PayPal only for EBay

eBay Australia have sent letters out to their 5 Million customers warning non compliance with their new Pay Pal ruling will result in removal from the site.

eBay Australia have sent letters out to their 5 Million customers warning non compliance with their new Pay Pal ruling will result in removal of users product listings from the site.

The letter shows there is little hope for users hoping to stop the PayPal/ eBay juggernaut, as eBay continues its quest to make PayPal the only electronic payment mechanism available on eBay. eBay plans to cease all other payments apart from COD on July 15, making PayPal, an eBay subsidiary, the only electronic payment mechanism available on the auction website.

In the letter to eBay customers, the auction house warned: “As previously communicated, any listings that do not comply with eBay’s Accepted Payments Policy will be removed.

“We strongly recommend that in order to ensure your listings comply with the Accepted Payments Policy, you remove any details of payment methods other than PayPal or pay on pick-up within the item description.

“Listings that have other payment methods offered within the payment options field will be allowed to expire, as these options will not be displayed to buyers from 15 July 2008.”

EBay’s directive comes despite a preliminary ruling last week by the competition watchdog the ACCC, that restricting transactions to PayPal would be anti-competitive. EBay had planned to introduce the new payment arrangements yesterday but, as a result of the ACCC ruling, July 15 will be the new start date for the policy.

If the ACCC decides against eBay, the auction house could still appeal the ruling with the Competition Tribunal.

Source: Australian IT

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