eBay 'sorry' over policy change


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Jul 11, 2001
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Auction website eBay has apologised for not giving sellers enough notice about a change to the way it lists items.

Until recently, items put up for sale by eBay customers on the UK site automatically appeared in the search results on the bigger American ebay.com site.

But since February, the most common 'simple search' on ebay.com only brings up items for sale by US sellers.

It is still possible for American users to find items listed by UK sellers, but only by clicking on the 'advanced search' option.


Several Working Lunch viewers have contacted the programme angry about the changes.

Peter Jones says his business has been 'decimated', with sales down 90%.

Mr Pugh emailed to say that 'what I once sold in a day now takes over a week'.

The .com is important to sellers as it receives many more hits than the UK site, as well as providing easy access to 300 million American consumers.


Ebay say they've changed the policy to try and make the process more relevant for buyers.

The company says the previous policy was a quirk of the system, as American sellers aren't automatically listed on the UK site.

UK sellers can continue to get their items listed automatically on the bigger site by registering separately and maintaining two eBay accounts.

But putting items up for sale on both site will now incur two listing fees.
I thought this was always the case. I was searching for concert tickets and some appered on ebay.ie but not on .com that was over a year ago.
When searching for dboxes I look at ebay.ie that and do "all regions" then that gives all items with the post shown.

#### all people use ebay to its fullest, it is mostly ebays own fault too.
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its all about the money its all about the dum dum dum duma dum dum....lol they make me sick man they make sooooooooooooooooo much money try selling a car on ebay for a few grand and see what they charge you its a killer!
i've found that if your selling something under 25 quid and the buyer uses paypal with a credit card then its barely worth it. after the listing fee and final value fee u then got the 3.4% charge on top plus whatever else they wanna con u for. most of things i have to sell would now be better at a boot sale where there are only ~100 people rather than on a site where there are supposedly millions :(