|Sun July 20 2008 22:47:48|
eBay Forcing PayPal on Sellers?
By: Ina Steiner
Beginning Friday, eBay began displaying messages telling some sellers they must offer PayPal or a merchant credit card because of a "limited transaction history on eBay." ChopSueySisters posted an image on the eBay Stores board of a message she said she received on one of her accounts. Other threads also appeared on the PayPal board describing similar experiences, here and here.
The BrewNews blogger wrote about the issue, saying he had the same thing happen to him. He wrote that he had spoken to an eBay support rep, who told him that eBay.com would eventually be requiring all sellers to offer PayPal unless they have a merchant account and speculated that this was a warning message to inform all sellers about the 21-day hold policy.
The ramifications for sellers without merchant credit card accounts would be quite serious - eBay announced a new PayPal 21-day hold policy in January at the same time it announced other controversial changes to its site.
UPDATE 7/22/08: eBay did display this message in error to some sellers, see new blog post.