On 8/18/2003 6:32 PM, Ian Mapleson wrote:
> Greetings all!
>
> I wasn't going to post about this, but the more I thought about it the more
> I wondered whether this was allowed under Ebay rules. I did email the seller,
> but received no reply. Here is the auction:
>
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=11223
>
> For those who for some reason can't access the page, it's for a 16xR12K/400
> Origin3400 rack server with 16GB RAM and lots of other goodies, on offer at
> a starting price of a mere $1000 with no reserve. Bargain of the year? Well,
> no, 'fraid not. Underneath the main picture it says:
>
> Buyer will pay $50,000.00 USD PLUS the winning auction bid amount.
>
> ??? Is this allowed? Seems distinctly dodgy to me, ie. if some poor sod
> doesn't notice this comment and places a bid. Note that immediately
> underneath it then says:
>
> Starting bid is $1000.00 and there is NO RESERVE.
>
> To me, this two comments are contradictory, at least in the spirit of what
> an auction is supposed to be.
>
> But maybe I'm wrong and this type of auction isn't uncommon. I've just never
> come across it before.
>
> Thoughts anyone?
>
> Ian.
>
> PS. Strange, I could have sworn there *was* a single bid before the
> auction ended, but now that the auction has finished the page says there
> were no bids. Hmmm.
>


I saw this a couple days ago and also thought it was over the line.
There was a single bid - probably from someone who didn't realize that a
bid for $1000 was actually for $51000.