Anomolous eBay Bidders

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by offshoresa65s, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. offshoresa65s macrumors member

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    Hi

    This is just an observation I've made with eBay recently while searching for things that interest me, other than my usual searching for the odd Apple bargain on eBay.

    I like fishing and was looking at this fishing reel:

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Vintage-70s-...ryZ23818QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    I noticed that the bidder was called n***o (23)

    Then I was searching for this particular Calibration device:

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-In-Box-L...oryZ3697QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    I noticed that the bidder was n***o (112)

    Am I missing something here?

    It just looks a little bit sus to me that someone can be / have two different tallies in their number of eBay wins.

    It's not the first time I've seen this kind of x***x type of identity

    Anyway, I'm sorry if this nothing to do with buying Apple products, but maybe someone here can set me straight or is this really sus, like I think it it is?

    Cheers

    offshore
     
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

    ergdegdeg

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    No, it only means that there are two people on eBay whose names start with an "n" and end with an "o". The "*"s in the middle are there for making the names anonymous and do not correspond to the length of the real name.
     
  3. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a

    ButtUglyJeff

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    New York. The state, not the toilet.
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    It's an eBay measure to help prevent spamming of bidders. You can now only see your user name and the user name of the seller. They give you a unique fake for everybody else so you can tell the bidding patterns of you competitors............
     
  4. SDLSteve macrumors 6502

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    Florida
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    I felt really stupid the first week the instilled that policy. I was watching a couple of auctions and the winners all had the **** tag in their name. I contacted the seller and told him I think he is being scammed and he sent me a link to the new ebay policy.

    I guess it is so someone can not contact the buyer and say they have a better deal on the same item..
     
  5. Vulcan macrumors 65816

    Vulcan

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    As said, the seller can see there names. It's only there so people can't spam them (i.e. buy this, it's cheaper, etc).
     
  6. offshoresa65s thread starter macrumors member

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    Many Thanks

    I missed this new eBay policy completely.

    Thanks for setting me straight.

    Cheers

    Offshore
     

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