I have never done anything on ebay but recently I have been trying to buy something. I have therefore got no 'history'. I have been bidding on a few things over the last week and I have found this: 1) No more than two bidders have entered including me 2) The other bidder always enters after I do 3) The auction is shut early I suspect that the other bidder is actually the seller (or a friend) simply trying to push my bid up to find out where my maximum bid is. Then they shut the auction because the bids are too low and I am the only bidder. The excuse has been that 'the item is either lost or has broken' Is this correct? Is it common practice?Is it within the rules? I have also seen auctions where the seller says that bidders with no 'history' will be deleted. How can you get a 'history' if you cant bid? Seems to me that most of what is occurring is simple profiteering and passing an item around from one seller to be sold on to another seller, excluding the genuine buyer who is interested in the product rather than the profit within that product.