You’ve probably been there: you have a superb idea for a new eBay ID, but when you go to register it, it belongs to someone who hasn’t used it for about a decade. eBay’s line on unused IDs has always been that they won’t release them because someone, someday, might come back to claim them. But now we have some good news for you: eBay UK’s new head of trust and safety, Richard Ambrose, has just said that* eBay will be “releasing several million long-dormant IDs in the next few weeks. Have a look at some of your favourite short, snappy IDs – they might suddenly be available.”
We don’t yet have any details of exactly when this will be, but if I find out, I’ll update the post… after I’ve got the ones I want, of course 😉
*Sorry, link not accessible if you’re not a Powerseller.
Updated Tuesday: I’ve just heard back from eBay, and it’s not good news. Though this will happen at some point, there’s not yet a date set for the release. So keep checking, but don’t hold your breath.