eBay To Require U.S. Sellers To Take PayPal If They Ship Globally

Effective July 9

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eBay is requiring global sellers to increasingly accept its PayPal payment service. In the U.S. eBay is forcing sellers who ship internationally to accept international PayPal transactions under Section 4.3 of the PayPal users agreement that goes into effect July 9, 2008.

All sellers in the UK are required to accept PayPal in all of their listings and eBay is challenging government regulators in Australia over its plan to move to a PayPal only system in that country.

The requirement of accepting PayPal in the UK does not allow shoppers there to view international listings. According to an AuctionBytes reader, "What eBay appears to have done is to prevent every listing that doesn’t offer Paypal being copied onto the ebay.co.uk servers. So if you do a Worldwide or EU search from ebay.co.uk, then it no longer shows those international listings that don’t offer Paypal."

"So if you’re a German seller who only offers Bank Transfers, or a US seller that only offers Money Orders & Cashier Checks, then potential buyers in the UK will never ever see your listings."

eBay is also introducing policies that require sellers to have a single payment policy for all sales, both domestically and internationally.

eBay sellers who sell internationally prefer to limit payment methods on foreign transactions due to geographic reasons and to reduce risk.


eBay To Require U.S. Sellers To Take PayPal If They Ship Globally
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  • froliky

    Far too many risks on eBay now with the combined loopholes in favor of the buyer, especially for overseas items. better get signature confirmation on the valuable stuff. Not much to crow about on ebay until it is safe to sell again.  The rising tide of competition is eroding the ebay sand castle.  They have not built it safe enough and now  the buyer has no feedback restraint. They are being paid more than they can deliver and they are allowing too much fraud. All the new features add up to smoke and mirrors.


  • Guest

    a buyer in Europe refused the merchandise, Paypal gave the money back and I lost Paypal fees, shipping expence and the merchandise.

    I cant do Ebay much longer.

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