Why are there a lot of bidders that have ***?

Jun 16, 2006
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It will be initials or letters with *** in between. I see it ALL the time now. Anyone know? Thanks!
 
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bag-mania

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Apr 6, 2007
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I think it is to protect the potential buyers' identities. It keeps scammers from contacting them with alternative "offers" for similar items.
 

moi et mes sacs

Science Geek!
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yes it is basically to keep their identity hidden. You can see who won at the end of the auction. On ebay uk, you dont even see a bit if the username once the auction passes 100 pounds, you just see bidder1, bidder2 etc
 

michie

Ain't got da answers
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That sucks. I asked a question about adding a BIN to an auction and all of a sudden, within a couple hours of the question (and right before the seller responded), there was a bid on it. I looked on the bidder's history and 5% of their bids were for the same seller. Could be legit. Could not. It just looks suspicious IMO.