Re: [CR] Is this Japanese collector getting screwed?IDEALE

(Example: Component Manufacturers)

Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 14:57:42 -0800
From: "Chuck Schmidt" <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Is this Japanese collector getting screwed?IDEALE
References: <001e01c0afa7$0441e340$5d301a3f@oemcomputer> <>

Jerry & Liz Moos wrote:
> (snip) I wonder if
> eBay has changed some of this recently, like they restricted the access to the
> email addresses of the bidders shown. I suspect the latter change was to
> prevent sellers or fellow bidders from contacting those with common interests
> directly and thereby making direct deals on which eBay might otherwise collected
> a fee.

Anyone can still email anyone else, it just goes through eBay; they do _not_ read or keep the emails.

Here's the quote from eBay's site explaining why they started the restricted email access.

"As part of eBay's commitment to preventing spam (unsolicited, commercial email), and addressing problems associated with eBay transactions that are not completed on eBay, we are limiting access to email addresses on the site.

Members involved in a trade with each other will have access to each other's email addresses. Otherwise, members will be provided with the opportunity to send messages to other members through the Contact an eBay Member feature. Messages received by your recipient(s) will contain your email address so the response will be sent directly to you.

This feature will also forward to you a copy of the message that is sent."