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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Tue Feb 21 2017 10:00:37

Here's a New One: Hidden Seller ID on eBay

By: Ina Steiner

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Have you ever viewed a Buyer's feedback record on eBay and seen a seller's user name and comment completely empty? It baffled even eBay moderators when it was pointed out in last week's chat session.

A user asked about a positive feedback rating containing no information - there was no feedback comment, and no seller's username. 

"We have made some changes to Feedback Profiles due to privacy concerns," an eBay moderator wrote. "Depending on the type of item purchased or the type of listing, the feedback details can vary. As for the comment being blank, it's possible the buyer didn't add anything to their rating."

But the user said it was the blank seller's ID that was so strange - it wasn't even so much that it was masked, as eBay does with buyer's IDs - but that it was completely blank. 

The eBay moderator promised to take a look at both the blanked out comment and the blanked out seller ID.

eBay masks buyer IDs on seller's feedback records (such as w***e), as they have since 2013. But have you seen cases where a seller's User ID was actually blank?




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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 21 12:08:15 2017

Well, if the item was porn the comments are blank. But you still see seller ID. Doubtless another 'glitch!"

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by: 27tcle This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 21 12:41:45 2017

They do this when a seller goes NARU, it happens just between when they fill it in with random numbers and letters. It's a glitch.

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by: dans parts This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 21 21:26:14 2017

I suppose the next logical step for eBay to take is to blank out the names and addresses on the labels we print out to send our items to our Buyers.  Like, just send it to New York City, and let the Post Office figure it out...

Makes about as much sense, no?

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by: handmedownheaven This user has validated their user name.
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Wed Feb 22 00:18:42 2017

eBay will never cease to amaze me.  Along with clothing we also sell rare coins.  Several of our feedbacks have been blank

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by: Cimfubar This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 00:28:04 2017

I had the same thing happen back in January,  No comment, no seller ID.  I thought strange, and none of the reasons that was mentioned above..  Seller is still there,  I DON'T buy porn or any unusual mature products. I bought some garlic pills. I received a positive and the rest is blank.  No comment, no seller ID..  

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Wed Feb 22 00:30:01 2017

In the spirit of preserving anonymity, may I pay my eBay fees using a 3795 709608 'XXXXX' AMEX card?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Jcapwet

Wed Feb 22 02:09:33 2017

I wanted to see who was over bidding a catalog value of an item I was bidding on.  I opened the list of bids and there is for a bidder's name and rating: ''private listing - bidders' identities protected''. Now this was a set of postage stamps, not adult items or porn and not a million dollar painting. How can we tell if a friend of the seller is pushing up a bid? If you can look at something in the past that you did not bid on here is a good example EB #   371852484634 .

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Feb 22 02:49:28 2017

@jcapwet

Ebay doesn't show bidder's IDs on a listing to anyone but the seller.  This changed happened a couple years ago or so.  So even if that buyer had not of marked their account as private, you still would not have been able to see their ID.

Marking your account as private has nothing to do with adult products.  It can be done by a buyer for any reason they may have.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Feb 22 03:23:38 2017

I'm uncertain why some posters refuse to take part in the petition for the sole reason Ebay had something to do with it.  It doesn't make sense.  I get it that there are few that like the FVF on shipping.  I know I don't like it either.

But I'm not willing to disregard doing what I can to keep USPS rates from increasing even more.  What kind of sense does that make.  Ignore the petition just because it is brought to you by Ebay.  Seems a bit silly to me.

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by: angryllama This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 06:21:42 2017

DRUGS .... eBay has been doing exactly what this OP describes for ANY transaction that is for any DRUG item.  Even if the "drug" in question is an Over The Counter drugstore item that ANYBODY ... even a ten year old with a $20 bill can purchase at the local CVS and walk right out with exactly NOBODY questioning the purchase. On it's face this seems to be LOONY, but once one digs deeper it is the direct result of Very Logical, Very Reasonable, US FEDERAL LAW governing maintaining the PRIVACY of MEDICAL information / records.  Want examples?  Ebay blocks all this info if the purchase/sale is for PrevAcid, Zyrtec, Allegra, and yes, even ALEVE.  All that any feedback shows is the "right color CIRCLE" at the far left and exactly ZERO other information. Presumably it also is Gray Circle if it is a Neutral and RED Circle if it is a NEGATIVE.  I have to say PRESUMABLY as all of my own OTC drug feedback LEFT or RECEIVED has been positive.

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by: Steve M This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 06:27:33 2017

@Marie

Exactly, people should sign the petition to the PRC to keep postage cost low.  We have taken too much increases over the last 3 years and then yet another increase is just BS.  

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Tell the PRC:  STOP the China ePacket deal and other cheap postage deals that USPS has with international countries.  We the USA Taxpayers are sick and tired of subsidizing the financial losses that the USPS is having from those cheap postage deals with China and other Asian countries.
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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Feb 22 12:56:55 2017

Exactly Steve, EXACTLY!

This isn't just another reason to slam Ebay.  To do so is completely counterproductive and will only serve to cause self injury.  We need to rise above the anger towards Ebay and see what the real issues are.  This is an opportunity to let our voices be heard.  So get past your distaste for Ebay, this petition is NOT about Ebay.  

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by: dasw This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 16:31:55 2017

dans parts
''I suppose the next logical step for eBay to take is to blank out the names and addresses on the labels we print out to send our items to our Buyers.  Like, just send it to New York City, and let the Post Office figure it out...''

In that situation it gets delivered to a garage in Buffalo NY.



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