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Tue Feb 20 2018 21:28:29

Why Doesn't eBay Provide Order Numbers for Transactions?

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
Why does eBay not provide order numbers? This is something so basic, yet it does not exist. 

The item number is shown, but that same number is for all sales of that item.

There is a PayPal transaction ID, but that is not from eBay.

The only number that is unique to a sale is the record number, but it's not a real order #, it's not unique. They don't even provide it to the buyer. 
Mark



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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 20 22:08:33 2018

Cause if they existed then they could be counted.

If they can be counted then they can be tallied.

If they can be tallied then everyone would know eBay’s numbers are fake.

“We could never let THAT happen now could we?????” Best off we obscure it all so that the fraud can continue  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Feb 21 02:37:59 2018

What I do is use the listing number and then add a tail number to it that matches with the items sold on that listing.  For example, lets say listing number 123123123123 had 6 sales on it.  On sale number 6 I use order number 123123123123-6.  

I know it isn't perfect, but for my own records I had to come up with something years ago that would work and this is what I came up with.  I've used it every since.

But I'm with you, a unique order number would really be useful.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Wed Feb 21 10:56:19 2018

We use the item number tailed by the record number!

Those numbers are very UNIQUE!

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by: exdwh This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 21 21:05:26 2018

There's something called 'Transaction ID' in the CSV files downloaded from Selling Manager or File Exchange. You'll see it in eBay website links. It's also part of the eBay API. You need both ItemID and TransactionID to make a unique value.

--David

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Feb 22 02:55:36 2018

Boy I'm not about to do all that work to come up with a unique number for a sale.

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by: Truk This user has validated their user name.

Thu Feb 22 08:19:37 2018

We also sell on Amazon each transaction has a unique number very helpful looking up[ claims ,damage and warranty's eBay's no help at all



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