shill v, n.
Peter Rexford, "Trading On-line: Let Collector Beware," Sacramento Bee, July 17, 1999
''The thing that would scare me is you have no idea whether the bids are legit or not,'' said Lonie Buchner, who runs Private Collections auction house in Osprey. ''They can keep bumping the bid. It could be the seller himself.''
An auction house that is based in Florida, whether it functions through the Internet or through live bids, must be licensed by the state, and would fall under state laws against shilling, according to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation in Tallahassee.
''Admittedly, the prospect of an Internet auction would raise some new questions in the regulation and law,'' said Doug Phillips, a spokesman for the department.
Regarding shill bidding, eBay spokeswoman Jennifer Chu said: ''We have stated a policy, and it is a strict policy, that anyone who is caught shill bidding is suspended from eBay for 30 days as a first warning. Second offense is removal from the site permanently.''
Michael Pollick, "Auctions fastest-growing form of Net commerce," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, February 8, 1999
Marian Burros, "Lots of Antiques on Line, but Not Many Rules," The New York Times, November 12, 1998