Just wanted to vent my spleen and see if others have had similar experiences.
I recently bid on a lens for my SLR camera. I spotted the auction about 6 days from completion - reasonable start price, no reserve, and the exact model of lens that I wanted. All was going quietly then somone bid. Just once. Opening bid, ~5 days from auction completion. Then the next day two others did the same, one bid each. All the while pushing the price up on a no-reserve auction.
Now for the frustrating bit: at auction close, these three initial bidders have not returned! Not once, unless they looked only. Why oh why do these people bid on something, bump the price up for us serious prospective buyers, and then never bid at the death? I've had this a couple of times and been annoyed that a prospective bargain has become just an OK deal. Is it just me? Is price-fixing on eBay widespread? Or have I just met some morons on my travels?