I think it's a familiar story most of us share following LVC items at ebay in search of that nice and cheap deal. It's always a thrill to win something you're after for a while.
Lately I've been following my share of items due to a sudden (sad?) rush of itching for denim and even if it's difficult to find anything below W30, I'll keep trying. But all this attention brought to the fore a few fishy and nagging bits, about which, if some of you care, I'd like to hear your point. If you don't consider this adequate to this thread or find it in any way derogatory, judgmental or abusive, I apologize in advance, I'll do my best to avoid online pitfalls but I told you.
1st, a guy that bids mostly in new jeans (lvc, from what i've seen) be it in europe, usa or wherever, no matter what waist size. He never wins anything he just makes sure that everyone is kept honest. He never passes a certain amount, never goes until the end of the auction, anyhow he doesn't seem to want to buy anything but to make sure every seller gets a fair price for their jeans, a good samaritan after all, but also a guy that seems to subvert and falsifie the bidding spirit without much restraint. (as you can see below, ebay changes his alas from i***e (28) to a***8 (28) when you enter his details and for the sake of transparency :))
See him in action at 60 quid
and here at 90 quid, all different pairs, sizes, places, etc.
There's a few more examples but I think you've got the point. What do you think of this lvc samaritan?
- Another situation comes from a past known seller of lvc, stylecreep, that now sells under the name stylecreep outlet at ebay uk. The guy I mentioned before is also a regular at stylecreep auctions but only bids in new lvc jeans, but there is also another regular, this one a true lover of stylecreep items, all of them... His bidding activity with stylecreep is 93%, incredible... but unfortunately he never wins much with stylecreep, neither goes to the end of auctions... just another very good samaritan with loads and loads of "friendly" bids with this seller. His alas appear as a***m (283 or recently 286 feedbacks) but if you press his alas it appears as g***2 (see below). Ebay business is profit not transparency, we already knew that long ago.
Will not post further proof of the presence of this guy at stylecreep auctions because I guess y'all know how to conduct advanced searches at ebay.
-Finally stylecreep outlet sold these two pairs last week (below you can see the happy bidders mr 28 and mr 283/286), they were won buy the same guy but I've never had seen him at other auctions before. Conspicuously two pairs with same specs are today again for auction by stylecreep (at http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-34W-X-32L-LEVIS-VINTAGE-CLOTHING-1966-501-SELVEDGE-DENIM-JEANS-USA/292250932932 and http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-34W-X-32L-LEVIS-VINTAGE-CLOTHING-1955-501-SELVEDGE-DENIM-JEANS-USA/292250932529) which means either, they have loads of stock of the same items, improbable but not impossible, the guy didn't pay, he just had an adrenaline rush and went straight burning cash lvc's suddenly discovering he had to pay the rent, not at all improbable, and finally, just a little scam??? let´s hope not. Further research seems to show the same guy won five pairs of lvc's at stylecreep auctions but perhaps afraid of underbidding and losing some just overbid and finally refused the two bigger pairs. It can happen, but stylecreep could've gone to the 2nd higher bidder.
I bet we'll see the same ol' guys bidding again at these new auctions...
Sorry for the hassle and long post, I'm not an auction cop by any means, just do my research before buying and this one seems pretty interesting.