January 22, 2007


It's been awhile since I surfed around eBay. Like, I think the last time I surfed eBay was during the early months of 2001. eBay, surprisingly, has changed somewhat since then. You'd think, since eBay has changed so much, their method for maintaining contact information and passwords would similarly have changed. But, no, apparently eBay hasn't gotten around to that yet.

You see, I figured, since it's been over half a decade since I last surfed eBay, or logged on to eBay, or thought much about eBay, it was likely my old user ID and password had expired. At least that's what I hoped, because I'll be damned if I could even remotely recall my eBay username and password from over five years ago. I've forgotten more Internet site passwords since 1998 than you can possibly imagine.

So, assuming eBay had jettisoned my user information, I tried to create an entirely new eBay profile with user name and password. Unfortunately, there was enough of my old eBay identity left at eBay that I kept getting notified that I already have an eBay account. Of course, the bot behind my old eBay account offerred to send my username and password to my e-mail address, which would have been great, but I don't even remember what e-mail address I used when I set up that eBay account all those years ago, so it's a pretty useless exercise to have the bot send that ebay information to an e-mail address that probably doesn't even exist any more.

So, I haven't been able to get back on eBay. Granted, I didn't try all that hard, but still. I think my next eBay username and password, should I be able to set up a new account, should be something super simple to remember. I'm thinking username = ebay and password = eBay.

Yeah, that's the ticket.

Posted by Ryan at January 22, 2007 03:23 PM | TrackBack

I have the same problem with PayPal. I had a PP account once in like 1999, but I can never buy anything with PayPal because it always tells me I have to log into my old account, but then never sends me my username and password.

Posted by: DG at January 23, 2007 07:35 AM

Sorry Ryan, that's already my eBay login. Get yer own!

In other news, I think that's a _great_ idea to do with PayPal. Just let us know when you get that set up, willya? :)

Posted by: Stephen Rider at January 25, 2007 11:51 PM

May be you’ll try to write them (eBay) a letter and explain your problem?

Posted by: Alex at January 29, 2007 08:27 AM
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