Date registered: Jan 2013
Vehicle: 65 220SEb, 97 SL500, 98 E320 Wagon, 2002 ML500 - former W108/W112/W114/W123/W124/W126/W140/W220
Location: Tampa, FL
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Quoted: 1052 Post(s)
None of the comments are going to hinder this auction or any other. People who know the cars see what they see and bid accordingly. Revealing or critical comments are not going to make people reconsider placing a bid. Suggesting that people are jealous and purposely attempting to torpedo an auction by posting negative comments is laughable. That's totally bogus and simply won't happen. This isn't the playground at preschool.
For that matter, there have been times when critical comments have revealed issues that either the seller or a bidder was not aware of. Now they are, and can deal with the situation as they feel the need. There have even been instances on BAT where commenters have brought things to light that exposed cars that were not properly represented. Their intent wasn't to kill the auction, it was to flag something that wasn't represented properly. I would be grateful for this if I was a potential bidder.
For example - how's about W140 wiring harness insulation, or potentially failing AC evaporators in W124s? We know these issues all too well, but not every bidder might have that depth of knowledge or have gone to the trouble to research the car they're interested in. Now they know and with that additional information can consider it along with their potential purchase.
As Ralph pointed out, picking nits is a part of the auction process. Like he stated, I've learned a great deal about other cars by watching and reading the comments. When I have made comments or observations on auctions, whether I was a direct participant or not, they have been based on direct experience and are intended to point out issues, both good and bad, of the subject.
People really need to unknot their shorts and stop rending their clothes over this. Really.