eBay bidder status


Here is a topic that may start a little fire on the patch blanket. I am going to give my opinion and then open the firing range to comments.


eBay has given us patch collectors a new enemy each other. Now on bids over $200.00 from my experience you now become bidder 1 or bidder 2 etc.. this help ebay generate numerous bids cause you dont know who has high bid. Many of us collectors have name/names we go by that others recognize and usually can work a mutual deal with the other guy to as we say….take a walk. Now we have to either bid higher or call many people we normally dont speak to to try and work mini deals to keep a prized item for one not leaving our area or out bidding a good friend due to ebays goal of bidder protection.


I personally like to have the opportunity to know my opponent just like in a live auction. And can take a walk for a friend without having to be asked to do so 🙂


Whats your thought on this new situation on our most common auctioning block.





It doesn’t matter to me. 90 percent of the items I bid on are not bid until the last 5 seconds. You never know until the bidding is completed if anyone is realy bidding. To tell you the truth I usualy don’t look at who bid on an item.


By BigJim on February 10th, 2007 at 5:14 am

The real thing I think is a problem with privacy is the ability to search for currently-open items that a particular bidder has bid on. I end up having to “snipe” on certain items not so much because of a desire to bid late but because I know there are other Baltimore collectors who search on my eBay ID. So if I find something that’s not well-labeled, bidding on it alerts those other folks who might not have found it otherwise. So I end up waiting until the last minute in order to avoid starting a bidding war.

By Tegularius on March 14th, 2007 at 9:50 pm

I find that it changes my bidding habits as well. Sometimes if I see that a real heavy hitter (with a deep checkbook) is the high bidder I shy away. Now I can’t figure out who has the high bid so I am more apt to stay in the fight. Not saying that I like the rule because part of what the fun is on eBay is watching what is going on and when you take away knowing the bidders that reduces the spectator sport of things.

By jason on March 18th, 2007 at 1:12 am

Regardless of who’s bidding I never shy away from bidding. The heavy hitter may only have made a nominal bid for his dupe box. If he is going to bid I am going to take him to my limit or win. I have made some happy sellers being the second high bidder. I have also won against some heavy hitters. Bidding is an ART, SCIENCE and ENTERTAINMENT.

By BigJim on March 25th, 2007 at 2:38 am

Id bidders as 1 or 2 makes sorting everything out more difficult. I like to see who I am up against. Yes, I do look at what the bidders have done in the past which helps gauge where the bid might go. I also like to see the old familiar names, especially when going after my own lodge and camps. No sense messing up a good thing. Having bidder IDs by numbers also smacks collusion. Friends bidding up items to increaser the final sale. Not that any of us would engage in this but it just presents that idea.

By Gavin Murdoch on April 15th, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Taking this quote straight from an eBay announcement.

“Hello…I’m Evan Liang with eBay’s Buyer Experience team. My team and I
focus on improving the experience members have when they place a bid
or make a purchase. As Philipp mentioned
[,”]http://www2.ebay.com/aw/core/200708211028562.html%5D, we’re making a few
important changes to the bid history page that we think will improve
the overall bidding experience. You will begin to see these changes next

Making winning easier – bid right from the bid history page
We know from talking to Community members that many people spend a lot
of time monitoring competitive auctions from the bid history page.
Knowing how important this page is to bidders, my team has enhanced the
user interface so you can now place a bid directly on the bid history

For our competitive bidders who use the bid history often, we think
this change will simplify your experience and help you win that “must
have” item.

Enhancing SMI — adding transparency for items over $200
Last January, Rob Chesnut introduced an important Trust & Safety
initiative called Safeguarding Member IDs (SMI). This project protects eBay’s
bidders on high-end items from fake Second Chance Offers and other
malicious email. (Read Rob’s announcement from January 8, 2007 for more

While SMI has been very effective in protecting our marketplace from
fraud, we also realize that it reduced transparency on the site, and, for
some bidders, took away some of the magic of that makes eBay so

As promised, my Buyer Experience group has teamed up with Trust &
Safety and the Community over the past few months to look at ways to make
the bid history more transparent without jeopardizing the safety that SMI
has added. I’m pleased to let you know that this week, we’ll be making
the following adjustments to the User IDs displayed on bid history for
items over $200:

-Actual Feedback Score is back – We will be bringing back the
bidder’s actual feedback score next to each member’s respective User ID.

-New User ID Masking – We are replacing the current aliases (Bidder 1,
Bidder 2 and Bidder 3) with a masked ID that consists of two random
characters from the member’s User ID – for example a***b. For any given
member, this masked ID will be consistent across all auctions over $200
for which they place bids. At the end of a listing, the winning
bidder’s User ID will be displayed on both the item and bid history page.
Please note: Sellers will still be able to view the actual User IDs for
bidders on their listings through the Bid History page.

Also, please understand that to protect our Community, eBay reserves
the right to change this masking algorithm in the future, but will only
do so if absolutely necessary and with advance notice. We expect to add
more enhancements in the future, although our intent is to move
cautiously so we can ensure we’re preserving safety.

My team will be holding a workshop on September 5 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific
time (stay tuned for more info), and I hope you can join us. You can
also check out my video on The Chatter blog for more information
As always, we appreciate your support and feedback, and look forward to
further improvements to your buyer experience.


Evan Liang
Buyer Experience”

By jason on August 26th, 2007 at 6:44 pm

My 2 cents worth.
I don’t really like it for all the reasons mentioned above.

But I have found it doesn’t change my bidding much. By that I mean that anything over say $50 I’m going to bid the same regardless of me knowing who else is bidding. Certainly anything over $200 I will. I don’t look for dupes in that price range.

By OkiePatchTrader on August 28th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

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