A fake coin dilemma: notify seller/eBay and close the auction or let it continue?
There's an interesting fake half (not marked as copy) on eBay that I wouldn't mind acquiring (lots of doubling, die breaks, and die lines) but there are 16 bidders for it already with almost four days until the auction closes. Do I:
1) tell the seller that the coin is fake, thereby closing the auction, and then offer to purchase it for $30-50? That way, an unsuspecting winning bidder won't get burned with a fake coin, and then I can purchase the fake for a relatively low cost. (= playing by the rules but for selfish reasons this time)
2) Not say anything to the seller and just continue bidding with hopes of winning the coin? Since there are so many bidders already and the coin is already at $31, I can see someone who doesn't know it's fake getting burned with this coin if the bidding goes higher. On the other hand, several bidders probably recognize it as a fake and are bidding to acquire it.