|Fri Jan 24 2014 22:29:48|
eBay Foists GSP on Seller Upon His Acceptance of User Agreement
It has been some time ago since I read the story of how eBay is using updates to eBay user agreements to force the Global Shipping Program on to sellers. I originally read news of this at ecommercebytes.com.
As a result of reading about this possibility, I have procrastinated in accepting the user agreement when it would pop-up from time-to-time on my eBay site. I knew that I would eventually have to accept it, and this evening I finally did.
I was immediately opted into the Global Shipping Program. Not only was I opted in, I now have to wait 24 hours to opt out. I find it ironic that I have to wait 24 hours to opt out of something that I never opted in to. I was able to bulk edit my listings and take it out of the current active listings, but to opt out of the program altogether, I have to wait 24 hours.
I view these tactics by eBay sneaky, underhanded and downright dishonest. It appears the only way that eBay can get some sellers onboard with the Global Shipping Program is to force them into it. Thankfully I had read of this at EcommerceBytes.
I called customer support to complain about these tactics, but I got little sympathy. Of course that is what I expected.