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 Post subject: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 20, 2020 4:42 pm 
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A day ago I got an email from Ebay from an item I had on my watch list, offering me a discount. Thought it was a fluke since I knew the seller, so I deleted it. Yesterday I added a Crosley on my watch list and today I got the same type of email offering me a discount. I’ve never had anything like this sent from ebay and it was also in my ebay message list. First thing I noticed is that the Crosley was a buy it now or best offer. I definitely want to opt out of this sort of thing and to me, it’s sort of an invasion of privacy. Anybody else getting these emails from ebay?

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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 20, 2020 6:00 pm 
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Not a scam, it's called marketing.


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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 20, 2020 6:09 pm 
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Hello guys
Yes I have been getting a lot these lately and most them I just delete unless I really want something and the price is right .


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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 20, 2020 7:22 pm 
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As a seller, you have the option of sending an offer to watchers. If you wish not to get them, don’t watch anything. I personally think it is a reasonable thing to allow sellers to do.


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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 20, 2020 7:27 pm 
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Yes, it is legit.
As a seller, if someone 'watches' an item, I am prompted to send them an offer (even though most of mine are 'or best offer' already).
I never have done it. I just figure watchers are either curious to see what an item might go for, or are waiting on payday or tax return, or are considering between a few related items and find it easier to watch each one in order to compare. No amount of pestering on my (as a seller) part will swing them one way or another until they are ready.
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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 20, 2020 8:44 pm 
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Yes I occasionally get them. They don't bother me. I assume it's a motivated seller that wasn't expecting to get the high listed price.

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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 20, 2020 9:10 pm 
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It's not just for watched items. I get these lower-priced offers on sellers' items that I only take a look at. If you look at the left side of the screen when you are on eBay there is a running list of items you peruse; you are being tracked and your search history is open to the world.

I constantly get eBay messages saying 'There are eyes on your items; go for the sale!' Quite annoying.

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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 20, 2020 10:03 pm 
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I've been getting those also. Usually it's a slight discount offer,like 10% off or so. It even says others get the offer. Surprised it's not against their policy.


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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 20, 2020 10:50 pm 
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I get them all the time. I really like it. And yes it's great marketing.


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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 21, 2020 3:04 am 
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I have gotten maybe one of these on an item I was watching. The offer was pretty good and I went ahead and purchased. I don't recall if the same offer showed up in MY EBAY or in MESSAGES, which I would prefer to have also, so I know it is a legitimate ebay email, but then, who would know what I was watching, besides ebay?

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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 21, 2020 4:08 am 
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my experience:

when I put an item on my watch list, I will sometimes get one of these emails where the "seller makes an offer" since I showed interest in the item.

I have taken some of the offers and it is legit.

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 Post subject: Re: New Ebay Privacy Scam?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 21, 2020 7:31 am 
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It get these types of messages fairly often; but, rarely on something I'm really interested in, LOL. On the stuff I'm really interested in; but, the price is high, they'll usually sit on the price until Hades freezes over.

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