Nobody likes getting their eBay account suspended, such a hurdle can harm your business and day-to-day operations, this is why having a stealth account or two can be beneficial, this article will explore just that.
Disclaimer: This article will show you how to create your very own stealth account, and while it is not illegal to do so, it does infringe on eBay’s identity policies, thus, take this information at your own peril, and be responsible for your own actions.
Having your account suspended can be devastating to some, as for many people being a trader on eBay is their main source of income, and being barred and prohibited from doing this can come as a major blow to your earnings.
The reasons for the suspension are irrelevant, sometimes it can be something as silly as breaking a rule that you were previously unaware of, and as a repercussion, for that, you’ve had your account(s) suspended.
And because of the way eBay works, the mistake on one account has affected all of your linked accounts, hampering your business.
That is why it is always handy to have a few stealth accounts on the side so that even if one gets taken down, a business can flow as usual, and that is the goal of this article. But first, it is important to understand…
What is an eBay stealth account?
In simple terms, stealth eBay accounts are accounts that are created using information that is not your own, now, it’s important to understand that this isn’t identity fraud.
To be more specific, it just means that you are using an alias and information that you own that don’t necessarily coincide with the information on your ID card or other documents used to identify you.
Here it is important to know that eBay already has your previous account information stored internally after a suspension, that’s why you need to be creative while creating a stealth account.
Why would you need an eBay stealth account?
As has been previously mentioned in this article, the main reason you would need a stealth account is to get around your suspension, and when eBay decides to suspend an account, they also keep information that has been previously given to them, this is also how they can catch and suspend new accounts that you may create using the same information.
So by creating a stealth account, you get around the main hurdle of your suspension, furthermore, they won’t be able to detect that the new account is yours so you can continue on with your trade as intended.
Plus, a stealth account has the added benefit of diversifying your store, if you want to keep a certain theme on your account, or compete in another market with new products, a stealth account is a perfect way to do so.
It’s important to note that eBay allows you to have multiple accounts, just as long as they are linked, so a suspension on one can, and will affect every one of those accounts.
If you want to strictly follow eBays terms of usage do that, and before you make a new stealth account make sure that the suspension is permanent and that the requirements for reinstatement cannot be met.
How to create an eBay stealth account
With the previous points out of the way, these are the key things you must adhere to when creating your stealth account:
- Use new information and banking accounts
- Get rid of eBays browser cookies and Flash object tracking
- Change your device’s IP location
Use new information and banking accounts
If you’ve been following the article closely this is pretty obvious, seeing as eBay already has all of your previous information that you’ve used it’s a pretty good idea to use new information or pseudonyms.
While eBay does not link accounts that have the same names, it can be a pointer tho so keep that in mind.
So using a family members identity can be a way to circumvent that problem, just make sure their name or any other document like an (SSN) “Social Security Number” is not linked to a previous account, because it can also be used as a way to verify someone’s identity, tho this is only applicable in the US.
If you’re in the United States you can also use a (DBA) “Doing Business As” name, while in other countries that have a similar policy, the same principle applies.
Furthermore, a DBA and LLC are completely legal to use, the benefit of this is that a DBA will give you an (EIN) “Employee ID Number” that you can use instead of an SSN.
Every honest business needs to have an address to its name, it’s important if customers need to return an item, and may get you reported if every time they ask for an address they get sent an alternative address than the one listed on your account, so to make sure that everything goes optimally add a real address that you can use, be it that of a friend or family, just as long as you have their consent and cooperation.
Or alternatively, you can open up a P.O Box that you can also use for this matter.
Just like with the address before, you must have a valid phone number that can be contacted and reached if eBay or someone requires it.
Alternatively, you can use a phone number provider that will reroute calls to your actual number, there are many companies that offer this service so pick the one that’s best suited for you, just make sure they have phone numbers from the city your account’s address is registered at.
You can use any email address for this, though Gmail should be preferred as they disable web beacons by default, these web beacons are tiny images that eBay places in emails so that they may track your IP.
If you’re unsure if this option is disabled or not go to “settings” and locate the “external content option” and make sure that “Ask before displaying external content” is selected.
Bank Accounts & Credit Cards
For this part you can use banking information that you have not previously used for making an account, you may also use a PayPal account that has not been previously used if you have that option available.
PayPay doesn’t have a way to verify your bank account name even tho they ask for it, and for your own good never give false banking details, the repercussions are not worth it.
eBay employs these browser cookies and Flash object tracking exactly for the reason of combating fraud and malpractice, but they can also hamper you on your way to creating your new account, so here’s how you get rid of them.
The best way to do this is to use programs like CCleaner for clearing the cookies, but be aware, that if you’re operating multiple stealth accounts eBay can get suspicious if your cookies for your account are constantly being cleared, so it’s best to create another user account on your personal computer, thus if you need to clear cookies on one account, they remain on the other.
And for clearing Flash object tracking just visit your “Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager” and delete your Flash cookies that way, you can access this with your browser.
Change your device’s IP address
This may be the most important part, as every device that uses the internet is assigned an IP address, look at it as your device’s ID card, if a previous account has been suspended on that device with that IP address, the IP address is blacklisted and will be used in the future to suspend you again if another account is detected with the same IP address.
The best method to navigate around this problem is to use a different device while making your stealth account, but if you don’t have one on hand it isn’t the most cost-effective method of solving the problem.
So, alternatively, you can use VPNs or proxies, the effectiveness of these is debatable but at least they are a more cost-effective method of solving the issue than buying a new device every time we get suspended.
Create your stealth account
Now that we’ve gone over everything let’s sum it up again, you’ll need information that hasn’t been used before that eBay doesn’t have stored anywhere, things like names, addresses, numbers, emails, and bank/PayPal accounts are included here.
And after you’ve cleared all of your cookies and Flash object trackers and got a new IP address you are all set up to create your new stealth account. But all of this will be for nothing if you don’t…
Protect your stealth account
Stealth accounts are just as susceptible to woes and problems as any regular account, so it’s important to protect them just as you would a normal account, as such it’s important to mention certain things.
Doing all the things you do for protecting regular accounts are obvious, but there are certainly other things you must consider if you wanna keep your stealth account.
Things like mismanaging information and logging in with a different IP address can be a dead giveaway to you being flagged, so try not to confuse the information, the best way to do all of this is to sort it somewhere.
Another dead giveaway can be if your listings are the same across every account, this isn’t very intuitive at the start but eBay pays attention to this, and if it notices that different accounts have the exact same wording and prices for the same item listing it may get you flagged.
And in regards to the PayPay account that you may use, it’s always a good idea of keeping 100$-150$ in it, it can be tempting to withdraw the money right away if you’re selling high-risk items, but doing so may get you flagged, so try and withdraw rarely when you absolutely need it.
Are stealth accounts legal?
Of course, they are, they don’t infringe on any law regarding these matters, it’s just frowned upon by eBay as it bypasses their rules and regulations.
Can I have multiple accounts on eBay?
Of course, you can just understand the differences between regular accounts and stealth accounts, the former requires you to link them, while the latter doesn’t
How many backup accounts should I have?
As mentioned previously, as many as you need, stealth accounts are a great way to reach a wider audience and break into new markets.
Why did eBay suspend my account?
It’s important to understand that eBay has certain terms and conditions on top of rules and regulations while trading on their site, and if any one of these is broken they have the right to suspend an account.
Can I have 2 accounts with the same PayPay address?
Yes you can, eBay supports this option, just know that it isn’t a good idea to do it for a stealth account as it’s a dead giveaway.
eBay suspended my stealth account, what do I do?
Go back to step 1 and follow the instructions again.