sophistry

I am happily surprised that there were no extravagent bids of millions thus far which is just a waste of everyone's time. If Smile Train was devious they would have had shill bidders bid like hell with absolutely no risk except the risk of being caught which is probably higher for this auction than any other on Ebay. Though if you examine the bid history, it does seem a little unusual in the beginning.

csilvey

How is the bid history unusual in te begining?

Phil

Dr. Levitt,

If two Smile-Train-loving philanthropists legitimately pushed the bidding up to, say, $20,000, would you still have matched it?

I have no larger point here, I'm just curious. :)

Stephen J. Dubner

Even though it says this is Dubner, it is Levitt. I'm just logged in under the wrong name.

Yes, I would have paid the $20,000. I always try to keep promises. And because of my two daughters adopted from China, I am a sucker for anything that will help Chinese orphans.

Phil

Aw, heck, the words "chinese orphans" got me. Just made a small online donation to Smile Train. :)

All the best,

Phil

sophistry

I am happily surprised that there were no extravagent bids of millions thus far which is just a waste of everyone's time. If Smile Train was devious they would have had shill bidders bid like hell with absolutely no risk except the risk of being caught which is probably higher for this auction than any other on Ebay. Though if you examine the bid history, it does seem a little unusual in the beginning.

csilvey

How is the bid history unusual in te begining?

Phil

Dr. Levitt,

If two Smile-Train-loving philanthropists legitimately pushed the bidding up to, say, $20,000, would you still have matched it?

I have no larger point here, I'm just curious. :)

Stephen J. Dubner

Even though it says this is Dubner, it is Levitt. I'm just logged in under the wrong name.

Yes, I would have paid the $20,000. I always try to keep promises. And because of my two daughters adopted from China, I am a sucker for anything that will help Chinese orphans.

Phil

Aw, heck, the words "chinese orphans" got me. Just made a small online donation to Smile Train. :)

All the best,

Phil