First I will start with. I 'have' won auctions on this site and had the items successfully arrive at my home, all in tact and in good time. Lots of these items were worth more than the small credits I paid to win.
I've bid on digital items and received the info I won in somewhat good time and usually with feedback given. In the beginning you have a 80% chance of completely enjoying yourself on this site.
I have watched auctions by other Lisitians suspiciously go up in points like mad. Days before the auction is even close to ending, they will be in the thousands of credits. These range from decent items to absolute junk.
Confused? These people have up to three or more sub accounts/friends and are bidding themselves up to make sure the ending bid is a good one or to give themselves some great feedback.
Can you do this from the same computer as your selling account? No...Listia has IP tracking enabled. People are doing this via smart phones and other wireless connections that will give separate IP addresses.
Someone might try to respond with.. "They must be a trusted seller, so people flock to their auctions and actually bid"
My answer. No.. I have watched this happen on accounts with 1 to 3 positive feedback and seller claims of being a new account. Note: The items were not fantastic by any means of the imagination. In no way were they worth 30-100 dollars worth of credits. Plastic beads from Wal-mart, anyone? Only 30.00 dollars of your credits for this small handful.
How Fair Auctions Proceed. You list an item that is actually in good condition, might be a rare find. People click watch and they proceed to watch until the end of your auction. Then...at the last minute they bid and win your expensive item for a chintzy amount of credits that is not worth the amount of shipping you have to pay to send the thing to them, across country.
Remember: You have to buy or reuse shipping material, plus pay the post office + for tracking. If you do not pay for tracking, someone 'will' eventually claim you never sent it.
Can you list your Item for a set amount of credits? Yes, but not until you have earned your "seller wings" They make you have at least 5 successful sells/feedback before you can do this and people usually wait till the end to bid, rather than do "Get it Now".
End result:: The people who play fair and have good items, Leave Listia. I will no longer be listing my items there. Especially, not for fake money that is only good for one site.
If you are looking to sell your items and consider yourself a fair person. Please go somewhere else.
Buyers on Listia will whine if you want shipping. Beg you to do free, then proceed to rip you off by bidding a few credits.
You are then out a good item and the money it cost you to ship.
Go to Etsy and buy from the people there for unique items. They have to provide you with the item or LOSE their income making business.
Listia can not stop these scammers, they lose nothing, but you sure do.
Listia was a great idea, but they do not have the means to back up the rules and they absolutely have favorite "Sellers" that can do no wrong. They will even post in these special peoples listing of how fantastic their auction is. *coughs*
Listia encourages buyers to go for the free shipping auctions. "Read their rules" They will tell you how much you can fairly charge to ship an item. The shipping fees are unrealistic. Plus, people will not make fair bids on your item, if shipping is listed. Most of the time, they will not bother to open your link and look at the item.
The fact of the world is, that people want something for nothing. Even if it costs someone else to get it.