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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.
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.
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.