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PayPal, heroin and eBay Australia, oh my!

May 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm by thetheorist

Among all the changes happening to eBay worldwide, one of the most startling announcements has been that eBay Australia will require that PayPal be used for virtually all transactions in Australia (except for items picked up locally).

eBay Australia is hosting several Q&A meetings with eBay users to discuss the new policy. According to, an eBay executive dropped this gem on the crowd when asked why sellers couldn’t offer choices to their buyers:

We’re not allowing people to offer unsafe choices, just like in this democracy you can’t go out and buy heroin on the streets. – Simon Smith, Regional VP for eBay Australia


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  • 1 mareeaustralia May 9, 2008 at 8:28 am

    simon smith is nothing more than a puppet, and not the sharpest tool in the shed either to have come up with the heroin analogy.

  • 2 eBay Boycotter May 9, 2008 at 11:36 am

    eBay is infiltrating every aspect of the online marketplace in an attempt to monopolize it, this has nothing to do with security like eBay/ PayPal wants everyone to believe but instead is about increasing their revenue if they can force people to only use PayPal and no other option that is good news for eBay/PayPal.

    The fraud etc. that eBay/PayPal often refer to is only a scare tactic by eBay/PayPal to win control of the online marketplace, fraud etc. could and can be easily dealt with if eBay/PayPal would follow up on the millions of reports they receive from their users daily however eBay/PayPal choose to ignore these reports because they profit from the fraud and scams running a muck in eBay’s marketplace, It’s as simple as that.

    There is an ongoing global eBay/PayPal boycott in an attempt to bring attention to the monopoly eBay is trying to achieve… Please look into the facts there is much more going on behind the scenes than eBay/PayPal is willing to admit.