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10:55 am on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Auction website eBay has delayed plans to make Australian users pay for items solely via the firm's Paypal service after the country's regulator objected.

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) said competition could be hurt if eBay went ahead with the switch to a single payment method.

[news.bbc.co.uk...]

12:24 pm on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure that I agree with this. It is their business after all. Shouldn't they be allowed to decide how to take payments?
12:57 pm on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Shouldn't it be up to the seller? Ebay has sellers, and they charge a premium to the sellers. Yahoo stores collect a premium too, but I don't think they are the deciding factor whether or not you are allowed to take american express.
2:10 pm on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I read the report as saying that a merchant's customer will be forced to open a Paypal account in order to purchase. If that is correct then the Australian regulator was right to act.
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Did you guys know that merchants can no longer leave neutral or negative feedback for buyers?

We've already been screwed once since this change and there's no way to warn other merchants about a bad buyer. This is NOT good.

Today we got an email from another merchant about a buyer that was really bad news. Unfortunately we had already shipped the item. then we find out he put a stop funds through paypal on the shipment. 200.00 down the drain until we get reimbursed through seller protection and who knows how long that will be.

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Unfortunately we had already shipped the item.

UPS has a new service to intercept packages before they are delivered. Request Delivery Intercept [ups.com].

It works. We've used it.

Ebay is making it harder to justify doing business through them.

5:27 pm on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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><>>> Did you guys know that merchants can no longer leave neutral or negative feedback for buyers?

I read that. I just couldn't figure out what the thinking was behind this move. Unless they're working towards the idea that feedback==useless.

9:36 pm on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I hate eBay,and I hate Paypal,too...
1:01 am on June 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I read the report as saying that a merchant's customer will be forced to open a Paypal account in order to purchase.

What eBay wants to do is require all payments be made via PayPal. They know instances of fraud are lower when transactions are paid for through PayPal. Australia is to be a test as eBay is considering doing this in all countries.

You don't have to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal.

If that is correct then the Australian regulator was right to act.

I disagree. Even if eBay required all payments be made in the form of goats and chickens, the government should stay out of it. If someone doesn't want to pay by the payment methods accepted, then don't buy that item.

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8:44 am on June 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You don't have to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal.

I have twice in my life made payments to merchants who used paypal. On the second occasion I was ordered by Paypal to log in to the account that I had never opened because I had already used that card.

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I think the whole thing is silly, to be honest, people should decide how they want to pay for things online. They should have the freedom to choose the payment solution that works best for them, and not have one rammed down their throat....