Sad and surprising that a respected dealer and collector of African coins and tokens has been caught out in clumsy shill bidding on eBay. Full details are on the South African online site Bid-or-Buy at the following link:
In June 2006, Scott Balson (tokensa1) sold a selection of tokens on eBay. There were a number of different auctions, including numbers 320005335637 and 320005334519, but I'll concentrate on auction number 320005333614, for a Strachan token, a type 2 florin.
The high bidder on this auction was another Australian bidder, ozkimb, who coincidentally lived in the same area of Queensland as Scott. A look at ozkimb's bidding history showed that she had bid on a few of Scott's auctions, and he had bid on several of hers. Which is naughty, as ozkimb was the eBay ID of Scott's wife.
Buyers and sellers she traded with confirmed her identity; and a reverse search on eBay using her email address from her web site (set up by Scott) also confirmed that this was her eBay ID.
This auction was discussed at length on the eBay Forums under the thread title "SHILL bidder ALERT". A number of eBay users reported the auction and the two IDs associated with it; as a result the auctions were pulled, and tokensa1 and ozkimb were swiftly kicked off eBay.
A look at the feedback for the two IDs shows that they have bid on one another's auctions since 2005.