Clearly lying to me about the non paying so called "winner" and the way I was contacted within 24hours, to me, is outright proof of the person's dishonesty. You have been warned.