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If you have the means to do this, then I say "Go for it". Personally, I set my maximum price and just sit back and wait. If I get it, fine; if not, then I'm not that worried about it.
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Ok, here are the definitions as I have found them on Ebay.

Shill Bidding
The deliberate placing of bids to artificially raise the price of an item. This practice undermines trust in the eBay Community and is not permitted. To avoid the appearance of involvement in this activity, family members, friends, and individuals living together, working together, or sharing a computer should not bid on each other's items.

Placing a bid in the closing minutes or seconds of an auction-style listing. Any bid, placed before the listing ends, is allowed on eBay. To protect yourself from being outbid at the last moment, enter the maximum amount you're willing to pay for an item up front, and eBay will bid automatically for you, making sure you're the high bidder until your maximum is reached. This system is sometimes called proxy bidding.

According to these two definitions, what hoodrat was doing is called sniping or proxy bidding and is perfectly "legal" on Ebay.

My apologies for the confusion, as I was really thinking of shill bidding. Hope things are clearer now.
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