eBay UK have just announced that from the end of April, as a payment method on their listings.
This change shouldn’t surprise anyone; it’s been edging slowly closer for months now, with all new sellers and those in some specific categories told in January they had to offer PayPal. No doubt some sellers will object vociferously, but largely, I’m in favour. Anything that makes buyers feel safer shopping on eBay is good by me.
Sellers (except those in the specified “PayPal only” categories) are of course free to offer other methods of payment, so long as those comply with the .
The Motors category is exempt from this new rule, which is entirely reasonable; it’s a shame that other categories which normally involve collecting in person (vending machines spring to mind) are not being treated with the same flexibility. I would have liked to see an exemption in categories like Business, Wholesale or Furniture, that if collection in person were listed as the only shipping option, PayPal need not be offered.
eBay UK have also reannounced the possibilty of 21-day payment holds by PayPal. Reading through PayPal’s guidelines, it seems that very few sellers are going to suffer with this: only those who are new and selling more expensive items, or who already have a track record of buyer dissatisfaction, are likely to be targetted. I hope that PayPal are communicating this to new sellers though: it’s hardly a great beginning to your eBay selling career to have your first Â£51 payment put on hold.
Finally, “we look forward to announcing the details of expanded protection for Powersellers in the coming days”. That’ll be the expanded protection that astute TameBay readers are already signing up for, will it?