ACCC To Decide Whether eBay Are Being Greedy Dicks With PayPal Only Payments

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There is still hope that eBay won’t be able to restrict payments to PayPal only. The day after they made the announcement that they would only accept cash and Paypal for online transactions, lawyers representing eBay requested immunity from the Trade Practices Act from the ACCC.

According to Australian IT:

Section 47 of the Act prohibits exclusive dealing which broadly
involves one trader imposing restrictions on another’s freedom to
choose with whom, in what or where it deals. In some cases, exclusive
dealing is prohibited outright and, in other cases, only where it
substantially lessens competition.

eBay doesn’t feel that restricting it’s customers to Paypal will substantially lessen competition. They stand by their claim that the move is done exclusively to protect customers.

The ACCC is now calling for submissions (including from you), as to whether the move should be considered anti-competitive.

From the comments to the original story, it’s obvious that a lot of eBay buyers aren’t fazed by this. And why would they be? Buyers will definitely benefit from the added protection Paypal offers, without any significant negative impact. However, it’s the sellers that suffer – they’re the ones who will have to pay twice over to eBay to sell their goods, whether they like it or not. Even if you only use Paypal already, as a buyer or seller, taking away the choice of payment options and leaving only an alternative that will make eBay more money has to be seen as inspired by greed.

So, if you find this whole situation morally corrupt, make sure you let the ACCC know. But you need to do it by May 2. Hopefully the ACCC will sort this whole situation out in a way that benefits consumers, not eBay shareholders.

[Australian IT]

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