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Old 03-11-2005, 11:25 AM   #41
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Hey... I just went back to the ebay site again to see what I was missing.... Somebody caught on. The stamp is down to $7.00!. WHomever was investing in life ins. policies over ins. better rethink!. Live long and stamp!
hmmm....its showing it closed at 49.XX

I don't know why people pay what they do for things but it could be (if this is a real bid and not someone trying to help out the seller) that they had this stamp in the past and just badly wanted it.

I've never understood why people pay what they do for things...but to each their own....its their money and not mine LOL
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Something is definitely fishy with the stamp. It is back on the list of seller's items for just $7 with the loosing bidder being the only one to bid on it.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:02 PM   #43
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or anybody see an image of the virgin mary or christ in it?? LOL
Too funny!

Maybe they are hoping it will become more valuable over time??? That is just INSANE!!!!

ETA: I hadn't read all the posts before i answered...It looks/sounds like a scam to me-I wish people would just be honest and cut out all this crap....
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What a scam! I did a search on all the auctions postalgirl has bid on in the past 30 days and check out who the seller is for all the auctions! LOL!

http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...rows=25&sort=3

What I don't understand, is that if postalgirl is actually the seller, doesn't she end up paying high final value fees?

Grrrr...I don't like people not playing by the rules!
Ok yeah that is weird, she has only had an account since the end of Feb and she has only bid on items from this seller, that is odd..I thought maybe it was just a fluke before but this does look suspicious.
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Right, and for as many bids as postalgirl has, she's never left or received any feedback.

This is just terrible.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:14 PM   #46
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I just checked the sight where the stamp sold for $49 and there is another stamp for sale and it ends 3/13. So far it is $7....wonder what that will go for. I would have to agree my husband would be very upset if I bought a stamp like that for $50.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:32 PM   #47
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what's really really interesting is...

the first auction started on 3/4 and ended on 3/11
an eBayer named bjeanne0 was bidding aggressively against postalgirl up until the final bid of $49+ when postalgirl won

the second auction for the the same exact item started on 3/6 and ends on 3/13 and once again bjeanne0 has placed the first bid for $7

this definitely sounds fraudulant

I feel badly for bjeanne0, she may not understand what's going on
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It's money laundering....



...in a small way.

Same seller. Same buyer. Elevated merchandise. Nickel and dime stuff. Funny.
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Or.....


spew alert!

seller is a hooker by day, and needs to explain the $$ to her DH.

so she creates postalgirl, her alter ego.

she lists items, only to sell them to herself.

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Old 03-11-2005, 01:31 PM   #50
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LOL. Too funny, i've got this stamp in my basement. The box is full of stamps that i don't use very often. If DH only knew, he'd probably make me sell the lot of them. Hmmm, more money for SU goodies.? I may have to rethink my "standing firm" position on keeping all my stamps.
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I think I saw those at the dollar store in my neighborhood the other day!!!!
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what's really really interesting is...

the first auction started on 3/4 and ended on 3/11
an eBayer named bjeanne0 was bidding aggressively against postalgirl up until the final bid of $49+ when postalgirl won

the second auction for the the same exact item started on 3/6 and ends on 3/13 and once again bjeanne0 has placed the first bid for $7

this definitely sounds fraudulant

I feel badly for bjeanne0, she may not understand what's going on
I don't understand what the purpose would be for the seller to bid against herself as Postalgirl and have Postalgirl win? Isn't that defeating the purpose of running the bids up?
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what's really really interesting is...

the first auction started on 3/4 and ended on 3/11
an eBayer named bjeanne0 was bidding aggressively against postalgirl up until the final bid of $49+ when postalgirl won

the second auction for the the same exact item started on 3/6 and ends on 3/13 and once again bjeanne0 has placed the first bid for $7

this definitely sounds fraudulant

I feel badly for bjeanne0, she may not understand what's going on
Maybe its bjeanne0 that's bidding it up until the other person bids high and gets it. I wouldn't have paid 1/10 of the amount for that stamp. Pretty, but nondescript.
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One of two things.... either the people bidding on this have more money than brains.... or anybody see an image of the virgin mary or christ in it?? LOL
Hysterical!
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I think she was smoking crack when she placed that bid!

Some people are NUTS! Shapes & Shadows go for $40.00 yeaterday!
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:05 PM   #56
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I just saw the art of life for $49. I want that stamp set but I think we still have to eat this week!
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what's really really interesting is...

the first auction started on 3/4 and ended on 3/11
an eBayer named bjeanne0 was bidding aggressively against postalgirl up until the final bid of $49+ when postalgirl won

the second auction for the the same exact item started on 3/6 and ends on 3/13 and once again bjeanne0 has placed the first bid for $7

this definitely sounds fraudulant

I feel badly for bjeanne0, she may not understand what's going on
I don't understand what the purpose would be for the seller to bid against herself as Postalgirl and have Postalgirl win? Isn't that defeating the purpose of running the bids up?
Michelle, I think the hope is that if bjeanne0 really wants the stamp and this "ficticious" bidder keeps bidding higher and higher that bjeanne0 will continue to bid higher and higher effectively increasing the selling price. It's the equivalent of seeing how high the real bidder is willing to go. Obviously for the seller/fake bidder it's risky because there is the chance that the real bidder will stop bidding and the fake bidder will win the auction. It appears that this is exactly what happened because low-and-behold the seller reposted the auction.

Sad, gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "buyer beware".

A few months ago guilty verdicts were handed down to 10+ individuals doing exactly this on eBay. I believe they were selling antiques. The fines and penalties were in the 6 digits and many frauded buyers were reimbursed.

Sad that people turn such a good idea into such a bad thing.
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You have got to be kidding me! It's obvious this person is not the sharpest tool in the shed! One trip to Hobby Lobby would have saved them at least $45.00!
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:20 PM   #59
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just kidding - i've gotta go now, i'm going to look through my drawers for any flower bouquet type stamps. hahaha
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My guess would be its an old one so therefore probably long since discontinued. also its a PSX stamp and they have recently ceased trading therefore once all these stamps are gone they are gone, personally I wouldnt give you a $ for it LOL not my style.

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for someone who is the winning high bidder for over 8 auctions, (another 5 waiting to close) to still have a '0' after her name, and no comments/feedback just screemes of fraud.

And you need to check this out:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=8174706332

Take a look at the bid history.




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omg I have this stamp....I didn't realize it was worth so much......it was one of my first stamps! hmmmmmmmmmm I am thinking .....I can sell it for this much...just think of all the SU stamps I can get!!!!!
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I just peeked at the auction. Both the seller and shill bidder are no longer registered users... it looks like she got caught! Excuse me while I gloat. It's so satisfying to see dishonest eBayers removed from the system.







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I just saw the no longer registered users thing too. HEHEHEHEHEH Now if only they could shut down Hidelee.!!!
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It's called shill billding and is illegal on ebay. If ya notice, the seller and the buyer are now no longer registered users and were booted off ebay for doing it.

What happens is the buyer either gets a friend to overbid on an auction or sets up several accounts and places fake bids with them. Stupid people look at the auction and think "Wow! This is really a hot item! I MUST have it!" and bid on it. The value of the item is artificially inflated.

This time I think she just got mega greedy! Almost fifty bucks for a stamp? Someone must have reported her and she is no longer a seller.
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I just peeked at the auction. Both the seller and shill bidder are no longer registered users... it looks like she got caught! Excuse me while I gloat. It's so satisfying to see dishonest eBayers removed from the system.
YEA! Shill bidders stink! I wonder how many of us reported that seller?

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