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Julia Wilkinson AuctionBytes Blog
Covering auctions, collectibles and marketplace selling.

Julia Wilkinson is Editor of the AuctionBytes Blog and is author of the "eBay Price Guide," "eBay Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks," "My Life at AOL" and numerous ebooks about selling online. You can also find her writing on Yard Salers.
Sun Feb 10 2013 15:07:23

eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal

By: Brian Cohen
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eBay announced in July 2000 that it would acquire Half.com. Two years later in July 2002, eBay announced its acquisition of PayPal. It would then take ten and a half (pun not intended) years for eBay to integrate PayPal Payments into Half.com.

Without any formal announcement, Half.com began accepting PayPal at the end of last month. "Speed up your purchase. Now Pay with PayPal at checkout" a rotating graphic advertisement announced at the top of Half.com homepage.



Although I wouldn't say the eBay community was aflutter with the news. At least one user (cough, Half.com employee?) signed up for eBay on January 31st, just to start a thread on the subject.

There had been so-called "workarounds" to use PayPal on Half.com as this eBay guide explained. This included purchasing "Half on eBay" listings on eBay rather than directly through Half.com. However this service was discontinued abruptly this past October.

Interestingly, Half.com has been able to process PayPal shipping labels since December 2007.

Half.com buyer protection is capped at $750 per item, so if you are purchasing expensive items on Half.com, it is recommended that you process your order with PayPal which provides full protection for your order (read the fine print). Although it's not entirely clear if PayPal is considers Half.com transactions an "off eBay" Transaction (with no cap on coverage), I wouldn't be surprised to see an update to PayPal's Buyer Protection site to specify that eBay includes all eBay properties (including Half.com).

About the Author
Brian Cohen has been an active member of the eBay community since May 1998. He currently trades under the member name Bidofthis.com. His first AuctionBytes article was published in May 2002. Brian can be contacted through his website at BidofThis.com where he always has a "little Bid of This and little Bid of That."



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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Sun Feb 10 19:02:23 2013
“Half.com buyer protection is capped at $750 per item, so if you are purchasing expensive items on Half.com, it is recommended that you process your order with PayPal which provides full protection for your order (read the fine print). …”

You bet you had better read all the fine print!

This whole story is just too funny! Regardless, I can just see PreyPal trying to take funds out of Buy’s/eBay’s pocket to reimburse all the scamming buyers, that eBay has encouraged to crawl out of the woodwork, if these buyers migrate also to Buy.com—LOL; I doubt very much that PreyPal’s “buyer protection” was ever hard wired to favour Buy’s customers (even on eBay) instead of Buy; indeed, I would expect eBay’s instructions to PreyPal regarding Buy.com will be a continuation of “hands off Buy.com transactions, PreyPal” …

eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas
eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal   eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal
by: NullApps This user has validated their user name.
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Sun Feb 10 20:27:09 2013
A couple of points:

1)  I believe eBay employees are forbidden from posting on their own forums unless they use a pink account.  I know in one of the Ask Griff threads years ago Griff stated this was a fireable offence.  It is unlikely that a Half.com employee would make such a posting.  This is most likely an anonymous posting id which is common on the forums.

2)  Was Half on eBay really discontinued?  I read the story on eCommeceBytes last year but I still see Half.com listings all over eBay. Proof: 343299448503
eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal   eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal
This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Sun Feb 10 20:40:37 2013
Here is a brief introduction to eBay’s new Terms and Conditions due to take effect on 26 March. Hopefully someone will provide a more in-depth analyses of this 2700-page document for we more simple folk …

http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/terms-conditions-ebay/

eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas
eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal   eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal
by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Feb 11 10:52:12 2013
I uesed to sell on half and it was my first selling venue, but pulled out years ago when I stopped selling books. Now I rarely hear about it anywhere, never see any ads and I'm surprised that it is still a venue.
eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal   eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal
This user has validated their user name. by: Ric
       
Mon Feb 11 11:35:54 2013
As ebay has been pushing PayPal as a payment method in B & M stores, they must have had a hard time answering one question retails executives had....

"If PayPal is such a great payment solution, why then is it not a method of payment on your Half.com division?"

The old ebay reply is unknown, but the new one will not instill much confidence either.... " It is now, it just took us 10 years to complete the transition..."

eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal   eBay's Half.com Begins Accepting PayPal
by: digger This user has validated their user name.
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Tue Feb 12 06:25:19 2013
Moonwishes - yes, Half.com is still a viable venue for selling. Normally our payments for Half.com sales are held by eBay and then distributed (less fees)twice a month. I am assuming the PayPal payments will go directly to eBay and not to the individual booksellers on Half.com. Then the payments will be distributed, less fees.


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