Wednesday, May 14, 2008

eBay Pants on Fire?

A new survey from eBay being emailed to US Sellers appears to contradict the star of eBay's Smoke and Spin Department, Usher Lieberman's statement on eBayINKBlog May 9th, 2008 in which he said

In the U.S., we are not mulling, planning, or otherwise seriously considering a move to PayPal-only,"

Now let me see, is IT a glitch? A test? A server error? A miscommunication?

Since we are not mulling, planning or otherwise seriously (I like definition #3 "with genuine, earnest intent; sincerely:")
considering (now that word is a bit more difficult, let me quote:"These verbs refer to holding opinions or views that are based on evaluation. Consider suggests objective reflection and reasoning" hoo boy, eBay oxymoron) a move to PayPal-only in the USA isn't this all a bit of a time waster for a whole bunch of eBay employees?

Onward to the survey!

For the next question, we'd like you to consider the following statement outlining a possible new eBay policy:

To make eBay a safer place to buy and sell, sellers will be limited to accepting only the following safer payment methods for their eBay sales:


Credit Card or Debit Card payments made directly to the seller's Merchant Account (Sellers will need to acquire a Merchant Account from a bank or other provider)

In person payment for local pickup items

Sellers can accept any one of the above payment methods, or they can accept all of the above. Sellers will receive full protection from payment reversals for items sold on eBay and paid with PayPal when they ship to the address provided by PayPal. Buyers paying with PayPal will be fully covered, no coverage limit, if their item doesn't arrive or is different than described.

Compared to what you anticipate selling in the next 12 months, if this new eBay policy is put into place, which of the following best describes your likely sales activity on eBay?

Also listed in the survey are the following items under consideration to increase Paypal & eBay use:

eBay lowers the final value fees for using PayPal
eBay removes the insertion fees for using PayPal
PayPal lowers its fees for long-term eBay customers
PayPal charges no fee for one month
PayPal offers unlimited buyer protection to attract more buyers
PayPal offers unlimited coverage to eBay sellers, without requiring confirmed shipping addresses.
eBay or PayPal provide more detailed information about PayPal and how it works
PayPal transfers funds from buyers to sellers bank accounts more quickly
eBay and PayPal fees are combined into one
eBay lowers the total eBay plus PayPal fees

How about none of the above? How about allowing Buyers & Sellers to choose between PayPal and Google Checkout. How about > > >

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Howzit Henrietta?

I got that survey. I thought it was funny that the question was buried well into the survey. Me thinks there is a rat in Denmark!

Anony Mouse