eBay Raises the Limit on Guest Buying

    January 21, 2009
    Chris Crum

eBayAuctionBytes is reporting that eBay has expanded its Guest Buying feature. People can buy items through eBay without being fully registered as a member. They have just increased the number of purchases a guest can make before having to become a full-fledged member.

This seems like a curious move considering the amount of emphasis they have placed upon secure payment, even going so far as to prohibit checks and money orders as payment options. The limitations of buying as a guest include:

– The price of the item can be no more than $2000.

– The item’s seller needs to have a Feedback score of 50 or higher and a positive rating of 98% or more.

– The item can be purchased using Buy It Now, not auction-style.

– Payments need to be made with a credit card processed by PayPal. Note that PayPal lets you send payments quickly and securely online, and your credit card information will not be shared with the seller.

I am assuming that the move is a small effort to keep people using eBay to do their online shopping. Users are likely more inclined to buy something from eBay if they know they don’t have to register for an account. With the year of criticism eBay has had, who can blame them for that? The company is expected to announce its earnings later today.