PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT : New changes to Ebay= Sellers should avoid EBay like the plague!

Ebay is great to buy on, and while for now is still the biggest market for buying and selling, it has increasingly become horrible to sell on, and very antagonistic to sellers.

Their new payment management changes for sellers includes potentially some truly onerous fine print. Perhaps the most unacceptable of which is the following passage:

Buying or selling outside of eBay

If you offer or reference your contact information or ask a buyer for their contact information in the context of buying or selling outside of eBay – opens in new window or tab, you’ll be charged a final value fee based on the total amount of the sale even if your item doesn’t sell. In this situation,

Now I get and agree that Sellers should not be actively trying to divert Ebay traffic and potential sales off Ebay, however a lot of established and reputable sellers list items on multiple sites, and the first one to sell is the first one to sell. Now with Ebay’s above stated policy, even if you end up selling the item through your own web page first, and Ebay discovers it, they will charge your checking account, as if you sold it on Ebay!!

WTF????

A seemingly punitive measure for you to sell on Ebay only. What moron thought of this?! You’re going to charge people for your site failing to be the first to sell the item??!!

Also if a Buyer opens a dispute, which unfortunately happens to the best of sellers, and the seller loses the dispute (which also happens to the best of sellers) Ebay has the following onerous policy change:

Dispute fee

If you are found responsible for a disputed amount as per eBay policies – opens in new window or tab (e.g., chargeback), we charge a $20.00 dispute fee, excluding sales tax, for each dispute.

WHAT?? No Thank you Ebay.

I stopped selling on Ebay a long time ago, even before these absurd policy changes. Now as a seller, I would never sign onto Ebay with their current seller-hostile policies.

In closing, Ebay is still a great place to Buy, but I see that changing as more and more sellers jump ship to find a less onerous company and platform to deal with.