bkd at GRAPHNET.COM
Thu Jun 8 08:23:34 UTC 2000
From: Bapopik at AOL.COM <Bapopik at AOL.COM>
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Thursday, June 08, 2000 12:24 AM
Subject: Shill Bidding; The Art of Eating Well
> The FBI announced today that it's looking into "shill bidding," or "self
bidding," on eBay. That's when friends bid on their own stuff to drive up
the price. It's illegal.
> The term is not in the online OED.
On Lovejoy, this was called 'a ring', as in a ring of friends, accomplices,
cohorts, what have you, who would bid up the price at auction. Of course, I
have no idea how closely the TV series hewed to the written source, and how
accurately the books described the dodgy side of the British antique
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