Actually this isn't fishy at all.
I am on a buying trip and have had a lot of time to think about this concern while driving.
Mark when you first brought this to my attention I give you a link to check out which I thought was the link that allowed people to see auctions before they officially started. You told me that wasn't the link, but it actually is.
If you go to traincity.com and click on the link 'current train city, inc auctions' which is located on the left side of the page just under the choochooauction.com icon, that is in fact the same link I gave you. This link allowed people to see auctions from the time they are uploaded instead of when they are supposed to start. It ignores the auction software protocol.
We are on the road and don't have any new auctions going up right now so I made a test auction which is 20 days long. But that test auction is not visible to anyone using the conventional auction software until it gets to 13 days. If you click on the link I mentioned above you will see the test link for the next week. There after you will see auctions that are longer than 13 days. So it is this link that people are able to see new auctions sooner than others. Any auction that is longer than 13 days is an auction that you can see from this link, but not from regular links on choochooauctions.com.
This link was added to traincity.com a long time ago so many people have had access to it. I had actually forgotten about the link until now. I thought I had put the same link on choochooauctions.com, but obviously I hadn't.
So the solution is that when I return this weekend I will put the link on choochooauctions.com and try my best to let people know they have access to it. Hopefully this will satisfy everyone.
Honestly we aren't purposely trying to play favorites or have little secrets. This was just something that we did a long time ago and forgot about. It should have been placed on choochooauctions.com, but that never did happen.
I hope this resoves this mystery.
Hi Charlie, Mark, etal, I found the test under "New Auctions" on the left side of your main page. Thus:
This is a test.. Please don't bid on this auction
This item has been viewed 7 time(s).
Got it Charlie!
Only problem is that the test ALSO appears on the regular listings.....
We will be placing new auctions on Monday. We can check it then...
OK auctions just were uploaded. I can see auctions longer than 13 days in the link that we added to choochooauctions.com, but can not see them in the traditional ways to view auctions. Thus if you would like to get a head start on our auctions please use the link which is located in the left column under links.