Discogs asking for social security number

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Bill Mac, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Bill Mac

    Bill Mac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    So. ME USA
    I've never sold items on Discogs and decided to setup an account. In the process they ask for a social security number and birth date. There's no way I'm giving them my social security number :rolleyes:! Is there a way around not listing the social security number?
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  2. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    No such request was made of me, before putting my collection in their database.

    EDIT : "Requirements vary based on whether or not the Seller is an individual or company. All Sellers are required to upload a social security number as part of the signup process."

    Discogs Payments Policy

    Things change.

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2018
  3. eelkiller

    eelkiller Now with enhanced loudness

    Just enter a random number. :angel:
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  4. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Would that work though? Isn't there an algorithm of some sort that can check if the numbers are valid?

    I think Discogs has to collect that information as part of their legal requirements (Discogs Forum - Discogs payments see Staff post near the bottom)

    I also think this relates to their Discogs payment program specifically which they are running for US sellers domestic transations. This program removes Paypal out of the loop. I think you can opt out of that program but I don't know for sure.
  5. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    Sounds like it's for tax reporting purposes, similar to Paypal's issuing a 1099 to high volume sellers.
  6. Archguy

    Archguy Forum Resident

    Richmond VA
    I never gave PayPal my SSN and I've been with them for many years as seller and buyer.

    The fewer times you give out your SSN, the better. It cannot be changed.

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