A 62 year old eBay user in the UK, registered since 1998 had her ID "Animal" replaced by eBay, without her consent, with the new ID "animal_animal123" her previous ID "Animal" was allegedly then handed over to the manufacturer of certain surf wear products. This sets a new low for eBay if indeed they have hijacked a veteran registered user’s common word name and finally completely caved in to courting large business partners. Small seller beware, it’s a clear signal (if anymore were needed) that you cannot safely establish a brand of your own on eBay.
Animal UK were contacted by an eBay user from eBays Seller Central Boards where the original information was posted, Animal UK responded:
"I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say that we've requested eBay return the "animal" eBay ID back to its original owner as soon as possible. When the eBay ID was offered to us as part of opening a shop on eBay there was no mention of the impact and issues that this would cause. We've contacted eBay today and insisted they return the username and we will trade under the ?animalshop? ID.
Thank you for getting in touch with us and please be assured this is not how we do business."
Nice piece of work ebay...
The original user has now received their ID back AND Animal UK is trading under the ID AnimalShop AnimalFreeSports.