By being a Spanish resident I created my eBay account using my local address given the fact that eBay’s expansion in Eastern Europe hasn’t been a subject since god knows when so we never had the opportunity to open eBay accounts from Romania on a Romanian eBay site.
The problem with the Spanish site, both for selling and buying is that the community around it is very small and the alternatives and structure are also trimmed down to the very basic local interests which makes finding specific stuff and buying it very difficult.
So the alternative in this case is to use the .co.uk site in order to find the stuff you need and buy it from there using your local eBay account. I’ve been doing this for years and even listed items for sales on the .co.uk website without having any issues, but over the past year each time I made a purchase using the .co.uk website and the account registered on the .es website I ended up having my account locked by eBay for unauthorized use:
The funny thing about this is that all logins are made from the same IP, device and browser so it’s impossible for me to hack my own eBay account. Actually all of the factors related to the detection of illegitimate use of eBay accounts relied previously on tech aspects such as the location, browser and devices used along with the actions taken. Buying stuff and paying with a legit payment method linked to the eBay account was never a vector for blocking an account. Until recently when someone at eBay went fully retarded and introduced the site used to purchase as a vector in the system which is now blocking legitimate actions if executed on websites different than the one where the account is registered.
Could it get more retarded than this? I’m pretty sure it could…