Bidder Names With Weird Numbers and Letters

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  1. Mirage232

    Mirage232 Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone noticed lately that there are alot of bidders on Ebay with very similar names such as g***7, H***2, a***r, etc.? Does anyone else suspect that these are fake bidders who are used to bring up the price on items? I mean almost every Transformer I see on Ebay have bidders with these kind of names. Are these bots or something? I somehow doubt that these "bidders" are even real people.:thumbdown 
     
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    I thought that was just a tool on some auctions to hide bidder names. XP As in they're real bidders, they've just had the middle portions of their names blanked out to hide who they are. o.o
     
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    It's ebay's new policy. Before, when an auction price goes over $200, the bidder's name will be "encrypted" so no fake "2nd chance offer" could be send to them. Now the $200 limit is gone so you will never be able to find out who's the bidder (only winner's name are shown).

    Yeah, that means now it's pretty much impossible to catch shill bidders.
     
  4. Mirage232

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    Ok, thanks. I am not sure this new policy is a good thing or bad thing.
     
  5. mineraljane

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    Oh, it's definitely a bad thing. Unfortunately, eBay has to protect the less savvy of their users.
     

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