Since eBay began concealing eBay users email addresses until a transaction is completed an unexpected bonus is they’re now confirming when a buyer’s email address is incorrect.
If a seller sends a direct email using an anonymous address and the buyer’s email bounces a warning is sent to the seller that the buyer’s email account is not working. The response goes on to suggest sending a message directly to the buyer’s eBay My Messages inbox, with instructions on how to do this on the eBay site.
It’s a condition of trading on eBay that buyers and sellers have a valid email address and buyers risk having their account closed if sellers are unable to contact them. eBay encourage reports of invalid email addresses (which includes those where spam filters are rejecting email).
In the past when using My Messages sellers could never be certain buyers had logged into eBay and received messages, now they’re informed if a buyer isn’t getting their email with the option of reporting them and contacting them via telephone to try and get a transaction completed.
The big question of course is how many sellers have the time or inclination to chase buyers with invalid contact details and how many will simply report them and open an unpaid item dispute once the buyer is no longer a registered user?
(Thanks to Nick @ Iposters for the screen shot)