eBay UK is updating the payments terms for its sellers, effective on Saturday, 16 April 2022.
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Here is a look at the new payments terms highlighting significantly changed sections from the previous (currently in force) version.
Section 6 (Managed Payments Limitations)
This wording is significant because previously eBay did not restrict the listings or categories for which it would allow sellers to offer items that did not use their payment service.
The February 2022 Seller Update for the UK did not include any wording that would suggest some categories may become restricted. The assumption is that eBay UK may introduce such restrictions, once the new Payment Terms are in force.
Section 7 (Using Managed Payments) / Disputes
In this section, eBay revised the wording a bit. While much of the gist of the new policy resembles the old policy (even when slightly reworded), there is one major change we highlighted below.
“A buyer (or the owner of a payment instrument) may initiate a chargeback, direct debit reversal, or PayPal buyer protection claim, or otherwise asks their financial institution to open a payment dispute (all referred to solely within this Part I as “Dispute”) in connection with a Managed Payments transaction. The final outcome of the Dispute will be decided by the buyer’s financial institution.“
eBay also makes sure that sellers understand once the process is over on its platform, it’s over. However, they remind sellers that certain legal rights outside of their payment system remain unaffected.
“You will not contest the resolution of any Dispute that we investigate and/or re-present, nor will you re-open resolved Dispute investigations. If you are a consumer in the EU, UK or Australia, your rights to file a complaint or to take legal action in court remain unaffected.”
Section 7 (Using Managed Payments) / Holds
Another area that eBay significantly expanded its wording is on holds.
“You agree that we may place holds on your funds or instruct a payment service provider to hold your funds, prior to disbursement. If you receive funds to a stored value account issued to you under eBay’s Spending Balance Terms and Conditions, a hold may also be placed on funds in the stored value account. If a hold is placed on your funds, the amount and status of the hold will be displayed under the Payments tab in the Seller Hub/My eBay. We will notify you through the eBay Message Center and/or by email and, depending on the reason, may request additional information from you to help resolve the issue. A hold may be placed if we have reason to believe there is an increased risk associated with the provision of our Payment Services or with a certain Managed Payment transaction , for example if we cannot verify your identity or if your buyer files a dispute. Please see our holds help page for more detail on the hold types and examples. We take into consideration relevant factors when assessing the risks including selling history, seller performance, returns and cancellations, chargebacks, riskiness of the listing category, transaction value, the ability to make direct debits from your Linked Financial Account, and the filing of eBay Buyer Protection Program claims. We also may cancel or freeze the settlement of your proceeds as necessary to comply with our legal obligations in connection with fraud prevention, risk management, or regulatory compliance. Any hold placed on your funds will be lifted when the issue is resolved”
Section 7 (Using Managed Payments) / Reserves
This area also ballooned with new terms, going from about one paragraph to four, including adding two new concepts, a rolling reserve and a minimum reserve. Neither of these was present in the previous agreement.
A rolling reserve is a reserve funded by withholding a set percentage of your transaction proceeds each day for a fixed period to be released to you later at a scheduled time on a rolling basis. For example, we may require a rolling reserve of 10% for a period of 60 days. Under this requirement, 10% of your transaction proceeds earned on day 1 will be withheld from your payouts and then be released to you on day 61. Subsequently, 10% of your transaction proceeds earned on day 2 will be withheld and then released to you on day 62, and so forth. Rolling reserves are the most common type of reserve.
A minimum reserve is a requirement to hold a specific amount of money in your reserve. A minimum reserve may be funded by contributing a set percentage of your daily transaction proceeds to the reserve up to the minimum requirement, or by setting-off the entire amount of the minimum requirement from your pending payouts. For example, if we require a minimum reserve of $5,000, the reserve may be funded by contributing 10% of your transaction proceeds to the reserve each day until the amount reaches $5,000. Alternately, if your pending payouts equal or exceed $5,000, the minimum reserve may be funded by setting off the reserve requirement from your pending payouts at one-time in full.
Other European eBay Payment Entities
Because eBay manages payments in Europe through different entities, the new agreement adds this wording for payments settled by ECUK (UK) and eBay Sarl (EU) specifically.
“We may disable specific payment method(s) available to buyers for all or some of your listings if we reasonably believe the use of such payment methods for your transactions will increase regulatory, financial, or other risk to us. For example, if you would like to offer a high-priced item with a new eBay account, we may disable such payment methods where the amount is credited with a time delay after the transaction (e.g. direct debit or payment upon invoice). In assessing the risk, we consider relevant factors such as your sales history, service status, eBay account history, risks associated with certain item categories, transaction value, and number and monetary amounts of eBay Buyer Protection cases. We will re-enable the affected payment method(s) for your listings once the risk no longer exists.”
This article highlights the most significant changes we found. We strongly urge UK sellers to read the entire update which is available here.
eBay says that users who choose not to accept the changes can see Part I/Section 10 for further information but essentially the only way to get out of these terms is to close the eBay account.
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Richard is co-founder of eSeller365. He has over 17 years of experience on eBay which includes tens of thousands of sales to buyers in over 100 countries and even has experience with eBay’s VeRO program enforcing intellectual property rights for a former employer. And for about two years Richard sold products on Amazon using Amazon FBA in the US.
To “relax” from the daily business grind, for a few weekends a year, he also works for IMSA as a professional race official.