I was looking at a watch on Ebay, which I didn't win the bidding on. Someone else got it for $200. 2 weeks later, the same watch is up for bidding starting at $99. I did some research into the people involved and it seems the current seller and the last winner seem to do a lot of business with each other. I assume it's a shell bidder situation, but can't be sure. Maybe 1 person won it, sold it to his friend who now is putting it up for auction....but I doubt it. So what I'm wondering is (assuming the initial seller had nothing to do with any scam) what did the first buyer do to the watch to make it worth less? Are there interior parts he could have swapped out or something? I know absolutely nothing about vintage watches, I'm only interested in the origin for my "North Tonawanda" collection.
First sale: http://cgi.ebay.com/1886-Elgin-Priva...em230095494183
Buyers dealings with new seller: http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAP...erid=jed456123 Notice MJean987 deals with jed456123(this watch not sold via ebay between the two)
Watch back again (For less?): http://cgi.ebay.com/ANTIQUE-ELGIN-HU...em300089896312
Looking for help from anyone who knows what they're doing. Is it just a matter of the second guy figuring he can get more than the first guy did? Did they rip out the innards?