I recently bought a large inventory of a Senate campaign's paperwork and BIG stack of 1948 Western Union Telegrams, all addressed to a famous U.S. Senator, as congratulations on his election to the U.S. Senate. The stack has congratulatory telegrams from many famous people, politicians & notables from around the country, even some from overseas.
I had planned on offering specific Western Union Telegrams from famous people, to this Senator, along with a selection of campaign literature, as a package deal. To begin, I had planned on putting up about 50 individual offerings on a fixed listing, each with a famous name on a Western Union Telegram, associated with the listings.
eBay said I was trying to get people to use Western Union as the method of payment, and therefore the listing was denied. Called eBay, spent 45 minutes trying to work this thru, finally gave up and will post ALL 50 or more listings on another site.
Let's see; $20 per listing, 50 listings, that's $1,000 in listings that eBay will never see.
eBay could care less.
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Here's the message eBay displayed:
"It appears you are offering Western Union as a payment method which is not permitted in the eBay marketplace. Buyers have a wide variety of choices when deciding how to pay sellers. Most payment methods offer a high degree of safety and convenience, however, a few simply are not appropriate for the eBay marketplace. Based on safety concerns and input from the Community, eBay established an Acceptable Payment Policy that clarifies eBay's position on payment methods. Please revise your listing by removing the non-permitted payment method."