Thursday, January 25, 2007

E-Bay & Paypal at War With Google

I thought readers might be interested in this if you sell coins or for that matter anything on E-Bay you might find this interesting.

Sellers in the Middle of eBay - Google Conflict

By Ina January 22, 2007

eBay has long denied it competes with Google. It was only 1 year ago that CEO Meg Whitman was quoted in theFinancial Times newspaper saying she believed Google,Yahoo, eBay and Amazon would focus on their core activities rather than compete with each other head-on. In support of her prediction, Whitman said eBay specialized in ecommerce, payment and voice communication, while "Google stands for search." Since that interview, Google launched its Checkout payment processing system and recently said it has ambitious plans for its Google Base offering(

eBay meanwhile banned its sellers from using GoogleCheckout, and earlier this month, eBay said it would only protect buyers in PayPal-funded transactions. On Wednesday, eBay said it would begin requiring newsellers to accept PayPal or a merchant credit card in order to list items on the US and Canadian sites. The same day, Google started using its prime search page to advertise a special promotion offering buyers $10 to spend when they used Google Checkout.

On Thursday, gossip-blog Valleywag said the Google promotion signaled the end of a "cease-fire" between the companies. Valleywag said a former executive at eBay told it the two companies had "agreed tacitly in 2003 to stay out of each other's turf," and that as recently as last August, the two companies were still trying to avoid conflict ( Herring magazine concurred on Friday, calling theGoogle - eBay war "official" ( said its decision to institute its Safe Paymentspolicy in October 2005, now called the AcceptedPayment policy, was based on safety concerns and inputfrom the Community. But eBay PowerSellers are getting itchy for eBay tolet them process payments through Google Checkout.

While eBay's payment service PayPal can cost 2.9% plus per-transaction fees, Google made Checkout free through the end of 2007. Those dollars add up, and theInternet Merchants Association (IMA) - a group of 200top eBay sellers - started an online petition to demand that eBay leaders remove the ban on GoogleCheckout ( spokesperson Hani Durzy told Red Herring therewas little if any merchant demand for Google Checkout. eBay is increasingly finding itself bumping into Google folks at eBay seller events.

The next such meeting will take place at the IMA conference next month, where eBay will present a session called "Newin 2007," while Google will spend 3 hours explaining its AdWords, Google Checkout, Google Base and Froogle programs. Sellers can only hope they will be the beneficiaries of battles between the behemoths.

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