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eBay Australia Policy-Change Helps PayPal Rival Paymate

By Ina Steiner
May 14, 2010

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eBay Australia will integrate online payment service Paymate into its platform in July. The marketplace announced on Thursday it would expand its Accepted Payments policy so sellers would no longer be required to offer PayPal as a payment method. As part of the policy change, it will allow Paymate to integrate with the site, giving it greater visibility to buyers and sellers.

Paymate Vice President of Sales and Marketing Greg Quinn said the integration would make it the only electronic payment option to PayPal, eBay's own payment service.

"Overall, integration provides access by both buyers and sellers to a more streamlined and seamless buying and selling experience using Paymate on eBay in the Australian market," he said.

In the U.S., eBay has allowed several payment services to integrate with its marketplace in addition to PayPal - Paymate, ProPay and Moneybookers.

eBay Australia had tried to move to a PayPal-only marketplace in 2008, but was pressured from doing so by the Australian government regulatory agency ACCC.

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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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