Grabaseat dodgy auctions?
stand by my earlier post that the Grabaseat site is a dogs breakfast, it’s gone from a tidy simple uncluttered site to a messy, cluttered multi windowed, flashing sign affair that looks like K’Road and is just a pain in the arse to use.
I noticed today (it’s been there a while, but I only just noticed it) that they are doing auctions for flights from $1 reserve. So I clicked on the link and got taken to sella.co.nz auction web site. Why you wouldn’t go with the market leader (trademe.co.nz) is beyond me.
There looked like some good deals going and a fair bit of bidding… it looked good until I noticed that the flights on offer seemed to have the same few people bidding on every auction. In particular a recently registered user ‘whitepele252’. Now I could just be a bit cynical here, but I’ve seen this stuff happen on trademe with sellers using other names to push their auctions up. Now either ‘whitepele252’ is just so keen to get the hell out of NZ they’re trying on everything that moves, or it’s something else going on. This user seems to pull out of every auction once it gets above a fairly high level, that in itself is not cause for suspicion, but on all but one of the flights on offer this user is trying to go to Vancouver, London, Hong Kong and a number of other places, which is a bit odd.
Could it be a dodgy bidder?
Pop over to http://www.sella.co.nz/user/4m59l6/grabaseat-air-new-zealand/ and take a look…
And who knows, if you strike a day when user ‘whitepele252’ isn’t pushing the price of every auction up, you might get yourself a deal!