Last year I had a similar experience. No names mentioned, but contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish. Jim.
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Forward the pertinent information to Audiogon. They can track the IP addresses as to who placed the bids, etc... Believe it or not, Arnie and the others are trying to do their best to make this site as enjoyable and reliable as possible. In order to do this, they need to know about unethical members or dealers. The only way that anybody will ever know for sure if these situations are "shill bidding" is to do some follow-ups. Do us all a favor and take the time to make them aware of what happened. Sean
I was once in an eBay auction for a car when the same thing happened. In my case the "winning bidder" retracted with 5 minutes left after bidding the car up. I complained about this "shill bidding" (which is very illegal) and to my surprise eBay caught the guy and barred him. Please take Sean's advice and get the IP address tracked. If the shill is smart, he used a different computer, if he's not ... well hopefully Agon can find him. And if the IP is from a different city, well then you might want to take the speakers. --Lorne