A starting bid of $119? WTF?!?!?
I would have started it at $1.19 (I love to start eBay auctions at odd
amounts and place odd-amount bids--most people don't even realize you
can do this and just bid in even dollar amounts). Too bad; the cars,
incomplete though they may be, actually look pretty nice. I'd top your
high bid there.
I just did. And *you* had better also!
There's a claim posted there that you're about to be suspended from
eBay for manufacturing fraudulent feedback, and that "these Trains are
We've had our differences, Dave, but I sort of doubt that you've been
faking your own eBay feedback ratings.
I suspect the seller is sending himself faked questions and answering
them as well, so if you *aren't* about to be suspended from eBay I'd
get in touch with them muy pronto and get that auction pulled.
Thanks for the heads-up. I saw that new message on the auction just
before I saw your post.
At this point, I'm going by the assumption that the seller posted that
message, and that they're just bluffing about trying to have me
suspended, as a way of refuting what I said in the comment of mine that
they posted. I'm not too worried about actually being suspended, but I
fired off a message to eBay customer support just in case.
All of which begs the question: why the hell did they post my comment in
the first place?
The saga continues....
Just called eBay customer support and informed them that the seller is
manufacturing his own fictional questions and answers.
They took a look at the auction and agreed that the 2nd question was
indeed manufactured to suit the seller, and demonstrated that it
*must* be the case because the seller replies "I've just heard back
from eBay about his imminent suspension", and that's an outright lie:
according to eBay they *never* share any such information, and would
be legally liable for damages if they did.
The guy I spoke to said he was forwarding the information on to their
fraud division for action -possibly tomorrow. He also said that this
was the first time he'd seen anyone try this particular scam, and he
agreed that the seller wasn't too tightly wrapped.
I guess we'll see what -if anything- happens.
Auction ended early.
This is really odd as the seller had 100% positive feedback and those
feedbacks are current (27 last month). Either the seller really
flipped their lid, aliens invaded their body or someone hijacked
Brass my a$$ - photos clearly show that the coach is made of wood!
Even more bizarre is the fact that they have several other active
listings. Some of the starting bids also seem to high to me. I also
saw questions and replies posted in another listing and everything
We live in a strange world full of strange people and I can say that
even looking in the mirror. :-)
On second though that boxcar isn't Athearn. It appears to be paper
sides. It might be Mantua as their very early stuff had paper sides with a
brass plate the sides were glued to. The gon looks a little like this type
of construction and might be Mantua also.
He got the name from the one package he had. That package might be the
couplers but I don't remember all the early couplers. It is possible that
the cars were copied from early US designs which would make the cars _just_
There were also Japanese kits with the same construction materials and
techniques. I have a couple, which I will build Real Soon Now. Maybe I
can then sell them on eBay as Really Rare Trains. ;-)
Boy, this has turned into something truly bizarre:
o I sent the seller a message, which they replied to and then posted on
o I sent the seller another message giving him credit for posting the
o I get another message from the seller, this time telling me "Your
feedback is BOGUS. I am contacting Ebay to suspend you and Hal."
o Puzzled, I shoot the seller another message telling them that I'm
totally puzzled about this comment.
o I check the auction again to see another comment posted there,
apparently referring to me:
I wanted to warn you against the Ebayer who just asked a question: his
feedback is manufactured and he is about get suspended for fraud. These
trains are rare!
So this raises several questions:
1. Who posted that second message above? Was it perhaps the seller themself?
2. Why did the seller post my (negative) comment in the first place?
3. How does the person who posted that comment figure that my feedback
is "manufactured"? (The last time I got feedback on *any* eBay
transaction was way back in April of '07, and I can assure that all of
my feedback was genuine: I have a 100% rating.)
4. Who the hell is Hal?
We'll see where this goes, and what comes of this attempt to have me
"suspended for fraud". (?!?!?)
Ah, I see you found it on your own...
My best guess is that you're dealing with an unbalanced person:
possibly an alcoholic or drug abuser.
(A) The very strange original opening bid of $300+ -that suddenly
changed to a less horrific but still irrational $100+, (B) the
seemingly out-of-sequence and out-of-context Q&A replies, and (C) the
fraudulent claims of your feedback ratings and your imminent
defenistration from eBay all speak of someone who isn't tracking
reality very well.
I'd contact eBay and point out their fraudulent claims if I were you.
(BTW: I just posted them to back your claim that the cars are neither
rare nor valuable. We'll see if they try something similar on me or
just ignore the post completely...)
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