PayPal rival files complaint against eBay to ACCC

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Paymate, a service similar to eBay’s PayPal, has lodged a compliant with the competition regulator alleging that the auction site has breached the Trade Practices Act after eBay amended its user agreement so sellers must include PayPal as one of the payment options for every listing.

This conduct, Paymate says, restricts its ability (and other payment options) to be adopted on auctions hosted on the site since it mandates PayPal for selling objects.

The ACCC has not commented on the complaint, saying it does not comment on complaints received. There is also no mention of an investigation being done by the competition regulator.

eBay asked the ACCC for immunity after it planned to force all users to use PayPal or Cash on Delivery as the only payment options on the site, however that was rejected by the ACCC. It abandoned the plan on July 3.

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