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Case Gin Bottle Ca. 1780-1850, Pigsnout Marked X on Base

$95.00 Buy It Now 23d 21h, $10.00 Shipping, 14-Day Returns

Seller: b24d (3,093) 100%, Location: Allensville, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US, Item: 323071286795 A beautiful case gin or chemical bottle with an X on the base, best seen if you stick a small LED light in the snout and look at the base. 9 1/4" tall with no damage and hardly any scratches. Some wear on the four points of the base. This one is shot full of bubbles, none burst on the outside or inside as far as I can tell. The neck is a little longer than others I've seen. I apologize for requiring immediate payment on Buy It Now items. The reason for it is that there are a couple of individuals who have nothing better to do than disrupt other sellers’ auctions. These individuals also post many auctions, starting at $0 .99 or $9.95, and use fraudulent and illegal shill bidding scams to obtain a high price on their items. Some of these shill scams have been going on for years. These crooked sellers either have a network of accomplices or several fake accounts on eBay. After an initial bid is made the shill bidder bids in small, repetitive increments to raise the price to the “straight” bidders’ maximum bid amount. This helps raise the bid price and minimizes the risk of the seller winning the auction. If they do end up buying their own item they may relist it at a later date. Another option for the crooked seller is an accomplice who relists the item under their account name. Shill sellers may also open several bogus accounts with eBay using different names and financial information than the ones they use for their primary seller account. These crooks can also mislead you by entering different or vague “Item Locations” to confuse the issue. Examples: Dallas TX, Palm Beach FL, or simply United States When a shill bidder is reported to eBay the CS rep. only looks for names and credit cards on the primary account and the reported shill account. If there is not an obvious match, the shill report is apparently disregarded. I say this because an eBay CS rep. stated this to me during a phone call about a high volume account that looked very, very suspect. There are several ways for buyers to protect themselves and spot the shill bidding scams. There are patterns to look for such as an unusually high number of bids on the item, or the bid amounts reach a “market” price or higher very quickly. Auctions with a starting price of $0.99 or $9.95 may or may not be a clue, but there are few sellers who take the risk of starting an auction on a valuable collectible or antique at such a lowball starting price. There are many honest $9.95 start price auctions, but If you suspect shill bidding, here are some tools to help you spot them. If you have a suspect, click on the blue or purple notation (example: 14 bids) directly above the blue PLACE BID box in the upper part of the auction page. This brings up a bidding history report where the buyer names are coded ex: a***1 beside a black number in parentheses. This number is the feedback score of the buyer/bidder and can be used to identify each unique bidder. Then, look for repetitive bids one after the other by the same bidder score ex: (24), or several bids scattered within the list by this same feedback number. Click on the blue bidder ID Ex: a***1 and this will take you to a report showing lists of bids in this month and an analysis. The report result you want to look at is “Bid activity (48%) with this seller”. A high number (15% to 100%) indicates that there is a possibility that the bidder may be a shill bidder worthy of more analyses. Another tip-off might be one or more bidders with (0) or very low feedback. However, you might also see very high feedback scores, friends, relatives, cohorts, bidding for the seller to raise the price. There are also other secrets to spotting shill bidding which I do not want to disclose. I am adding this to my auction only for the purpose of giving a tool for eBay members to protect themselves. These are many honest $9.99 auction sellers out there, but to keep this a safe venue, members need to know that no one or no company can completely protect you if you do not do your research. Some people rationalize or accept shill bidding because the buyer has the choice to bid or not bid on an item. “What is wrong with a seller raising the price on their item if the buyer is willing to pay it….. he is not paying more than he/she would have paid because the crook is “offering” the price? Well… was offered as an “auction”, an agreement to sell at a price to be set by independent bidders, and the seller has the legal responsibility to honor that bid price. Shill bidding is illegal in most states, it is similar to “bait and switch”, and it is theft by deception. Simply put, it is stealing. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Condition: Used

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