Ebay has been a particularly fruitful source for one of my collecting hobbies. I've picked up the occasional bargain, but mainly paid just about the correct market price without the tedium of tramping round various collecting fairs, etc. However, in the last few weeks a couple of morons have appeared on the scene who are willing to pay ludicrous prices for everything and anything. It's not being outbid that gets my goat, but that they haven't a clue what they're buying - so rubbish that no sane collector would touch is bidded for with the same passion as genuinely scarce items. Thus, items worth no more than 20 pence are being bought with opening bids of £20, whilst items that serious collectors are after are being priced way outside our reach because any counterbids will inevitably be topped (once these guys decide they want something, they will go for it come hell or high water). I suppose the consoling upshot is that these bozos have ended up paying several thousand pounds for collections worth at most a couple of hundred, but I can't help feeling like I'm back in the school yard and if you and your friends find something fun to do, inevitably the school bully is going to try to muscle in on the act. Anyone else experienced this sort of idiotic behaviour on ebay or am I just being paranoid?