Following the implementation of Safeguarding Member IDs in Australia and the UK last November it is now to be rolled out in the US and Canada. Bidders ID’s will be hidden when bidding rises above $200 in the US and C$220 in Canada.
Rob Chesnut posted on the US announcement board adding that he acknowledges concerns over shill bidding (which unlike in the UK is actually a crime in several US states). eBay users will no doubt hype shilling as being a much bigger issue than eBay would like, and they would do well to learn the lessons from the UK workshop on Safeguarding Member IDs which Tamebay reviewed. Sadly the workshop in the UK failed to communicate the rationale behind the Safeguarding Member ID’s initiative instead concentrating on shill bidding.
A Tamebay guest blogger, sean_coolness, has published “Safeguarding Members IDs is not a licence to shill” which explores the information divulged regarding bidder activity. The article demonstrates that it’s actually easier to identify shill bidding once Safeguarding Member IDs is implemented than was the case previously.