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Ebay Mystery Auctions

Discussion in 'Expert Witnesses & Investigators' started by DB93, Apr 4, 2008.

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  1. DB93

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    There is a category of auctions on eBay called "Mystery Auctions".

    In a certain type of mystery auction, the seller divides up the auction into multiple "eCards" which are bid on (i.e. 1/4, 2/4, etc.). One of these eCards wins a prize after the auction is complete. I have a son who participates frequently in these types of auctions, but I am wondering some of the legalities.

    If, say Auctioneer X sells four tickets, and his friend bought one of them, couldn't he just have his friend leave feedback saying he "won"?

    Here is the mandatory eBay disclaimer on all mystery auctions:

    As per Ebay rules: This is not a Lottery, Game of Chance/Skill, Raffle, or ANY form of Gambling. Participants are bidding on the E-envelopes/empty boxes and the E-envelopes/empty boxes only . Anything inside the E-envelopes/ empty boxes is a gift from me.

    Here is an example of the type of auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/mystery-auction...yZ102534QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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