eBay – Changes and More Changes

Another change for eBay, in the name of security, hiding winning bidders ID’s.  Last year, eBay began hiding the ID of all bidders, the down side was you no longer knew if your friend was already bidding on an item.  The plus side for eBay was an increase in security and reducing fraud (fake second chance offers, etc.) .

This is now being extended to winning bidder ID’s.

Based on the positive results we’ve seen by anonymizing bidder User IDs, as well as our commitment to protecting all bidders from becoming targets for fraudsters, we’ve decided to extend anonymized User IDs to winning bidders, as well. This change will be implemented sometime this week.

You will still be able to see bidder ID’s in the following areas:

  • Sellers will be able to view all bidder IDs on their listings.
  • All members can click on the bidder ID and view the bidder’s Bid History page, which will detail the categories in which they’ve bid over the past 30 days.
  • Feedback pages will show the same information as now – buyer and seller IDs, with comments visible to all.


There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.
Franz Kafka
Austrian (Czechoslovakian-born) author (1883 – 1924)

1 Comment

  1. ellison says:

    We have no doubt the shill bidders are very appreciative of ebay’s recent policy changes, which makes their jobs of bidding on their own items to artificially raise the price of their products AGAINST honest bidders, much easier to complete without worry of being caught.

    These hidden buyers’ IDs are also great for scamming buyers who can now jump from listing to listing without detection, wreaking havoc and costing sellers untold items and money.

    Hey Whitman & Donahoe, your “Disruptive Innovation” scheme against buyers, sellers and shareholders is destroying businesses, finances and morale!

    Please view the petition to FIRE JOHN DONAHOE and it’s comments, by searching the internet for “Ebay Stockholders and Sellers Calling For Immediate Termination of John Donohoe CEO”.

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