Although cash on collection will still be allowed the only other payment method allowed will be PayPal. Cheques, postal orders and bank transfers will be banned.
Whilst eBay trust and safety director, Alastair MacGibbon, acknowledges that some buyers would be upset by being forced to use PayPal, he doesn’t mention sellers likely reaction to the news.
There will doubtless be many sellers unhappy with this move, but in truth it’s not much different from trading on Amazon. On Amazon, even for products are sold by a third party seller, all payments are collected by Amazon who then distribute the money to sellers.
Currently there is no official announcement on the eBay Australia announcement board to confirm the policy changes reported in the press.
Update: eBay have now officially the changes confirming the changes. Interestingly on sites such as the UK a merchant account for credit card processing has been considered a “Safe payment” but not in Australia – Card payments are described as ““.