The reason I hate auctions on eBay is because it's relatively easy to get scammed. The seller can have a friend bid on an item they are selling so the price can be hiked. Some sellers I've heard can create a separate account so they can bid on the items they sell themselves. While it's relatively easy to identify shill bidders who pose as buyers by taking a look at their bidding history, it's not worth it because you'll spend too much time on it. While auctioning is dying off on Ebay, for those of you who've bought items there in the past, did you ever fall victim to shill bidding? Pay more than what an item's worth because shill bidders drove the price up?