eBay Canada waives listing fees for occasional sellers



    New eBay.ca features provide additional peace-of-mind

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - It's easier than ever for Canadians to turn
their unwanted items into cold, hard cash. Starting today, eBay Canada is
providing five free listings every month to anyone conducting online auctions
on eBay.ca.
    The average Canadian household in 2008 accumulated no-longer-needed items
worth a total of $1,216(*). Given the current economic situation, eBay Canada is
encouraging Canadians to earn income from these unwanted items by selling them
online.
    eBay Canada is offering consumers - whether they're already using eBay or
not - five free insertion fees every 30 days for auction-style listings,
regardless of the item's starting price. By using eBay's Sell Your Item form,
it's easy for sellers to post their items to the world's largest online
marketplace in a few simple steps.
    eBay's research shows that the majority of Canadians believe there's a
good chance that they have a valuable item stashed away in their house that
they don't even know about. Rather than discarding unwanted items, it's easy
for consumers to earn extra cash by selling them, especially collectables and
other unique items, on eBay.
    "Canadians surveyed admit that they've either gone ahead and discarded
items that would be considered collectables or worth money or held on to them
because they felt guilty for not recycling," said Andrea Stairs, head of
marketplace development, eBay Canada. "With free listings and improved payment
options, we're giving consumers an easy, safe, and fun way to buy and sell
online."
    The new policy is available to all eBay users when they list with eBay's
Sell Your Item form. eBay sellers are able to opt-out of the new pricing
structure by listing their items via an eBay tool or third-party listing
solution. All eBay sellers should choose the option that works best for them.

    Faster, More Consistent, More Secure

    eBay users can be even more confident when shopping online. Starting June
30th, eligible eBay purchases will be protected up to the full purchase price
plus original shipping costs with Buyer Protection from PayPal. Put simply, on
eligible purchases, if buyers don't get what they paid for, they will get
their money back when they pay with PayPal.
    In addition, research has proven that transactions on eBay are safer when
buyers and sellers use recommended electronic methods. As a result, eBay
Canada has introduced an electronic checkout process that's faster, more
consistent, and more secure for both sellers and buyers. eBay Canada now
requires that sellers offer one of several safer, secure electronic payment
methods, including major credit cards and PayPal.
    To start earning some extra cash, consumers should go to the Sell section
on eBay.ca.

    (*) Based on research from eBay Canada and Leger Marketing.

    About the survey

    The online survey of 1,536 nationally representative adults aged 18 and
older was conducted for eBay Canada by Leger Marketing between May 8 and May
12, 2008. The margin of error for a sample of this size is +/- 2.5%, 19 times
out of 20.

    About eBay Inc.

    Founded in 1995, eBay Inc. connects hundreds of millions of people around
the world every day, empowering them to explore new opportunities and innovate
together. eBay Inc. does this by providing the Internet platforms of choice
for global commerce, payments and communications. Since its inception, eBay
Inc. has expanded to include some of the strongest brands in the world,
including eBay, PayPal, Skype, StubHub, Shopping.com, and others. In Canada,
eBay was visited by more than 8.6 million Canadians in April 2009. (comScore
Media Metrix, April 2009).





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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Nicole
Tuschak, Environics Communications, (416) 969-2712, ntuschak@environicspr.com


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