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Customizing your privacy settings

It's important to remember that everything you choose to make public on eBay is viewable to everyone. You can make some information private by customizing your privacy settings.

To customize your privacy settings, go to your profile by selecting your name above the eBay logo at the upper left of the page. Select your username in the drop-down box, then follow the instructions for each feature below.


All eBay users have a profile, and it's up to you how much information you want to share. Your username, feedback ratings, and the date you became an eBay member are visible to other members. Nothing else will be displayed unless you add a description or photo.

Collections you create

When you create a collection, it's automatically visible for everyone to see. If you'd like to make it private so that only you can see it, go to your profile and select My Collections. At the bottom of each collection, you'll see a globe icon, which means the collection is public. To make it private, select the globe, then select Private--visible to me only. You will now see a padlock icon and 'Private' at the bottom of the collection.

Searches, sellers, and collections you have saved

When you save a search (interest), a seller, or a collection, other members can see them in your profile. If you'd like to make any of them private, go to your profile, and, under Saved, select the Settings link on the right side of the screen. All of your saved searches, sellers, and collections will be displayed. At the bottom of each is a globe icon and the word 'Public' (this interest is visible to everyone), or a padlock icon and the word 'Private' (this interest is visible to you only). For any setting that you want to change, select the globe or padlock icon and choose either the Public or Private privacy setting.

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