Item is listed. Auction is stopped with a little over 12 hours to go and with 6 bids (on the low side so far) already on it - using the "error in listing" scenario. Item is then re-listed (exactly the same of course, minus two pictures), but with a series of these asterisked bids that conceal identity immediately running up the price. Initial listing: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=260176851819&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=016 Relist: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260179152090 If so...they just lost a potential customer. The original poster requested this be added to his initial post. Edit: I was misinformed about the new private identity-"asterisk thing" and how it's currently implemented on Ebay (many thanks to MikeyH). I would like to strike that aspect of my original post. That is, regardless of my feeling on the seller pulling his original auction early (i.e. my negative opinion still stands), these new bids are indeed legitimate in the new listing. My sincere apologies for the "shill bidding" assumption. 11/6 2:05 EST.