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eBay Bidders Anonymous?

iancam33iancam33 Member Posts: 407
edited December 2012 in Everything else LEGO
I don't have a lot of experience with ebay but i have been checking the auctions more over the last few weeks and I have noticed something peculiar. Nearly all of the bidders for LEGO products use a screen name similar to "t***l" or "h***j." Are these legit bidders or scammers trying to up the price?


  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,640
    The * are used to hid the buyer identity, iancam33 would show as i******3
  • iancam33iancam33 Member Posts: 407
    ah, thanks. I guess it is an option to hide the name then.
  • y2joshy2josh Member Posts: 2,002
    ^It's not an option. Unless you're the seller of the item, the bid history will always appear as x***x. Only the seller can see the actual ID of the bidders.
  • Dread_PirateDread_Pirate Member Posts: 184
    Back in the days of early E-bay you could see the entire name of the high bidder. After a few people got hate mail and what not E-bay started putting the stars in the usernames. I got a few hate letters and requests to buy for auctions I won.

  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,388
    edited November 2012

    The * are used to hid the buyer identity, iancam33 would show as i******3

    I thought that they pick two random letters / numbers from the username, so iancam33 could actually appear as n******m or a******3.
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    edited November 2012
    ^ They do, and I believe its specific to a particular auction, on another auction the same bidder will have a different code, and are the letters even taken from your account?
  • DaddyDeuceDaddyDeuce Member Posts: 272
    I'm pretty certain the letters are taken from the actual account name.
  • iancam33iancam33 Member Posts: 407
    Thanks for all the info everyone. Much appreciated.
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