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Why hasn't anyone sued eBay yet?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ShadeDream, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    Well this thread started as a reply to "Has PayPal Ever Told You They Don;t Accept SEO!" by "silentthunder" but it was kind of off topic to his question in the first place so I just decided to make a thread about it. The first part of this thread is random but anyway, I once had a PayPal limited due to being underage. After 180 days I logged in just to close my account, didn't even bother with the £2 I had in there... I guess I'm just expressing myself. Either way I still use PayPal, only because everyone else uses it. I only use it to pay for things though and accept eBay payments. In fact, if you don't have a PayPal account, eBay can make your life hard. So now onto the main point I'm actually surprised why there hasn't been anyone yet who would file a class action lawsuit against eBay for antitrust practices. eBay does not allow any other payment service providers other than their own PayPal brand which in my opinion is inconvenient for a lot of customers because not everyone wants to use PayPal, and it also destroys competition because it does not give the customer any choice. Another issue is that if you want to use eBay you have to have a PayPal account, if you list an item for sale and in the listing you specifically mention that you will not accept PayPal, eBay will delete your listing as soon as they find out. This is complete bullshit IMO and I hope that someone sues them which will hopefully force them to accept a wide range of payments so that we can say bye bye to PayPal.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. neeganate

    neeganate Junior Member

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    Actually a good argument, I was expecting a dumb rant. But it does seem like they have a monopoly on all online transactions which really could be illegal.
     
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  3. steelballs

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    Good point OP

    But who is going to front and pay for all the millions of dollars needed to take on eBay in a legal battle - I suggest nobody!
     
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    bananaman5000 Regular Member

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    to win i think you would have to prove that there wasn't a good competitor. ebay's argument would be sort of like when google snuffed out twitter and facebook from its search results, their answer was "just use another search if you don't like it".

    now, that's all well and good, but google and ebay damn well know they have over 90% market share. can you imagine a grocery store with 90% market share? you would be totally subject to what that store wanted to charge you.

    you've got a good point here.
     
  5. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    I would, if I had the money. :(
     
  6. Crono

    Crono Registered Member

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    Contact a good lawyer that will start a class action lawsuit for nothing, they will gather a million people or so and sue for $10,000,000 or something like that. Each person in the class action lawsuit will get a check for a penny and the lawyers will pocket $9,990,000 BUT by winning the lawsuit they will open up competition for us all ;) So I think it would be good if the lawyers screwed us this once.