|Sun Aug 4 2013 18:38:58|
Accepting New eBay User Agreement Could Opt You into Global Sales
By: Ina Steiner
Some sellers just don't want to deal with international sales, so eBay created a program designed to take at least some of the headaches away. But sellers, beware - if you click to accept eBay's new User Agreement beginning July 1st, you could be "opting in" to the Global Shipping Program (GSP) without realizing it.
eBay warned of this back in April, but at the time, could not provide me with screenshots of what the process would look like. eBay had said it was adding provisions to its UA about the GSP, and users who hadn't yet opted in to the program could opt in by accepting the User Agreement.
But apparently the implications aren't obvious to all. Some sellers are learning that their listings are now available to international buyers. And apparently, their eligible listings are automatically showing a checkmark next to them, which the seller can uncheck if they don't wish to make those listings available to international sellers through GSP.
Sellers can opt out of the program, however, as some have learned by visiting the eBay discussion boards and asking their fellow sellers.
eBay spokesperson Ryan Moore pointed to FAQs for additional information. One such FAQ states:
If I am an existing seller, does this update to the User Agreement mean that I have to agree to have my items sold through the Global Shipping Program?
No, you are not required to sell through the Global Shipping Program. The update specifically states that, unless you have previously opted into the program, eBay will not make your items available through the program unless and until you indicate your desire to take advantage of the program. If you decide to use the Global Shipping Program, simply accept the User Agreement in the form of an electronic click-through, when it is presented to you at log in.
I don't recall eBay ever using a User Agreement update in this way, and it seems clearly designed to increase adoption of the Global Shipping Program - eBay's not showing it to all users. The GSP program itself isn't necessarily "good or bad" - it really depends on the seller and the types of items they're listing, and if they want to expose themselves to the risks of selling internationally.
Monday's Newsflash newsletter provides additional information. Let us know if you've had any confusion over the way eBay is implementing this "opt in" program.