Ebay account on ebay.com required?

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05 Apr, 2017 08:20 AM

Sorry, I can't seem to find this in the documentation:

Does jbidwatch require an ebay account at ebay.com? I'm registered with ebay.de, but jbidwatch does not seem to be able to log in with my user name and password. It goes into an endless loop, hammering signin.ebay.com with an URL that gets longer and longer on every iteration. After this has happened, my account on ebay.de now has account security activated and I need to solve a captcha for each and every action.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by cyberfox on 05 Apr, 2017 08:40 AM

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    In order to make it work with ebay.de, it actually has to try and make it
    work with ebay.co.uk; the core problem is that JBidwatcher has to parse
    text off the pages in order to recognize things like 'did I successfully
    log in', or 'what's the current price'. I can't support all the potential
    languages for all those parse-points, unfortunately, so I had to pick sites
    that were 'representative' of the areas and in languages that I could
    recognize. In this case, it was ebay.com in the Americas and ebay.co.uk
    for the European zone.

    To enable ebay.co.uk as your 'home' eBay site, you can pull up JBidwatcher,
    go to the configuration, on the eBay tab, under 'Country site', if you
    select ebay.de, it'll put up a notice that 'Bidding happens on ebay.com or
    ebay.co.uk, even if neither is your local site.' That JUST sets your
    'browse to' target, for when you're telling JBidwatcher to show a listing
    in the browser. More important is that you'll want to check the 'Prefer
    non-US auction server?' checkbox. That's the one that sets where it'll try
    to log in; all the EU-zone eBay servers share a userbase, or at least they
    used to, but they don't necessarily share it with the ebay.com/ca user base.

    If you're currently captcha-ified, then yeah, I'd hold off for now, because
    JBidwatcher will fail to login (because it can't handle captcha's of
    course) which will extend the captcha further.

    I had a Mac-only version (written in Ruby instead of Java) which actually
    put up a browser dialog when a CAPTCHA showed up and let the human at the
    keyboard handle it, and I've repeatedly tried to backport the changes, but
    I keep running into problems when I try. TMI, I suppose.

    Thanks again for the pull request!

    -- Morgan

  2. 2 Posted by cdc86 on 05 Apr, 2017 02:52 PM

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    Thank you for clarifying. I did not know that some ebay sites share the account database. Besides that, I had forgotten to save my settings and that's why logins were always directed to ebay.com. Logging into ebay.co.uk does work with the settings you gave me, up to the point where ebay asks for a code from my security token, which jbidwatcher does not support at the moment. But I can be modify and compiled jbidwatcher at home (unlike bid-o-matic), so there is hope :).

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