eBay Drops PayPal Only Plan In Australia

    July 11, 2008

eBay Australia has officially dropped its proposal to move to a PayPal only system in the country.

eBay’s decision comes after sellers expressed their anger last week at a conference held by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the company’s plans to only accept PayPal on the site.

The new plan would have forced sellers to pay fees to PayPal Australia on top of the fees they pay to eBay.

After the conference, eBay said it would continue to allow sellers to accept other payment methods, but they had to offer PayPal as an option.

"We have decided to withdraw the notification to stop any further confusion and disruption among the eBay Community," eBay said in a statement. "eBay regrets any uncertainty that this process has caused among the community and believes that this decision will remove further doubt."

eBay had argued that its PayPal service was more secure than other payment methods and that it would reduce fraud. "eBay’s goal has always been to provide members with a safer experience. Under the current circumstances, we will continue to look for ways to do that while still offering a variety of payment choices."