I recently decided to put a few things for sale on ebay and researched similar auctions that had already ended in order to guestimate how much I might make. Due to frustration with ebay and the rising costs of items on ebay, I haven't used my account too much. I was, therefore, surprised during my searches when I noticed that in many of the auctions, usually ones ending in a higher price than I would have thought, there are bidders with names that start with a letter, followed by stars, and then by either a number or letters: l***2, g**l.
These bidders never seem to be the winning bidder, and instead of their names showing up as blue with a clickable link to their profile and feedback, they appear black and only link to a list of the categories they have previously bid on. At first I thought these were limited to one or two types of auctions, action figure collectibles, but now I am seeing them all over--from clothing, to bedding, collectibles...everything! Does anyone know if these are scammers, or if they are just shill bidding accounts?