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How can I verify that an eBay user is a registered seller?

  • Answer ID 80
  • Published 06/13/2004 05:25 PM
  • Updated 10/20/2013 06:40 AM
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How can I verify that an eBay user is a registered seller?

The only manner to determine that an eBay user is a registered seller is by making a 'minimal' VerifyAddItem request as seen below. This boiler-plate request is a fully functional VerifyAddItem call with the least amount of call overhead possible for a valid API request.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<VerifyAddItemRequest xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
<Description>Test Item</Description>
<Location>San Jose, CA</Location>
<Title>Seller Test Item Title</Title>

If the user is not a seller, the following error message will be returned:

<ShortMessage>Credit card not found.</ShortMessage>
<LongMessage>We're sorry, but before you list an item, you must create a seller's account by submitting a valid credit card through our secure form.</LongMessage>

If the user is a seller, the standard VerifyAddItem Response will be returned, showing the Listing Fees, and a 0 value for ItemID.

Secondly, the GetUser API function returns a number of circumstantial indicators such as having a credit card, PowerSeller field, etc.. These indicators are useful for determining the specifics of a given eBay user, though, they can not be used to determine, with absolute certainty, that a user is a registered seller. Your specific application may be able to provide logic based on GetUser return values for application-specific user determinations.

* Please be aware that the minimal VerfiyAddItem request is the only bullet-proof manner for determining if an eBay user is a registered seller.



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