Expressing regret and citing a desire to avoid further confusion and disruption among the eBay community, eBay Australia has withdrawn its notification to the ACCC regarding PayPal-only. Obviously eBay is standing by its contention that PayPal is the safer payment choice for users on eBay.com.au (and for eBay overall for that matter) – and that the goal is always to provide members with a safer shopping experience – but I get the impression that this process went on much longer than originally anticipated.
There was speculation that the Australian market was a trial run for an initiative that could be rolled out in other markets… I would think this decision puts a severe dent in that probability. The full public statement is below.
eBay Australia made the following AB post:
Existing payment methods to remain on eBay.com.au
eBay has withdrawn its notification to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about removing other payment methods. Instead eBay will continue to allow all existing payment methods on eBay.com.au.
We have decided to withdraw the notification to stop any further confusion and disruption among the eBay Community.
eBay regrets any uncertainty that this process has caused among the Community and believe that today’s decision will remove further doubt.
eBay’s goal has always been to provide members with a safer experience. Under the current circumstances, we will continue to look for ways to do that while still offering a variety of payment choices.
eBay requires all sellers to offer PayPal as a payment choice on eBay.com.au along with other permitted payment methods of their choosing.
Although we have decided not to move ahead with the further planned changes, eBay is pleased that all buyers can now choose PayPal along with other permitted payment methods of their choice.
Other recently introduced safety measures, such as PayPal Seller Protection and increased PayPal Buyer Protection (now up to $20,000) will also remain.
The eBay Team