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Australians refuse to be forced to pay via paypal

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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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Online auctioneer eBay says it will challenge the Australian competition watchdog's ruling to block a plan to force its users onto a PayPal-only payments system.
In a statement issued this afternoon, eBay said it was "disappointed" with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission decision.
"There will be a period of negotiation, but what happens next, I couldn't speculate," an eBay spokeswoman told smh.com.au. "We're not ruling out anything at the moment."
The company said it would delay plans to roll out the PayPal-only policy until July 15. Before the ACCC stepped in, the new policy was due to come into effect next week.
Citing the "anti-competitive effect" of the proposal, the ACCC yesterday issued a draft ruling blocking it and called on eBay to postpone the roll out.
Although the ACCC's final decision is still pending, it is unusual for draft rulings to be reversed once they have been issued.
eBay's proposal would have required items bought and sold on the site to be paid for using PayPal, which eBay owns.
Although cash on delivery or pick-up would still be acceptable, most other payment methods would all be barred.
The move would have imposed extra costs on sellers as PayPal charges a fee to accept payments via the service. This would be in addition to auction charges.
eBay, which claims to have more than five million registered customers in Australia, argues that PayPal "significantly enhances protection" for buyers and sellers from fraud.
"eBay believes the consumer benefits of this initiative are worth fighting for on behalf of its buyers which will ultimately benefit sellers," the statement said.
The PayPal-only plan is an initiative of eBay's Australian branch office. If successful, it may have been adopted by eBay in other countries.
"Other markets will look very closely at this to see how it works out," the spokeswoman said.
The Trading Post, one of eBay competitors, has weighed in to the debate, saying eBay's decision to contest the ACCC's ruling shows it is "blatantly disregarding the needs" of its local buyers and sellers.
The Trading Post, the print and online classifieds business that is owned by Telstra's Sensis arm, launched its own online auction site last month.
"Australians should be questioning whether eBay is really looking after their best interests," said Sensis Classifieds's general manager, Stephen Hughes, in a statement.
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Choice..........I love it !!
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Australians don't give a XXXX for paypal either then :w00t:

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