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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1867 - September 03, 2008 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 2

eBay UK Kills Grandfather Clause in User ID Policy

By Ina Steiner
September 03, 2008

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eBay UK will force some longtime eBay members to change their User IDs because it is revoking a policy exemption. eBay's policy on allowable User IDs, launched in the US in late 2001, bans IDs that represent an email or web address (URL). But existing users with such IDs were granted an exemption as part of a grandfather clause. eBay is now revoking that exemption in the UK.

eBay UK spokesperson Jenny Thomas said, "It makes sense to standardize the rules for everyone, thus ironing out the inequality in the policy and preventing any community confusion."

AuctionBytes has not yet heard from eBay.com about whether it plans to follow the UK site with a move to revoke the exemption. Regardless, it appears US sellers would be unable to list items on the UK site with IDs that are accepted on eBay.com but banned on eBay UK.

eBay UK's announcement is found here.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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