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Ok, here's another thought I'd like to throw out there...

When you are selling with multiple accounts, we all know the accounts get linked up through your cookies, IP, etc etc. Let's say you get a violation, be it Vero, or what not, on one account. And we all know if you get a certain amount of violations on one account, you get booted. But, what if on the account you got Vero'd once, you simply clean it up a little bit, and focus more on your other account(s). Then lets say you get Vero'd on account # 2. And lets say you clean it up on that account, and focus on account #3. Does anyone see where I'm going with this?

We all know that after a certain magic number of violations, you get suspended. So the question is, if you have 1 or 2 violations per account, spread out over numerous accounts, do those get linked up and cause you to get suspended in the same amount of time, or does it delay the inevitable, or does it stop them from suspending you all together if you just have one violation per account spread over umpteen accounts?
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I understand what you are saying, but I don't think you understand what I'm saying.

If you are selling with multiple accounts, most people are not going to be thorough enough to clean out their cookies and change their IP each time they log into one of their accounts. Even if you try, sooner or later, if you are running multiple active selling accounts, you'll screw up, and they'll wind up linked. For most of us, it'll be difficult, if not impossible, to run multiple active accounts at the same time that don't get linked.

The real question is, when ebay issues a violation, do they check the violation history of only that user ID, or also any account linked to that? I'm saying if you have one account that you sell from, you get 3 or 4 violation in a short time, you're gone. But, if you have 5 or 6 accounts and they get magically linked in their system, and each one gets 2 violations, will you be gone just as fast, or will you still be under the radar? I'd be interested to know if someone has some relevant experience in this and can give some experienced advice.
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The one thing that doesn't quite make sense is what you said..."if one goes down, all will be suspended in a matter of weeks."

I was suspended on Monday. I had 2 other accounts. All were under different email address, and I believe different versions of my name, but I did not try to do anything special to really separate them. I logged into all of them on the same IP, same cookies, etc. I didn't really care if they were linked, and I assume that since I made no effort to not have them linked, that they got linked.

My main one got suspended on Monday, I've appealed, I'll give them till end of next week to reinstate me, and then I'll try the clean up tactics discussed here. The thing is, while I did not have anything for sale or any action going on with the other two accounts, both are still up and running at the moment.

To get to my point, sorry I get long winded sometimes, why don't they all get suspended at the same time? Don't get me wrong, I don't deny anything you, or anyone else is saying here about linked accounts, but.. what sticks in my hide is if ebay is serious about banning the crap out of you, and your accounts are linked, why is it that when they ban an account, that they don't automatically ban any other account in their system that is linked to that account? I have to assume my other accounts are blacklisted like everyone said, and you said it would take weeks for them to ban a linked account. Are they waiting until I list an item, or place a bid on an item with my other accounts to ban them? I don't understand why it wouldn't be instantaneous.
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my accounts got linked last year. strange thing is they were all set up on the same ip, using the same domain.com email addresses, I never deleted cookies and never knew all the stuff I know now about linking.

out of the 5 accounts I operated at the time, 4 got taken down, but 1 they didn't touch!? it was a busy account but one which I was running down at the time, as I was planning to completely re-brand it, so only had a few listings up there.

I can't understand why 4 got cut and 1 left running. I haven't touched it since july when I got whacked and it's still there. I'm not planning on reviving it unless anybody can tell me it will be ok?
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isn`t having multiple accounts under the same details a red flag to ebay? If i understand the original poster, you would have like 5 accounts and just switch between them after a removed listing. If there is a magic number of violations before suspension worked out by a formula then you would like to think this increase in time between violations on an account could only help but only if having the big number of accounts isn`t a bad thing.
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This one is a little odd. Having more then one account and juggling between them is only asking to be suspended. If eBay doesn't suspend you for the linking of accounts, they'll suspend you with the first infraction you rack up.

It's best to work with one account at a time, as to focus and tend to it without worrying about linkage.

If you were to have multiple accounts, you would need to make sure you clean your computer and change ips before switching between them. With one little mess up, you have them linked and risk losing everything. That's why I recommend only managing one account at a time, unless you're super computer geek, like Modee.
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Having more then one account and juggling between them is only asking to be suspended

Is there a reason for that? Assuming you have multiple accounts and none of them is violating any policy, will ebay suspend you just for the sole infraction of having 3 accounts, or 5?

The reason I ask, is that in my particular business, having multiple accounts allows me to multiply my sales. I can't sell the same volume on 1 account, as I could say on 3 accounts. If I operate 3 at a time, say, I don't care if they get linked together and then if one goes down, they all go down, and I'll work on getting 3 more. For me, it'd be worth it, its just the last comment about asking to be suspended that got me curious. Are you saying that by running multiple accounts you simply run multiple risks of getting busted if you are doing something shady, or is it that ebay looks on multiple accounts as shady in and of itself?
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I can't really answer that, but I will say some of the rediculous prices I see have led me to email a few bidders. I haven't received a single reply back yet. True, they could be afraid I'll try to sell them "off ebay" but it could just as easily be multiple accounts held by the same user bidding to "up" the price. We all know shilling happens.
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I see, interesting info. So by that token, if you want to run a couple of different accounts at the same time, just accept the fact that they will eventually get linked, so it would be in your best interests to use the same altered information on each one. I wouldn't have thought of that. good idea.

On a second note, I bought me one of those simon giftaccount thingys last night. Damn thing still hasn't shown up yet. What's up with that?
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Are you saying that by running multiple accounts you simply run multiple risks of getting busted if you are doing something shady, or is it that eBay looks on multiple accounts as shady in and of itself?
I mean that you'll multiply your risks with each account you have linked together. The more accounts you have linked, the higher your risk of having them suspended! If you have 10 accounts linked together, your risk has multiplied by 10! You'll lose your accounts faster then having them separated by IP and cookies. Though separating them will take more work.

And I totally understand having multiple accounts will increase sales. If something makes you money, multiply it and you'll make more. That’s the essence of a successful business. I my self have just finished creating 50 new content websites to generate targeted traffic to my selling sites, oh and it's paying off big time now.

But that's all I meant by that. You may also call more attention to you collective of accounts if you have many. But three is fine I guess. Most households have multiple eBay accounts that share IP's. I'm guessing 2-3 is okay, 4-5 is pushing it, 5-10 may require eBay to look into it. And anymore then that, eBay might consider you large network in which they'll really look into your accounts to make sure they're legit.

I'm getting too deep with this topic; I'll leave it at that.
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