Australian Officials Accidentally Reveal Google As Responsible For Anti-eBay Filing

from the jockeying-for-position dept

Last month, we wrote about plans by eBay in Australia to ban all non-PayPal payment solutions from the auction site. This has set off quite a firestorm, especially from folks who don't particularly like PayPal. Australian regulators are looking into the matter, and have asked for comments from anyone interested, some of which it's posting online. Most of the comments come with the name of the individual and/or company who sent it in -- but a few were posted anonymously, at the submitter's request. However, it appears that regulators didn't do a very good job scouring for metadata, as someone who looked more closely at the PDF file discovered that it clearly says "Submission by Google re eBay" in the metadata (found via Slashdot).

While this has some wondering if "tensions" are escalating between the two companies, I think it's safe to say that tensions were already quite high between the two companies concerning their competing payment solutions. After all, when Google first launched Google Checkout, eBay quickly banned it from use on the site, claiming (with a straight face) that Google wasn't trustworthy enough, since it didn't have a track record of payment solutions. Then, you may recall a year ago, that Google (childishly) planned a "protest" outside of eBay's own user conference, which resulted in eBay removing all ads from Google for a little while. Considering that eBay is Google's largest advertiser, this was no small move. So, somehow, I doubt the fact that Google filed a comment against banning other payment systems in Australia is going to be seen by either party as an "escalation" of the tension between the two companies.
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    technology pr, 3 Jun 2008 @ 1:36am

    paypal is becoming a monopolistic daemon

    we started using paypal for receiving and sending payments for our free technology press release site. i didn't bother to withdraw money till my funds reached a certain limit. paypal is a major source of revenue for running our business. but now paypal will not allow me to withdraw fund without verification. i have used 6 different banks and cards but paypal is still not successfully verifying my account, in one instance i found that paypal is misspelling the country name INDE instead of INDIA at the time of sending the credit card address for verification. naturally the bank declines the transaction and cancels the verification process. i contacted paypal one week back and still they have not responded back.

    if we allow PayPal to become a monopoly it will start harassing sellers and buyers. in the general interest of everyone we should promote alternative payment gateways. Even google checkout is not seller friendly. Margins charged are also unreasonable. More competition is needed in the online payment space to force back these unruly payent gateways.

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