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Socoder -> On Topic -> A message from eBay

Posted : Thursday, 21 September 2017, 09:54

A message from eBay

Just got an email from eBay, to say they're starting to charge final listing fees etc if you complete a transaction outside of eBay. Basically if a customer finds you on eBay, they think they deserve to be given money if you do a deal with that customer that doesn't involve eBay.

This fucking stinks.

Here's the email:
We’ve updated the eBay.​co.​uk User Agreement.
These changes are effective immediately for new members and from 22 October 2017 for current members.
Here’s a summary of the main changes:
• We’ve added new terms to the User Agreement to clarify that users are not permitted to complete outside of eBay any sales transactions with each other arising from items listed on the eBay platform. Offers to buy and sell or communicate outside of eBay constitute policy violations and may be subject to a range of actions including limits on buying and selling privileges as well as the application of final value fees for such transactions, the application of fees for the introduction of a seller to a buyer and the recovery of expenses for policy monitoring and enforcement. The same can result from sharing or requesting contact information with the intention to trade outside of eBay. You can read the relevant policy here.
• We have included language which means that we may deduct fees, charges or other amounts which you owe us from an eBay credit balance held or controlled by you.
As with earlier updates, we’ve made other changes to keep the User Agreement up to date with the products and services we provide.
You don’t need to take any further action to accept the new User Agreement. If you choose not to accept the new terms, visit this help page for further information.
The eBay Team

The words "help page" above, link to here: https://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/account/closing-account.html

So the bottom line is "agree to our shit, or fuck off".
Posted : Thursday, 21 September 2017, 10:09
Yup, you're effectively stuffed if you sell a service that requires custom artwork to be sent over via ebay now also (unless it's for a tiny businesscard).

Have a proper look through it all on tamebay.


I've had to perform extensive work through all our listings with their API and found faults with the API also, crazy site!

They even requested that our company logo contains NO TEXT on it , from fear of people completing transactions over ebay.

But, it is, frustratingly, their marketplace and they're free to make whatever damned decisions they want with it, even if that does mean alienating a percentage of their seller base.

I'm not exactly overjoyed about it myself.

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