We are holding a one-day, 50% Off Fixed Price insertion fee sale starting Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 00:00:01 PT (12:00 AM plus one second) and ending that same day, Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 23:59:59 PT (11:59 PM plus 59 seconds). Fixed Price listings on eBay.com that were created prior to November 10, 2004 and scheduled to start during the promotional period will also be eligible for the special promotional rate. During the 50% Off Fixed Price Insertion Fee Sale: For Fixed Price format listings on eBay, the insertion fee will be 50% off. For more information about fees during this sale, go to http://www.ebay.com/promo/10fixprice/. This promotion will not apply to Motors vehicles or non-vehicles, International, Live Auction, Professional Services, Real Estate, Ad Format, and Store Inventory listings. This promotion also does not apply to auction-style listings or auction-style listings with the Buy-it-Now listing upgrade option. All other fees (including Final Value Fees and optional listing upgrade fees such as Border, Highlight, Gallery, Gallery Featured, Featured Plus!, Listing Designer, Bold, Subtitle, Reserve, Extended Duration insertion fees, etc.) will still be charged. The promotional rate does not apply to listings with a start date prior to November 10, 2004, including those listings revised during the promotional period. The promotional rate also does not apply to listings created during the promotional period on November 10, 2004 that are scheduled to start after the promotion ends. We hope you enjoy the 50% Off Fixed Price Insertion Fee Sale!
I'm sure that eBay will push this back onto sellers, but this is the first instance I'm aware of someone chipping away at eBay's argument that they are "just a venue". We'll see if the trend continues and works it's way across the salty atlantic.
Full article is here and here are the highlights:
Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) -- EBay Inc., the world's largest Internet auctioneer, isn't exempt from consumer protection rules that allow customers to return goods without a reason, Germany's highest civil court ruled.
The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe said EBay doesn't meet the definition of an auction under German law, meaning that buyers of goods from professional sellers on the system don't have to have a reason in order to get a refund. German law excludes auctions from some rules on reversing purchases.
``The purpose of a right to return goods was created in the interest of consumer protection'' and should be limited to only a few cases, the court said in an e-mailed statement. ``The consumer who buys a product in an Internet auction is exposed to the same risks as in other forms of distant selling.''
San Jose, California-based EBay made more than a third of its $2.17 billion in revenue outside of the U.S. last year.
The case centers on an unidentified jeweler who sold a diamond bracelet on the service and never received any money because the buyer wasn't happy with the purchase.
This auction for a decommissioned RAF bomber is rumored to be the biggest sale in eBay history (kind of a short description come on guys - give us the details - what missions did it fly? etc..) Unfortunately it doesn't fly. (some kid is going to have a really cool new playground). Thanks to EvanP for sending this my way.
This is a pretty good promo - subtitle and gift for a penny!!! Recommend you definitely take advantage of the subtitle and look at gift if you actually offer some gift services.
Dress up your listings for the holidays during the two-day, 1¢ Subtitle, 1¢ Gift Services and 1¢ Listing Designer Sale! This promotion will be available on the following sites:
eBay Motors (www.ebaymotors.com), for non-vehicle listings.
The Two-Day 1¢ Sale begins Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 00:00:01 PT (12:00 AM plus one second) and ends at 23:59:59 PT on Wednesday, November 3, 2004
(11:59 PM plus 59 seconds). Listings created prior to November 2, 2004 and scheduled to start during the promotional period (November 2-3, 2004) will be eligible for the promotional rate.
During the Two-Day 1¢ Sale:
For auction-style, Fixed Price, eBay Motors non-vehicles, and Real Estate Ad Format listings, the fee for Subtitle, Gift Services and Listing Designer will be $0.01 each. This promotion will not apply for eBay Motors vehicles, International, Live Auction, Professional Services, and Store Inventory listings.
All other fees (including Insertion Fees, Final Value Fees and all other optional listing upgrade fees, such as Border, Buy It Now, Highlight, Gallery, Gallery Featured, Featured Plus!, Bold, Reserve, extended duration insertion fees, etc.) will still be charged. The promotional rate does not apply to listings with a start date prior to November 2, 2004, including those listings revised during the promotional period. The promotional rate also does not apply to listings created during the promotional period (November 2-3, 2004) but scheduled to start after the promotion ends on November 3, 2004.