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Old June 2, 2014, 11:44 PM   #1
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A suspicious MP5 auction on gunbroker

So this gun is currently up for auction. It is an MP5 Flemming sear gun. The buy now is $29,000. There is currently, as of this writing, a bid of $27,000, but reserve not met.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=419379477

Last week, this exact same gun was up for auction, but had NO RESERVE. The bid, last I saw, was much lower than the buy now. I am not sure of the exact winning bid, but for most of the auction the winning bid was much less than market value, around $20,000, and there seemed be be none of the usual movement on the bids. I am thinking that I am going to get a deal. On the final day, I start tracking the auction closely to start bidding, and lo and behold, I can't find the gun. I assumed someone just hit the buy now. Suspiciously, it reappears and now has a reserve price. Very suspiciously dishonest.
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Old June 3, 2014, 12:22 AM   #2
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the auction was never listed as ended. The gun wasn't listed as sold? It was stopped by the owner of the gun and restarted with a reserve. Correcting a mistake isn't suspicious.
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Old June 3, 2014, 06:23 AM   #3
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Maybe the original buyer backed out?
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Old June 3, 2014, 08:10 AM   #4
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The original seller got cold feet. He listed it without a reserve to attract attention, then, when it didn't meet his price point, he probably ended it himself.

This seller sells many of his MGs without reserve, especially his MP5s. Go on GB and look at the MG auctions. The no reserve auctions always gets more bids and attention. The reserve auctions often time get no bids (ie, the Jackson Armory auctions).

It isn't like it was up for one day with no reserve, and then he caught his mistake. It was up for over a week with no reserve, almost until the end.

Thats dishonest.
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Old June 3, 2014, 08:28 AM   #5
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It was stopped by the owner of the gun and restarted with a reserve. Correcting a mistake isn't suspicious.
Suspicious? No.
Completely shady and unethical? Yes.

The bottom line - seller didn't like how this one turned out, so tucked tail and ran. I guess seller likes all the attention his no-reserve auctions get.....but when it doesn't work out in his favor, he has no qualms about changing the rules mid stream. Exactly the same as a high-bidding dead-beat-non-paying buyer. No difference.
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Old June 3, 2014, 09:33 AM   #6
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Did a quick search of completed auctions.
Showed that gun listed from the 15th thru the 29th - 14 day auction, with a reserve.
Ended with a 24,000 bid that did not meet the reserve.

Seems legit from what I can see.

I believe that a seller loses the ability to change the auction to a different format once there is a bid. Same for pulling an auction.

Usual solution to 'protect' your outcome on a no reserve auction is to simply have a friend/good customer register and bid, and of course, not buy the item.

Even a family member works.
GB knows this goes on.
When they see the address of the non paying bidder is in the same city as the seller, well, do the math.
Since their profit comes from the seller (especially the high volume seller) , they tolerate it. They will still get their cut when it sells.

That only costs the seller the two dollar registration fee for the non paying bidder.

We have all seen auctions re-listed due to a non-paying bidder.
Ever wonder why the seller doesn't give the name (or even the GB handle) of the non-paying so and so?
And when you check the recent feedback on both parties, there is no negative feedback on anyone?
Now you know.

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Old June 3, 2014, 01:34 PM   #7
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I was watching this auction very closely. The old auction did not have a reserve. Something changed.

Anyways, I won't comment on this one any more. I was a little upset. It's his property, he can do whatever. Caveat Emptor.
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Old June 3, 2014, 01:59 PM   #8
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Someone should start a blog devoted to exposing shiftless Gunbroker sellers who use shills; fail to complete deals because they don't get their price; or claim "it just sold in my store" after someone bid, but before the auction ends.
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And despite having thought it suspicious, you probably didn't report it to Gunbroker, huh?
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Old June 4, 2014, 05:43 AM   #10
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The reserve auctions often time get no bids (ie, the Jackson Armory auctions).
LOL!! Jackson Armory. They need to change their motto to: "Another overpriced gun from Jackson Armory."
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Old June 4, 2014, 08:04 AM   #11
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Don't pick on Jackson Armory! They take great photos of their treasured guns. I often use them when I'm conducting some firearms research. BID ON ONE???? Now we're talking "stupid rich".
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Old June 4, 2014, 09:11 AM   #12
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Usual solution to 'protect' your outcome on a no reserve auction is to simply have a friend/good customer register and bid, and of course, not buy the item.
That's shill bidding and is bad form. It's also against site policy and, if they're caught, the seller can be banned.

GunBroker SHILL BIDDING POLICY

If a seller isn't willing to take what comes fairly and honestly... without backdoor manipulation... then they shouldn't have auctions with no reserves.

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Old June 4, 2014, 09:21 AM   #13
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I am pretty sure Jackson Armory just puts up their machine guns so that they can get attention and maybe a bit of free advertising, but that they really have no desire to sell their machine guns. I have never even seen a single bid on any of the Jackson Armory machine guns. I always crack up when I see their tag line, "Another Machine Gun from Jackson Armory". Makes me go LOL.
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Old June 4, 2014, 09:32 AM   #14
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I have never seen a single bid on anything of Jackson Armory's. But, their pictures are good.
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