EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2421 - November 25, 2010     1 of 2

PayPal No Longer Mandatory on eBay France

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eBay sellers in France are no longer required to offer PayPal as a payment method in their listings, effective November 16, 2010. eBay France had begun requiring all sellers accept PayPal last October. In some cases, sellers will still be required to accept PayPal - for example, if they have recently received negative feedback from buyers.

The eBay France announcement informed sellers who use eBay's Turbo Lister listing tool that they must get an updated version of the software if they no longer wished to offer PayPal as a payment method.

According to an AuctionBytes reader in Canada, French sellers had mounted a campaign to have eBay rescind its PayPal payment policy. He wrote, "Thanks to strong French legislation, eBay had no choice but to back off," adding, "Needless to say, many French sellers are ecstatic."

Two years ago, eBay had proposed banning all methods of payment except for its own PayPal service on its Australian marketplace, but was forced by the ACCC government regulatory agency to back down, and earlier this year, it, too, was pressured to stop making PayPal a mandatory payment method.

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