Fraud Complaint Showtime Auctions Mik...

Fraud Complaint Showtime Auctions Mike Eckles

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Dr Thomas Jacobs

United States

#1 May 13, 2006
Fraud! I was the winning bidder on a lot in the Yagoda collection April 2006. I bid on ebay and was declared the winner. Numerous communications to Showtime Auctions by telephone and email went unanswered. One month later a communication from icollector arrived telling me I was not the winner but that the lot went to a floor bidder. Showtime Auctions has a dismal ebay rating (below 97%)and probably would be worse if ebay did not remove my ability to leave negative feedback for this item. How many other collectors bidding on ebay had their winning bids negated in favor of a floor bidder? We may never know. I confronted Mike Eckles at a recent show. He claims the problem is ebay's mistake. I told Mike Eckles that I am a major collector (I bid one item up to $18,000- about $10,000 above the amount it would have brought)and that I would never bid in his auction again no matter what he was selling. Anyone with bad experiences with Showtime Auctions can email me at: [email protected] Thanks for listening.
Mike Eckles

AOL

#2 Oct 18, 2006
We at Showtime Auctions am very sorry that Dr. Jacobs is so upset. The reason he is so upset is that one of his customers and friends was present at the auction and bid the same amount that Dr. Jacobs bid on ebay. Ebay history clearly shows that Dr. Jacobs stopped bidding. Since my Terms and Conditions clearly state that tie bids always go to the floor bidders who are there in person, Dr. Jacobs did not get the item. I contacted Dr. Jacobs after the auction and said I had talked to the winning bidder about selling the item to him. He said he wasn't interested in purchasing the item. All of the negative feedback on ebay for Showtime Auctions was a result of a shipping problem with a third party shipper in 2005. None of the negative feedback was directly related to Showtime Auctions. The shipping problem has been taken care of for future auctions. Should you wish to reach us at Showtime Auctions you can contact Mike Eckles at [email protected]
JCG

Montgomery, TX

#3 Dec 29, 2006
Its obvious there is danger on Ebay from bidding on things you won't get and especially bidding on things to drive the price up. That is a no no on Ebay. www.targetwatcher.com
Dan Lewis - Yorba Linda

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Oct 3, 2007
I don't know Dr. Jacobs, but I have dealt extensively with Mike Eckles and Showtime Auction Services over the past 5 years. I have found him to be honest and trustworthy and absolutely tops in the auction business which is not always honored with men of the highest reputation. I can understand Dr. Jacobs frustration as I had a similar experience but I was aware of the fact that floor bidders have the advantage on ties. Having read Mr. Eckles reply above, it would appear to me that he did everything he could to remedy the situation.
DJF-WA

Tacoma, WA

#5 Apr 6, 2008
I'm glad to hear other complaints about Showtime Auctions. With most auction's you sitting at home,have no idea that the bid you see on the screen is what is actually the real bid in person there at the auction site, there's some trust and honesty involved in that type of business. With Showtime once an online bid is involved the final bid is not the real bid,if you've noticed just as the lot closes the real final bid appears leaving no time what-so-ever for the online bidder to bid again. What they are doing is inflating the bid to try and induce another bid from the person who is bidding on-line. This happened to me, I bid on an item, item went higher, didn't bid on item anymore, but a few days later they had said I won said item, I refused and what saved me was the bid history showed a few more bids above my final bid. They were tring to get another bid out of me but in this particular case it backfired on them.We'll see in their upcoming auction if the've had a revelation and won't be sticking it to us many that can't attend in person.
Michael Eckles

