The following is the third page of a letter, reprinted with permission, being sent to all relevant Ministers across Australia, state, territory and Federal by a co-ordinated group of eBay sellers:
“PayPal gives itself the right to access your bank account to reverse payments that it determines should be reversed without any appeal or oversight.
“PayPal has refused to sign the EFT Code of Conduct and so is not covered by the strict trading conditions that the Banks and other financial institutions are subject to. In addition there is no strict oversight of their activities nor an appeal process against their decisions.
“All of these activities are hitting Australian people hard, from small businesses to small-scale income supplement operations. eBay is the biggest site by far; sellers have no real alternative.
“eBay’s actions are squeezing too much from the sellers - it is hurting. Their actions are designed to gain through brute strength (we own the site and can do whatever we want) those things that the ACCC wouldn’t allow them to do.
“I call upon you to intercede with the Ministers responsible for Fair Trading, the ACCC and the Trade Practices Act and call on them to stop this grab for cash by eBay that is hurting so much.
“Support Australians who are trying to make an honest dollar against the might of this Multi National without a heart.”
Here the letter ends with the usual formal closing. Will the eBay empire strike back? Is this a new hope for the eBay rebellion? Will an attack of the eBay clones see PayPal transformed into the phantom menace?
Or will the eBay rebels be forced to see a return of the PayPal? One hopes there is still good in eBay. But strong the dark side of the eBay is. Yeesss. Fight it, the rebels feel they must.
One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.