EBAY RESTRICTIVE COMPETITION PRACTICES


Australia’s competition and consumer watchdog, the ACCC, is bringing action to bear against online auction giant eBay. By forcing the site’s sellers to use eBay owned PayPal for sales, eBay is restricting competition and enlarging their own profits through PayPal charges on top of the charges already placed on auctions.

There is a revolt against eBay in Australia with many users flocking to other online auction sites. There are however other users who continue to use eBay, even though they are not happy with the new eBay directives for swelling items on eBay.

I would expect the ACCC to ensure that eBay’s directives to use only PayPal are not carried through here in Australia. I would have to agree with the stand taken by the ACCC, even though I still use eBay myself. I have considered moving to another online auction site but it is difficult to leave the already established eBay site for lesser known alternatives and I think this is what eBay is planning on.

Currently eBay has further delayed it’s plans to fully implement their planned changes regarding the use of PayPal until after the ACCC has reached a decision.

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