Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread Jim Leonard
Dan Chisarick wrote: Evil? Immoral? Risky? All of the above. It's called shilling on ebay, and gets you booted'n'banned. Not in favor of it. :) -- Jim Leonard ([EMAIL PROTECTED])http://www.oldskool.org/ Want to help an ambitious games project?

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread Dan Chisarick
Not quite. The idea is that no outsider bids on the item. The goal is to get people who have these items to list them when they see the (bogus) selling price, not bilk a poor collector (or wealthy one as the case may be). No one actually pays the 'winning' amount. The only safe way (not

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread C.E. Forman
Despite the amount of thought I put into it, I do not plan (nor do I advocate) doing this. Bad idea. Very wrong. Don't do it. I have to agree. Pretending to sell something you don't actually have is dishonest, regardless of whether you take any money for it in the end. If anyone got word

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread Jim Leonard
Dan Chisarick wrote: Not quite. The idea is that no outsider bids on the item. Doesn't matter -- it's still deception to raise the price of an item. Just because *that one auction* doesn't sell at the higher price doesn't mean that others won't. It's artificial price fixing. (slaps Dan on

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread Stephane Racle
And it goes on every day in a number of industries. :-) Jim Leonard wrote: Dan Chisarick wrote: Not quite. The idea is that no outsider bids on the item. Doesn't matter -- it's still deception to raise the price of an item. Just because *that one auction* doesn't sell at the higher price

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephane Racle wrote: And it goes on every day in a number of industries. :-) Yes, but that doesn't mean it has to go on in ours. This mailing list has several prominent people of the software collecting movement as members, and I don't think it's a stretch to say that, if we all acted in

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread Stephane Racle
I didn't mean to imply that it should, and I'm with you on this. I just thought it was a funny juxtaposition of words: It's artificial price fixing. (slaps Dan on wrist) That is, a lot of white-collar criminals only get a slap on the wrist. Stephane Jim Leonard wrote: Stephane Racle wrote: And

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephane Racle wrote: That is, a lot of white-collar criminals only get a slap on the wrist. Sad to say, that is true. :-( -- Jim Leonard ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) World's largest electronic gaming project:http://www.MobyGames.com/ A delicious slice of the demoscene:

Re: Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread ommail
/04/27 Tue PM 12:15:59 EDT To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical? Stephane Racle wrote: And it goes on every day in a number of industries. :-) Yes, but that doesn't mean it has to go on in ours. This mailing list has several prominent people

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: Stephane Racle wrote: And it goes on every day in a number of industries. :-) Yes, but that doesn't mean it has to go on in ours. This mailing list has several prominent people of the software collecting movement as members, and I don't think it's a stretch to say

[SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-26 Thread Dan Chisarick
Leveraging the phenomenon on ebay that one rare item selling for a wad of cash is usually followed by several more just like it, is it a possible strategy to 'sell' highly desirable vintage items amongst ourselves on ebay? We wouldn't actually transfer ownership of the goods, and sure there

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-26 Thread Tomas Buteler
It's certainly unethical, but I must confess I'm lured to the idea. Of course I don't really own anything that would loosely fetch those high prices, and wouldn't afford the items that are dug out by the unaware, so I couldn't do anything but watch you guys build up your collections (or fortunes