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eBay, PayPal Policy Update

PayPal has revised its policy concerning international transactions under Section 4.3 of the PayPal users agreement that goes into effect July 9, 2008.

PayPal spokesman Michael Oldenburg told WebProNews that eBay was not requiring all international shippers to accept PayPal. The policy states that if eBay sellers accept PayPal, they are required to accept it for all transactions, for domestic and international payments.

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

Australia Puts Brakes On eBay PayPal Only Plan
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have told eBay to put its plans to move to a PayPal only system on hold.

"The ACCC is concerned that the notified conduct will allow eBay to use its market power in the supply of online marketplaces to substantially lessen competition in the market in which PayPal operates," ACCC Chairman, Mr. Graeme Samuel, said today.

Google Files Objection On PayPal Only Policy In Australia
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eBay users have been curious to find out who submitted an anonymous filing to the Australian regulatory agency that is reviewing eBay’s plan to move to a PayPal only option.

The submission says eBay should not be allowed to exclude competing payment methods. An AuctionBytes reader found a 38-page PDF filing that appears to have come from Google.

Microsoft Offering Cash Back Of Live Search Usage

Microsoft is all set to follow the footsteps of corporate banks that offer ‘CashBacks’ on Credit Card purchases.

eBay To Move To PayPal Only In Australia
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After negative publicity about an eBay plan to require users in Australia to use PayPal-only, its online payment system, rumors about a similar policy in the U.S. were met with a forceful denial from the company.

"In the U.S., we are not mulling, planning, or otherwise seriously considering a move to PayPal-only," wrote spokesman Usher Lieberman on the company’s eBay Ink blog. "There are U.S. market-specific reasons why PayPal-only is something we simply cannot do in the U.S."

eBay: PayPal's way or the highway

Want to auction something in Australia on eBay? PayPal will be your payment processor next month. How long will it be until they try to implement that in the US?

eBay Australia Moving To PayPal Only System
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eBay Australia says it plans to only accept online payments through its PayPal system beginning June 17.

The move by eBay is likely in violation of the Australian Trade Practices Act and the regulatory body Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) is asking for the public comment on eBay’s policy.

eBay has written the ACCC requesting immunity from legal action under the Trade Practices Act.

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.

PayPal To Buy Fraud Sciences

eBay has announced that its online payment service PayPal will purchase Fraud Sciences Ltd. in a cash transaction for $169 million.

Online Retailers Offering More Payment Options

Three out of 10 major online retailers offered new payment methods as an additional option to credit cards in December 2007, according to a study from Brulant.

Google Checkout Passes PayPal In UK
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eBay’s not likely to turn its back on PayPal; the auction company does, after all, own the payment business.  But that hasn’t kept others corporations from exploring their options, and in the UK, Google Checkout has become more popular than PayPal.

Google Checkout Extends Free Processing

Google Checkout, Google’s online payment system, is extending its free processing until February 1, 2008.

The promotion was going to end on December 31, 2007. If you’re a Google Adwords customer for every dollar you spend on AdWords, you can process $10 of sales with Google Checkout for free. After that you’ll be charged 2.0% plus $0.20 per transaction no matter what credit card is used. There are no monthly, setup, or gateway fees.

Big Holiday Deals from PayPal & Google Checkout

Google’s Checkout and eBay’s PayPal unit are showing off their big holiday offers, designed to get you to use their services when making your holiday purchases online.

Fake EUR Paypal Phishing Emails

Just received a string of clever phishing scam emails through different email addresses I operate.

I know they are phishing attempts because:

1. They do not address myself in a personal sense, ie, by name
2. They are being sent to addresses I do not use for Paypal transactions

However, they are quite convincing because even in the junkmail folder, these emails appear to have standard HREF links to the Paypal.com website.

Paypal Unveils Virtual Credit Card

PayPal has partnered with MasterCard to release the PayPal Secure Card. It’s a virtual credit card that generates a unique credit card number for each online transaction. Nothing new here, except as of tomorrow you can download software so you can easily use the service on any site, regardless if they accept Paypal or not. PayPal has been testing the feature with 3 million of its customers this past year.

Hacker Faces 60 Years

A Los Angeles computer security consultant has admitted to hijacking more than 250,000 PCs to steal money and identities.

PayPal, Yahoo, Expand Phishing Net
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Earlier today Yahoo, eBay and PayPal announced that they were partnering to protect users from phishing scams, with technology developed by Yahoo called DomainKeys.

PayPal Introduces Pay Later Option
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eBay owned PayPal has launched a new payment service called PayPal Pay Later that allows merchants to offer promotional financing.

PayPal Flashing Cash For Facebook Apps
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Looking for inroads to 30 million and growing Facebook users, PayPal is asking third-party developers to create the next killer PayPal app for the social network.

Most eBay Users Satisfied
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Seventy percent of consumers who made purchases on eBay in the last year were highly satisfied with their experience according to a new survey from Consumer Reports.