I read with interest that eBay’s attempts to force Australian users to exclusively use their PayPal payments system for all transactions has now been abandoned following protests and an investigation by the Australian competition commission.
Back in the mists of time when I actually used eBay, Paypal was an available payments system and was not owned by eBay itself. Sellers & buyers could process transactions by a variety of mutually agreeable means including Bidpay, cheques, money orders etc. eBay have claimed that restricting payments to an approved method reduces the prospect of rip off auctions.
In May eBay removed the ability for sellers to leave nagative feedback for buyers who did not pay for purchased items which left the balance of power with buyers. In addition money paid via PayPal is held for 21 days or until a positive feedback is left by the buyer.
In the UK users of eBay has declined significantly and there have been tentative signs that eBay wishes to restrict payment methods in a similar way here too.
I have a feeling that should that happen then such a move may sadly not receive as much of an official backed protest as in Australia.
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