eBay Scrambles?


I got this question from Glenn Chase and I thought it was an excellent one that somebody on the boards is likely to know the answer to:


I have a question for you: does ebay’s privacy “abbreviation” for someone’s identity remain the same from auction to auction or does it change? In other words, if someone is listed as “o**o” in one auction will they be listed the same in another auction days or weeks later?


You can respond as a reply to this post or his email address is: spanky@mac.com





The eBay user abbreviation remains the same from auction to auction. From what I’ve seen, it is the first two letters of the user name with two asterisks inserted between them. So “CSPcollector” would show up as c**s, for example.

By ISCA87L on April 21st, 2009 at 9:17 pm

It sometimes, but does not always, stay the same. I know one Baltimore collector who has had two different two-character abbreviations over the last few months. I assume this happens at least partly because there aren’t enough character pairs to go around.

It is NOT the first two letters of the user name… it is two characters, taken from anywhere in the user name. So “CSPCollector” could be “c***r”, or “o***s”, or “l***l”, or any other combination of two characters from the user name with three asterisks in between.

By Tegularius on April 21st, 2009 at 10:15 pm

i agree with T**s that it could be any combination of the letters, the other week every winner had the same combo just happened to be the ones i watched had similar names and i knew who they were from their feedback score!

By mopar73mopar on April 23rd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

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