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eBay Encourages Buyers to Use Credit Cards and not PayPal

eBay Encourages Buyers to Use Credit Cards, not PayPal

eBay is running a promotion encouraging buyers to use credit cards to pay. A reader brought it to our attention, noting that when they placed an order, eBay displayed a coupon offer at checkout called “YOUSAVETEN.”

What’s unusual is that the reader saw the offer after they had already hit the buy button – the promotion was displayed during checkout. But it’s possible they may have missed an invitation in their messages.

Initially the reader was uncertain why eBay was offering a discount, but then, they said, they found the catch – “A buyer must use their credit or debit card to make the purchase – no PayPal.”

The popup box read “Get $10 off when you spend $30 or more using your credit or debit card. Remember it for faster checkout.”

“Always an angle with eBay,” they said.

On SlickDeals, eBay users reported seeing the offer as early as March 19 and said it runs through the 26th.

“I got 5 off 15 with code YOUSAVEFIVE,” another user wrote.

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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). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

2 thoughts on “eBay Encourages Buyers to Use Credit Cards and not PayPal”

  1. ….to push people into MP where it makes more money AND it removes any fairness anyone can get on the site by dumping Paypal.

    Another sneaky 2bit low down eBay trick ……

  2. Ultimately it would make little difference to a buyer who uses their bank account to pay for something.

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