Originally Posted by knittieguy
Just so you know, conspiring is the right term here , and what you are talking about is highly illegal as a violation of the Sherman Act, section I of the antitrust laws. It is also called bid rigging. Your chance of getting caught is quite small, but people do go to jail for this sort of thing.
Wow...that's pretty hard to see! How is the fact that a very few guys--out of respect and friendship--try not to bid each other up when it's clear that one of them really wants the item and has put in a bid an example of conspiracy
? The intent isn't to keep the price low, but rather to see that a fellow forumer gets something he really wants, or, at least not to be the instrument of his not getting it. Others outside this tiny group are free to do as they wish. Let's not try to criminalize what amounts to pretty benign behavior aimed at seeing someone else happy.