eBay Australia Narrows Payment Options

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Brace yourself for another round of boycotts; eBay intends to force all Australian users to deal with PayPal – and pretty much only PayPal – from June 17th forward.

The other option is to pay with cash in person, but since Australia is only slightly smaller than the continental U.S., this might not always be practical.  Also, paying in person defeats some of the most obvious benefits of online auctions.

eBay's Narrowing Payment Options
 eBay’s Alastair MacGibbon

On to the protests, then.  Slashdot is full of people debating the move’s legality and/or swearing off eBay.  Others say they’ll do the same if eBay tries to limit payment options in their home countries.  There’s not much (figurative) confetti in the air.

Nonetheless, Alastair MacGibbon, eBay’s trust and safety director, explained the move to Stephen Fenech by stating, "[You’re] four times less likely to have a problem on eBay if you pay for the item with PayPal than, for example, with internet banking.  If you can reduce the chance of something going wrong you increase the safety of people of buying on eBay which is great for sellers."

Sellers preparing to abandon the site would appear to disagree.

eBay Australia Narrows Payment Options
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  • http://www.netndx.com sean

    could this be test marketing for the U.S.?

    • Robert J

      Sure looks like it , the Aussie ACCC (consumer affair) have been bombarded with complaints following announcement and are looking for submissions , they hopefully wont get away with this one again as they did in 2005 (Digital product payment). They are trying to circumvent established Au trading laws and hoped it would all go quietly .

      All in the name of "increased security" when all but a few know  it is purely to extort more fees upon fees (like a double tax! )

      They have underestimated Aussie resolve for a fair go. They will vote with their feet.

      All who can put your submissions to the ACCC. They want submissions and are listening  

  • boycott-ebay.net

     I urge all buyers and sellers on eBay around the world to take a stand against the greed that has set in to eBay’ headquarters.

    May 1st 2008 is the next worldwide eBay Strike day, join in and let eBay know now before it’s too late. In 5 years people will be talking about the site that was "eBay".

    eBay! What’s eBay?

    Make some NOISE!


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