Christopher Laird Simmons

Christopher Simmons

Christopher Laird Simmons has been a working journalist since his first magazine sale in 1984. He has since written for wide variety of print and online publications covering lifestyle, tech and entertainment. He is an award-winning author, designer, photographer, and musician. He is a member of ASCAP and PRSA. He is the founder and CEO of Neotrope®, based in Temecula, CA, USA.


  1. Avatar photo Christopher Simmons
    Jan 26, 2007 @ 8:36 PM PST

    UPDATE: eBay has done a wonderful thing in helping to fight the kind of phishing I talk about in my article, by hiding the information previously dound under ‘bidding history’ – which now hides the username of the bidders on an item, like the example Oberheim keyboard in the story, and replaces the username with “bidder 1,” “bidder 2,” etc.

    Here is the official notice found on the website:

    As the internet evolves, eBay continues to strike a balance between preserving transparency and protecting our Community of members. eBay has decided to change how bid history information is displayed so bad guys cannot target bidders with fake offers using this information. In certain cases, some bidders will no longer be able to view Bidder User IDs on the Bid History page. Your User ID will be shown only to you and the seller of the item you’re bidding on. Other members will see an anonymous name, such as Bidder 1, applied consistently to the Bid History page.

    This is a superb response to the enormous amount of fake eBay phishing which made it a challenge to bid on music gear, since you would inevitably get barraged by offers to buy the item from a fraudulent third party.

  2. Avatar photo Christopher Simmons
    Jun 27, 2007 @ 7:37 PM PDT

    Update – June 27, 2007
    CNET’s has good article today on how eBay has targeted and help arrest many of the fraudsters, originating from Romania (.ro) who tried to phish for musicians, et al.