EBay Monitoring JBidwatcher’s Watch List?

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29 Mar, 2018 04:34 AM

A recent EBay email I received about one auction’s closing time was unexpected, and very irritating. It was about an auction I had recently added to JBidwatcher here. Email included the statement, “You browsed this item.” But no, I didn’t (strictly speaking).

I never browse any EBay auctions while logged in with any EBay ID. This is not the first time I’ve gotten an email from EBay that followed only the items I had entered into JBidwatcher. There’s nothing in my browser (i.e. cookies) that can piece together any of these auctions with the EBay ID I entered into JBidwatcher, since I used a different ID for the last login on my browser than the ID I entered into JBidwatcher.

Another offensive thing EBay has been doing is often incrementing the “watch” count after sending me that email. This gives other bidders advance notice that there’s interest in that particular item, and may have pumped up the bids a few times.

Is JBidwatcher logging in to EBay before retrieving auction details or before updating all auction current bids?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by cyberfox on 29 Mar, 2018 07:06 AM

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    Yes; JBidwatcher uses the credentials you've put in to log in to eBay so it
    can monitor the auction. It does this so that it can keep track of your
    bids (if you bid directly, or bid offline), and see if your name is the
    high bidder, as well as (IIRC) get some other information that's not
    available when browsing anonymously. Without being signed in to eBay, that
    information is protected.

    I don't have a good answer for you. Right now JBidwatcher uses the same
    paths to get information in its ongoing retrieval as its sniping, etc., and
    splitting those up would be potentially complicated.

    -- Morgan

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