AOL

#6 Apr 26, 2008
You could not be more wrong. I am not sure who you are because you will not post your name. However, you appear to have had an eBay problem in one of our past auctions and I can assure you that it was nothing Showtime Auctions did. We hire a fulltime facilatator to execute our eBay bids. They are icollector out of Canada and they are responsible for all internet bidding. If you would like their phone number, I would be happy to provide it. Because we sell about 90 lots an hour, it is hard for them to keep up with the bidding because people like you will not bid fast enough. I refuse to slow my pace down for eBay bidders. In fact we cater to our live audience. People who made the effort to come to the auction and bid live. And we extend a reduced Buyers Premium to them of 10% while charging the internet bidders 20%. There has been problems with eBay Live Auctions since its inception and in fact, they are doing away with this part of their business this year. Sometimes icollector will post a winning bidder on eBay when in fact the item went to the floor and sometimes the reverse happens. When you sell 2,000 lots in 3 days, there can and will be some glitches. For you to come to some ridiculous conclusion that you have made up in your mind is irresponsible and imature. If you would like to discuss this further, I am never afraid to give out my name, Michael Eckles. You can email me at [email protected] and I will email you back with my phone number.
Michael Eckles

AOL

#7 Apr 28, 2008
We just completed our most successful auction yet for Mr. George Cross in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There were over 500 people there in person bidding and there was not one complaint. In fact we had numerous compliments on our operation and the professional way we run our business. We find it ironic that two internet bidders from the west coast seem to have been able to have determined that we are not running an honest operation sitting at home in their underwear in front of their computers. One says he is a doctor when in fact he is nothing more than a dentist and the other one will not give his or her name. Go Figure!
Thorsten Bonn

Canada

#8 May 6, 2008
I represent iCollector and we have been helping Showtime Auctions with the online live auctions through eBay for a few years now. Only very few of our clients exhibit the level of personal involvement and integrity towards their online bidders - and Showtime is certainly one of them. We spend months before and after every auction to assure that descpitions and images are accurate, bidders get approved and taken care of individally and that once an auction is concluded shipping and billing is done with the utmost care. During the auction we often have a floor crowd of several hundred bidders pitched against a few thousand eBay bidders. Although the auctioneer is committed to get the best price for each and every item, it does happen to the occasional floor or online bid that it is overlooked or comes in too late once the item is sold. If a tie bid is reached, the rules awaqrd the item to the floor bidder, which is fairly common in the industry. At no point do we or Showtime allow online bids to be run up, so the only time you will see an asking bid that is slightly higher than the current floor bid, is when the increments are not fully aligned. That can happen because there is no way to change bid increments on the eBay software at 90 items per hour.
James Gibson

Springfield, MA

#9 Apr 14, 2009
I have had extensive business dealings with Mike Eckles and Showtime Auctions, and I can tell you that Mike and Showtime are among the most highly regarded and professional in their field. While such reputations take years to build, they also take very little time and effort to smear and impugn. Mike Eckles and Showtime Auctions can hold their heads high with pride in their significant accomplishments. The same cannot be said for all who have posted here.
mike davison

AOL

#11 Feb 21, 2010
the last item i bought at showtime auctions i did a write in bid. i got item for a lesser bid than my max. gee, how often does that happen? i was tickled with item. never called to say thanks, but i'm writing now. i'll bid again with no reservations. good people.
steve unger

AOL

#13 Jul 20, 2010
I bought an item at auction from icollector almost 2 weeks ago, and I can't get an invoice or even a response from them. Is this a legit. outfit?
Sam Tayar

Gatineau, Canada

#14 Mar 12, 2011
icollector is a fraud online auction house hiding behind a host of different corporations. I "won" 10 of 12 bids for original Dali's Picasso's etc at a fraction of the estimated values, approximately 2% of icollectors professional evaluations. Dali's were going for $60 while appraised for $40,000-$60,000! I offered to fly down to pay and pick up the originals. They insisted on payment 1st. I am still waiting for a call back - 3 weeks later. Oh yes I was sent a bill which included $8,000 late payment charges. Buyer beware. If it's too good to be..........
Not RealHappy

Dallas, TX

#15 Nov 29, 2011
icollector is a fraud online auction house hiding behind a host of different corporations. I "won" some original Dali's, Van Gogh, Picasso's etc at a fraction of the estimated values, approximately 2% of icollectors professional evaluations. Dali's were going for $60 while appraised for $40,000-$60,000!
Once I read this is a scam I did not pay and now they are trying to ruin my credit.
Lets stop these bastards.
Mark

