There are good users and there are cheats...........same as here, on Yahoo-
I have bought many pieces of Swarovski off Ebay, but only deal with the professional sellers with Power seller ratings.
The scammers will have less then a 100% feedback, with many , many neutrals and negatives for feedback.
Always check their feedback to see what their customers say about them,.
There are a few who are notorious rip-off artists. In my world, (collecting Swarovski Crystal) there's a guy named BILL from Arizona....who's a straight up rip off artist. He's burned a lot of people. ....and he's well known as a rip off artist.
As for last second bids.........most of the pro's play that game. there's no point bidding in 5 days in advance........because some idiot will just "snipe" you in the last 30 seconds of the auction, not giving you time to up your bid.
often auctions will get 5 or 6 quick bids in the closing seconds of the auction.
Also, many sellers use other accounts and try to bid you up...........but when they go too high and get stuck with their own item,..........they send you a note saying the high bidder backed out, and you can still have it for your *last* bid.
F*** that. Most of the bids were probably from the seller themselves, trying to jerk you up in price.
Offer your FIRST bid......before you were FALSELY jacked up. Not the LAST bid.