|Wed Apr 9 2008 17:02:05|
eBay Australia Makes PayPal Processing Mandatory
By: Ina Steiner
It's official - eBay is requiring that users in Australia use its PayPal payment service on all transactions. While UK sellers are required to offer PayPal on their listings beginning in late April, Australia's new requirements force sellers to use PayPal exclusively, except in pick-up situations.
eBay spokesperson Nichola Sharpe said, "please be mindful that this latest announcement is specifically for eBay in Australia. There are no plans to go to a PayPal-only model for eBay in the US and we haven't announced any other markets at this time."
eBay already limited its buyer protection programs to those transactions in which a buyer uses PayPal to pay for items, including in the US. More on this breaking story in Thursday's AuctionBytes Newsflash newsletter.
Update: Here is link to the Newsflash article with the details. And yes, I specifically asked about credit cards, and Nichola Sharpe of eBay confirmed that sellers may NOT use their merchant credit card accounts (we are still talking about eBay Australia only).