STRK:MEWAX:IT at the end of eBay links?

These strange looking keywords are appended to the item URL when clicking on links in My Ebay.

The following is added to item URLs when they appear in these lists:
URL part From section
&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT My Ebay Watching
?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT My Ebay Bidding
?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT My Ebay Won (Purchases)
?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT My Ebay Sold

To some people, the uppercase string of abbreviations seems to look sinister and dirty. Seems like the Ebay programmers have taken some comedic liberty in the choice of abbreviations, and unfortunately it turned out like this. It has definitely stirred the curiosity of many users, however with no further information available, people just give up trying to find out. It has been around for many years (and is still the case as late as 2014).

It doesn't appear to have any end-user purposes, as removing the ssPageName=STRK:xxxx:xx part from the URL makes no difference to how the page is displayed. It may have something to do with Ebay's internal metrics, where these STRK arguments allow their analytics to tell if users clicked on an item from a list in "My Ebay", or from search results.

Additionally, a tracking ID such as &_trksid=p3xxx.m1xxx.l2xxx (where xxx is a three digit number) is also appended to the end of the item URL.

See also: Ebay Sellers: Package Included


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