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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1960 - January 21, 2009 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 3

eBay Expands Guest Buying Program to 15 Transactions

By Ina Steiner
January 21, 2009

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eBay introduced a Guest Buying program 2 years ago that allows visitors to make purchases without fully registering for the site. One of the program's restrictions is that guests are required to pay with credit cards via PayPal, though they are not required to open a PayPal account.

PayPal spokesperson Michael Oldenburg said that because of fraud and safety concerns, eBay and PayPal continue to limit the number of times buyers can use credit cards as a guest. But, he said, they have increased the number of transactions guests may make since eBay imposed its new "paperless payments" policy (eBay's ban on checks and money orders). Visitors may now make up to 15 purchases as a guest.

Details of the program are found on the eBay help pages.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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