United States

#16 Dec 1, 2011
Fraud!!!!!!!! Would NEVER bid on a Pioneer auction ( unless you want to be ripped off). I bid and won an auction for a set of coins (Murcury dimes). Listed were some that were not included. Convieniently missing from the list were of the rarest (and thus, most valuable) coins. I bid with the assumption they were included. The pictures provided had 2 coins in the rare coins slot to mislead you into thinking the rare coins were what you were bidding on. When I recieved the product, I immediately called to complain. It took several calls and emails to get a response. Reply = items are sold "as pictured". Would not accept a return, even though I pointed out he picture was misleading and the description of he item was. It accurate. Worst Internet xperience ever. I collector was unable to help, so I am done with then since they do not provide any customer protection.
Dr Jonathan Dreisdale

AOL

#17 Mar 26, 2012
It has become painfully clear that Dr. Jacobs has a nasty case of what is often referred to in auction circles as "raisins aigres" (or in English, "sour grapes").

He should be reminded that, in fact, cookies DO crumble in this manner.
Robert

Malibu, CA

#18 Jul 24, 2012
JCG wrote:
Its obvious there is danger on Ebay from bidding on things you won't get and especially bidding on things to drive the price up. That is a no no on Ebay. www.targetwatcher.com
Bullship I bid on an item and I my bid was greater than the floor bidder but you gave it t the floor bidder. Probably your brother or a friend because it did go for a real low price. I haven't bid online since. I found a place I like and I purchase outright I have spent 36,000 so far with them. tough ship your loss.
David Kibler

Saginaw, MI

#19 Oct 7, 2012
I have have been a regular customer of Showtime Auctions for years. I reside in CA and have never encountered any problems or scams. In fact, I had the distinct honor of attending their recent auction in person. They run a great auction, period. I have been collecting for years; attending live auctions and buying from the Net. These folks are honest and very helpful with all inquiries, whether they are dealing with my ebay bids or yesterday, when I attended their live auction. They are simply the best!
Craig Yox

Scottsdale, AZ

#20 Oct 21, 2013
I recently was the winning bidder a small oak display cabinet from a Showtime Auction. The cabinet arrived in fine condition but the 2 glass shelves are stuck in the bottom of the display cabinet. I called Mike and all I wanted was for Mike to pay for 2 glass shelves that I need to cut and break them to get them out of the cabinet. He asked what do you want me to do? I suggested he pay for the glass shelves. I thru out a price of $20 because I need to drive to a glass company and pay for the shelves. His answer was for me to send the whole cabinet back to Showtime. That would cost him over $120. Does this make sense? No. This is the type of person you will deal with if you purchase something from Showtime. Never again for me. You burn me once but never twice....All he needed to say was let me know what the total was for the 2 glass shelves and I would have been happy. I have no flippin Idea how much 2 glass shelves are. What an %$^^^$$. I had to hang up because you can't reason with this man....Buyer beware
Roger Rabbit

Colwich, KS

#21 Jun 6, 2016
Craig Yox wrote:
I recently was the winning bidder a small oak display cabinet from a Showtime Auction. The cabinet arrived in fine condition but the 2 glass shelves are stuck in the bottom of the display cabinet. I called Mike and all I wanted was for Mike to pay for 2 glass shelves that I need to cut and break them to get them out of the cabinet. He asked what do you want me to do? I suggested he pay for the glass shelves. I thru out a price of $20 because I need to drive to a glass company and pay for the shelves. His answer was for me to send the whole cabinet back to Showtime. That would cost him over $120. Does this make sense? No. This is the type of person you will deal with if you purchase something from Showtime. Never again for me. You burn me once but never twice....All he needed to say was let me know what the total was for the 2 glass shelves and I would have been happy. I have no flippin Idea how much 2 glass shelves are. What an %$^^^$$. I had to hang up because you can't reason with this man....Buyer beware
I had the every same thing happen. I purchased an item from Showtime. The item was pictured in perfect condition. When I received it, it was missing a piece. I just wanted the money to cover the repair. Mike told me to send it back to him and gave his address. No offer to cover the return shipping or mention of a refund. I agree with BUYER BE WARE. This is NOT a trustworthy auction house.

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