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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Filed Under: anonymity, australia, google checkout, metadata, paypal
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  1. identicon
    Zorro, 3 Jun 2008 @ 6:40am

    Paypal

    If you're lucky enough not to have had a problem with Paypal then please don't come on here and just state that Paypal are excellent, no problems - just wait, and keep using it, and eventually they WILL screw you over on something.

    Paypal are dodgy as hell, and seemingly invulnerable. They are like the Taxman - they do what they want and ignore you, you have NO comeback. Paypal want to run like a bank with the benefits that brings, but don't want to be regulated like a bank.

    WHEN are Google going to finally launch a competitor to ebay?

    COME ON GOOGLE! With all the anti-seller changes eBay have recently made, I can pretty much guarantee you could have 1/2 of ebays sellers within the first month or two. Once you have more sellers/items than ebay then that's ebay screwed. And by god do they deserve to be screwed.

    The only thing Ebay has going for it is that is where all the sellers are, but they want somewhere else to go...

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