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Ebay, yet another cat chucked in amongst the pigeons

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"30 January, 2008 | 06:20PM GMT From 20th February 2008, we'll be changing the policy around how sellers are allowed to treat VAT in their listings. Currently, we leave it to sellers to decide w… Read More
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
"30 January, 2008 | 06:20PM GMT

From 20th February 2008, we'll be changing the policy around how sellers are allowed to treat VAT in their listings.

Currently, we leave it to sellers to decide whether they include VAT in the selling price or add it after the sale at the checkout.

Based on strong feedback from both the buyer and seller community, we're changing the policy so that it will no longer be permissible to add VAT charges to an item after the sale. If you're VAT registered, and therefore must charge VAT on the items you sell, the prices visible to buyers in your listings must be inclusive of VAT.

Regards,

The eBay Team"

Gonna be some mighty ****ed off sellers next month. Not a moment too soon imho as it's always wound me up. Not so much the auction sellers though, that's sort of fair to add VAT after sale, but BIN sellers.... They already KNOW how much VAT is going to be due so should have been listing with VAT from day one. More level playing field. I also like the new sort by price+postage option in the search. Weeds out those rip off P&P sellers quite effectively LOL.
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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#1
about time too!
#2
Now I wonder if ebay will make an allowance for VAT regged customers ie, they only charge the FVF up to the pre vat value.

Oh what a silly idea, of course not, they'll charge FVF on the VAT too. More easy money.:lol: Ebay has seriously lost the mission overall, they should remember their roots.
#3
lmao, i compained about a ebayer tuesday because of that fact! because he had fifa 08 listed as £28 (inclusive of p&p) which is a good price but then i read his ad and right at the bottom it said Add VAT afterwards. so that would have been around another 4 quid on top...
#4
I got caught by this and was not impressed 1 bit about adding VAT after the sale.

Glad they changing it
#5
Im glad they are changing this as well, as im fed up as well of it!
#6
http://forums.ebay.co.uk/thread.jspa?messageID=1103779342

I wonder who that Tales fellow could be.... :lol: ;-)
#7
I say well done ebay. :thumbsup:
#8
This isn't ebay responding to their feedback from both the buyer and seller community, they have to do this.

Which probably explains why this is actualy a good change for once. ;-)
#9
nightswimmer
This isn't ebay responding to their feedback from both the buyer and seller community, they have to do this.


Explain....:)
#10
Shengis
Explain....:)


IIRC this is another one of the areas where there have been rumblings from the Powers That Be that eBay could be investigated if they didn't do something about it. According to the "Price Marking Order 2004", when selling to private consumers, rather than trade, all prices must be inclusive of VAT.
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nightswimmer
IIRC this is another one of the areas where there have been rumblings from the Powers That Be that eBay could be investigated for if they didn't do something about it. When selling to private consumers, rather than trade, all prices must be inclusive of VAT .


I thought that was what you meant, not sure if the UK price marking order applies though now they're based in Luxembourg? Maybe theres an EC version, cba to check though.
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Shengis
I thought that was what you meant, not sure if the UK price marking order applies though now they're based in Luxembourg? Maybe theres an EC version, cba to check though.


I don't think it matters. It's British sellers, selling to British consumers, and whilst eBay isn't based in the UK, they are providing the template that contains the pricing information (i.e. when you go to bid, or BIN, etc., they are the ones displaying the prices. It's another one of those grey areas.

And that's the problem eBay has, they live and survive in those grey areas - it's how they escape the usual consumer laws (by claiming to be a venue rather than an auction house, saying that the contract is between the buyer and the seller and nothing to do with them, etc., etc.). So far, they have managed to get away with this because so ar no one big enough has managed to challenge them on it. However, now the Government has turned it's eyes their way, and they are a body big enough to take eBay on. The last thing eBay wants is any kind of Government investigation/legal action, because any such action would in all likelyhood end up settling once and for all whether eBay does or doesn't come under the UK's consumer laws, etc. eBay just can't risk this because if they lose, they will be open to a massive amount of lawsuits, and will have to change their whole business model. This is IMHO what all these recent changes are about. They are forcing sellers to come under the DSR and complying to these sorts of regulations in the hopes that they themselves can once again wash their hands of any responsibility and remain in the grey.

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