There is not one single good reason why any legitimate seller would use either of these PRIVATE options Private Feedback & Private Listings, the UACC have banned it, and so should eBay.
Don’t fall for their old rubbish about protecting your privacy, it’s their privacy they are concerned with not yours!
The above link is the annoncement that eBay made on the 26/03/2008 as to why the are introducing this new policy.
The following is a quote from the above annoucement;
"Our systems also collect more detailed information on selling and bidding activity than members can access, to help us detect patterns and accurately identify members who may be breaching the policy".
That's reassuring, knowing that there is a system that collects information. If there are millions of listings at any given time, how many of Ebay's employee's are actually looking at the information that this system collects?
As mentioned in some of my other guides, I have reported dozens of occurances of blatant abuse of a whole number of eBays policies, because I was able to see User ID's, Bidders, Bidding Patterns, Previous Items Sold, etc, etc. But I have never been reassured that the appropriate action has been taken against these fraudsters, scammers and shillers as most of them are still trading.
The leading IT technology that is allegedly being used by eBay to detect fraud seems to be failing, if eBay employ 2000 people in it's trust and safety department to investigate frauds, scams and other internet crimes on Ebay. If a Million items are listed at anyone time each employee has 500 listings to look at, and try to check bidding patterns and identify members who breach their policies.
I have read many posts in hundreds of forums that eBay was basically relying on its members to be vigilant and that 15million pairs of eyes are better than one at detecting criminal activity.
The private listing facility is making a mockery out of eBay’s security and safety policies, who is it protecting?
Certainly not the buyer, when it comes to shillers and scammers what information is available to us?
Simple answer nothing.
Again this is another big tick in eBay’s favour, if you can’t see Bidding Patterns, ID’s, Feedback or Previous Items Sold. Then you can’t report what you might think is suspicious bidding activity, so eBay don’t have to spend the time or the money-paying employee’s to investigate reports. Again another big tick for eBay’s profit pie.
Ok you might receive bogus second chance offer e-mails, which is eBay’s main reason for introducing these listing options. Unless you have been on another planet or you are not totally savvy with Phishing e-mails you should never be duped into supplying any personal information into links attached to e-mails.
Also how many of these Phishing e-mails have you actually received? Is it really that big a problem?
At the end of the day if you don’t want people to see what you are bidding on, or buying then don’t shop on eBay. Fall for this one, and the chances are 100 to 1 that you will be buying fakes, forgeries or just plain rubbish and another victim of some scam.
Why have eBay introduced the hidden bidder feature on items over a hundred pound?
Simple: It gives the Fraudsters and Scammers every opportunity to fleece the highest price out of you, with little or virtually no chance of detecting it.
So why have they taken the opportunity to check bidders, bidding patterns and items sold by sellers away from us?
The higher the price for the item the bigger the profit % for eBay.
Scammers continue to set up multiple accounts and continue to relist their items, blatantly shilling on them, using the private listing facility that is supposedly used to protect the eBay community.
How do these individuals continue to make several accounts at a time over and over, do they not incur listing fees when they un-register themselves within minutes of the items finishing if they have ended up winning their own listings.
The PRIVATE bidding option prevents you (the buyer) from finding out what they (the seller) has previously sold, it prevents other eBay members from warning you about their fakes or scams, and worst of all, it allows the seller to bid against you without you knowing! (Yes that’s right, a seller using the PRIVATE auction option is able to bid on their own auctions and push up the final price without you knowing! Now if that is not cheating, I don’t know what is).
So always look out for the PRIVATE auction warning at the top of every eBay listing, and if you see it, avoid it. You will often find these sellers have changed the ID many times too, just click on ID History to check. They change their name normally because they have had some bad press somewhere (isitreal.com etc) and so change it to try and hide.