I’ve got a feeling that this is a widespread problem at eBay.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Eight eBay sellers were ordered to pay nearly $90,000 in restitution and fines after admitting they bid up products online to inflate the prices.
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said more than 120 people will receive restitution in the settlement of the three cases, which wrapped up last week in state courts.
Spokesman Darren Dopp said the cases stemmed from specific complaints, but the office has not conducted a broad investigation of the online auction industry and doesn’t know how widespread the practice of phony bidding is.
One buyer, Brad Clarke, 48, of Peachtree City, Ga., already has received a check for $3,089 after overpaying for a 1999 Jeep Cherokee sport utility vehicle he bought on eBay from a New York seller in 2002.
“I’d always been suspicious because it seems like an easy thing to do, to just keep bidding up,” Clarke said. “But I was still just completely shocked and very surprised.”I’m neither shocked nor suprised…